one of the many obstacles that await competitors
in the Kosama Warrior Mud Run on Saturday,
May 19 at Sleepy Hollow Sports Park, 4051
Dean Ave. To register or to find information
on all of Sleepy Hollows’ upcoming endurance
races, visit sleepyhollowraceplace.com.
Get ready for mud, sweat and tears
Endurance races or adventure racing have quickly
become one of the most popular events in the
country as competitors battle it out over a
grueling course through a variety of elements
including mud, water and fire. This growing
trend is why Sleepy Hollow Sports Park decided
to team up with Kosama for the 5K Kosama Warrior
Mud Run on Saturday, May 19.
“We were already looking to create an event
like this and Kosama came to us with the idea,
so it worked out for both of us,” said Max Kenkel,
general manger of Sleepy Hollow Sports Park.
Along with the Kosama Warrior Mud Run, Sleepy
Hollow will also host the Kosama Warrior Water
Run (July 14), the Aspen Warrior Fire Run (Aug.
25) and the Run of the Living Dead (Oct. 13).
Those who register for all four events can receive
“In general I think people are becoming bored
competing in a regular 5K race,” Kenkel said.
“These endurance races are immensely popular,
and we have a great facility where we can use
every element to create different obstacles.”
Kenkel said the Mud Run will feature 30 different
obstacles where competitors must climb walls,
crawl over debris and through mud, jump over
fire and finish with a massive 30-foot mountain
“We’re advertising 30 obstacles in the race,
but it’s probably closer to 50 because we had
a lot of fun coming up with ways to get people
muddy,” he laughed. “There will be about 10-15
obstacles that will be a part of every race,
but the rest will be different as we focus on
the other race themes.”
With all of the elements involved, Kenkel wants
to assure everyone the event is safe.
“Some of the touring races don’t have enough
help sometimes, so we made sure and focused
on the safety aspect,” he said. “Every obstacle
has a pass, so if you don’t think you can complete
the challenge, you can go around. But if you
want to be in the running for the prizes, you
have to complete each course.”
Interested participants can register ($65) online
or the day of the event (use the code KOSAMA12
and save $5). Cash prizes will be awarded to
the top finishers in each age division and an
overall prize for the top male and female finisher.
Three bands and a DJ will perform throughout
the day. The event is free for spectators, and
there will be drink specials.
“All of the competitors will receive free food
and beer, as we wanted to create a big party
atmosphere and encourage people to hang out
after the race,” Kenkel said.
Kenkel encourages everyone, regardless of how
physically fit they are, to experience the Mud
“You don’t have to be ‘Tony Fitness’ to compete;
anyone can do it no matter if you’re in shape
or out of shape,” he said. “You can run a 5K
almost every weekend, but you won’t find a more
unique experience than at the Mud Run. Come
out, have some fun and get muddy.” CV