BLAKE BELDEN/HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT Runners make their way through the mud pit at the Henricus Mudstock 5k on Saturday.
CHESTERFIELD — Excited screams, clenched teeth, and explosions of wet mud emanated from the pit as runners crawled on hands and knees to reach the end of the Henricus Mudstock 5k.
Organized by Sports Backers, their very first Woodstock-themed mud run took place in the Henricus Historical Park on Saturday evening, where runners ran 3.1 miles along the scenic James River with several “party stations” along the way including water sprays and tie-dye blasts accompanied by the tune of many popular ‘60s rock songs.
Just before the finish line, after the race wound through the historic Henricus Citie, the more than 500 runners were forced to elbow their way through a shallow pit filled to the brim with mud.
With hits by Credence Clearwater Revival, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles playing from the speakers, big smiles and muddy hugs set the scene at the end of the race.
Cristina Perez-Rubio traveled from Washington, D.C., to run in the race with her best friend Sarah Negrin, from Richmond.
Both Perez-Rubio and Negrin were caked in mud as they crossed the finish line, and although they thought the race was going to be more muddy throughout the entire run rather than just at the finish, they said it was a lot of fun.
“It was really well organized,” Negrin said, commending the event’s very first go around.
Perez-Rubio said that it was not as challenging as a more obstacle-oriented race such as the Warrior Dash, but that “this whole thing was so much fun, I wasn’t disappointed,” with an emphasis on the extra activities that the event offered the runners.
At the end of the race, there was beer, food, music a bonfire and outdoor lawn games available for anyone who wanted to stay and hang around for a few hours. Located at a point in the park right alongside the James River, there was a large outlook that looked over the river toward the Enon-Varina Bridge.
All of the participants in the race received a T-shirt, bandana, drink ticket and temporary tattoos following the run.