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Mudrunners brave the heat at Selo Ukraina


About 700 people took to the trails around Selo Ukraina, Saturday for the annual Vanguard Catalyst Credit Union Manitoba Mudrun.
Organizer Kevin Steinbachs said the numbers were down from previous years, but notes there are more events taking place in other locations.
“It’s always more challenging to get people, because there’s more options out there,” he said.
The biggest challenge to this year’s run was the weather, with temperatures soaring into the mid 30s. To combat that, organizers moved the start time ahead to 8:30 a.m. and they added more water obstacles to help keep runners cool.
“Actually, the spectators were the ones that got in trouble for getting too hot,” Steinbachs said, adding organizers doubled the amount of water handed out.
The earlier start time seemed to work as the run ended around 2 p.m., two hours earlier than usual.
There were some new obstacles added to the course this year, such as a zip line, ninja steps and bouncing balls.
Overall, Steinbachs was pleased with this year’s event.
The mudrun was marred by a couple of injuries, one serious. Steinbachs said they will look at increasing the safety factor for next year’s event.
“Just trying to get people to listen to us is the biggest one. Listen to the volunteers. They’re telling you things for a reason,” he said.
Plans are already in place to host the mudrun, Aug. 10 next year.

Doug Zywina