NEWTOWN SQUARE–This weekend's Mud Run for MS (multiple sclerosis) brought out nearly 4,000 mud runners and over a 100 volunteers. The Mud Run's 10-kilometer (6.2 miles) course over natural terrain is lined with obstacles the runners must surmount. Many of those obstacles involve mud and water.
It is the second year for the event, which is jointly staged by the Delaware Valley and Greater Delaware Chapters of the MS Society. Last year, there were 900 runners and $90,000 was raised. This year the 4,000 runners raised half a million dollars.
Runners are grouped in heats that start every half an hour. While leaving in a group, the finishers are strung out over a long line. The average time for a regular 10K race is 45 to 60 minutes with the best runners finishing at around 30 minutes. The 10K of the Mud Run takes the best runners over an hour to complete the course, and there are only a handful that can make that kind of time. The best time on Saturday was turned in by Spiderman Team member Jason Lyon of Lancaster, PA, who competed the course in 56 minutes.
The event is a two-day affair in which individuals and teams of runners participate. The start/finish area is festive with bands and other entertainment. Sponsors have booths set there as well. The Mud Run started at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The start/finish area is located at 3855 West Chester Pike, a few blocks south of Route 252/Newtown Street Rad in Newtown Square.