After each mud run or obstacle race I compete in, you'll get my review and grades for each event to help you decide which ones you might want to sign up for. The following categories will be discussed:

1. COURSE- the design, venue, and setup of the race itself- how creative/ adventurous/ difficult the obstacles were, and obviously... how was the MUD?!?

2. FESTIVAL- all the fun beyond the actual race- the social atmosphere which usually includes food, beer garden, dj/ music/ concert, contests, vendors, and more during the after-party

3. SWAG- the included goodie bag and prizes up for grabs- all the "free" stuff that comes with price of entry and the quality of awards, shirts, and other giveaways

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RUNAMUCK, Harriman State Park NY, 6/16/12

Second round for me at RunAmuck (which seems to be changing to the name "Run-A-Mud" now?), one of the less competitive events on my schedule. While still held in Harriman State Park, the specific location moved to nearby Anthony Wayne Rec. Area, since I believe Sebago Beach is closed this year. Seemed like a good turnout, bigger than 2011, but in some ways I felt it was a step down from what they had before.

1. COURSE- A little disappointed in the location switch, which meant changes to the course such as no water crossing at the beach/lake, my favorite part. Whether people liked it or not also, the course was longer than last year and a further distance than advertised- closer to 4+ miles than the supposed 3 miles they posted. The majority of the course was essentially a technical trail run, with pretty low level obstacles (balance beams, over/under walls, and rock climb inclines) thrown in mainly toward the end. Last year, RunAmuck provided one of my all-time most favorite deep, sticky, mud pits- this year just reduced to an above-ground box of mostly water and topsoil.  GRADE = B

2. FESTIVAL- Decent as far as setup and location, for plenty to view the start/finish, mud pit, and stage where emcee and a DJ kept the people loose with tunes and crowd interaction (race warmups, on-stage awards, etc). Still, too little to earn a solid grade when missing vendors, contests, or much of anything to really do after finishing the race. GRADE = C

3. SWAG- Same as last year, so not much to add. Simple cotton tshirt is all you get for the registration, and medals just for top-3 men and women. Need better, and more, giveaways (although the signup IS just a relatively cheap $40 or so). Maybe as this race grows, its goodie bag will too.  GRADE = C