By Elizabeth Marie Himchak
The price has been reduced for teenage students entering the inaugural SoCal Mud Run on Sunday that benefits Del Norte and Rancho Bernardo high schools plus wounded veterans.
Director Dennis Yeatman said he heard a lot of high school students were interested in joining the 5K obstacle course event, but the entry fee exceeded their budgets. Therefore, earlier this week he reduced the entry fee for 13- to 18-year-olds to $25. Use code RB25 when registering.
The deadline for all participants is Friday, April 19. Register at
- Children ages 5 to 12 can participate in a shorter or alternative course and must be accompanied by a registered adult. The children’s entry fee is $25. The fee for adults is $70 and for active duty military it is $60. Team rates are also available.
The run will be held on Sunday, April 21 in Rancho Bernardo Community Park plus trails adjacent to it and Lake Hodges. There will be two waves, an 8:30 a.m. start geared toward Del Norte High supporters and 11:30 a.m. start for those with Rancho Bernardo High ties, though individuals can enter either as their schedule permits.
As of Monday, Yeatman said around 80 registrants said they wanted their entry fee to benefit Rancho Bernardo High School, 25 listed Del Norte High School and 30 designated the Travis Manion Foundation, which assists veterans and families of those who died in service to the United States.
Yeatman said the event will likely draw around 200 participants, which will be “pretty good for a first year.”
The 5K run will feature many obstacles that participants will climb over or go under. They will also slither through mud and jog into the lake to ring a bell.
Yeatman said at many of the more than 20 obstacles there will be choices — such as going over a 5-foot 8-inch wall or one that is 4 feet 4 inches tall. There will be a long and short balance beam and the sand bag weight options will be 25 pounds and 40 pounds.
As for some of the other obstacles, they include the Titanic plunge — where one goes down an inflatable slide into ice water, Michelin Mountain, tunnel crawl, Haystack Hill — climb over 50 hay bales, and mud pit.
Participants are being advised to wear old clothes and shoes, since they might throw them away afterward, and encouraged to wear costumes or school colors.