Camp Pendleton Mud Run

June 10, 2009 · 3 comments

in San Diego Activites

My wife and I, along with a couple of family members and friends will be running in the Camp Pendleton Mud Run on June 13, 2009.

This is a 10 kilometer course (10k = approximately 6.2 miles), which is further than either of us have ever run at one time. Yeah, this will be one hell of a challenge for both of us, and we are in good physical and mental shape. OOOOHHHH YEAH… If the distance isn’t already enough of a challenge, checkout the things that will be thrown our way, as we tackle this looooong, hilly and winding course.

Camp Pendleton Mud Run Course

Per the Mud Run’s official website:

The Mud Run is a challenging 10K run with hills, tire obstacles, river crossings, two 5-foot walls with mud on both sides, tunnel crawl, slippery hill climb, and the final 30-foot mud pit. Along the course there will be 6 water points with personnel staged at each.

What they don’t tell you is that there will be Marines firing water at us along the way or that the elevation changes along the course are pretty insane. Nonetheless, we’re both pretty stoked to take part in our very first Mud Run and perhaps a bit anxious, as well. I know we’ll get through this together and love every minute of it. (View full-sized map.)

Further, the fact that everything we have read online or heard about the Camp Pendleton Mud Run has been nothing short of AWESOME! I have yet to find a valid review from anybody saying that this is the most fun race they’ve ever run and why they’ll continue to run it, year after year.

At any rate, wish us luck. We wish everybody in the race a safe and VERY fun day in the mud.

If you’ve run this race in the past, please drop a comment. I’d love to read about your personal experience.


The weather was perfect for running this morning–cloudy with a bit of drizzle and not too cold.

I believe there were over 4,000 individuals and I am not sure how many people made up the Teams. At certain points along the course it did get a bit congested, but everybody was having a really good time.

The course was really dirty and challenging, but I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat. In fact, I am actually looking forward to the next race. Seriously, if you are in San Diego and have not run this race… DO IT! Here’s the link to the Camp Pendleton Mud Run. Enjoy!

Note: You do not need to run the entire race; plenty of people were walking at various speeds.

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1 Melissa Itzkowitz June 12, 2009 at 8:45 am

Looking forward to our first Mud Run. If it’s as fun as everyone says, it won’t be our last. Either way…it’s a great excuse to buy a new pair of running shoes. I’m not so sure about waking up at 4:30 on a Saturday morning though.
I hope we survive.


2 Shirl Boyle June 12, 2009 at 8:23 am

I think this race sounds so cool. If I could run, I would have signed up. I hope next year I will be able to participate. There should be more promos about this on the local news.

I wishi you & the wife luck w/ it. I am hoping to see photos on your blog!


3 Jeff June 12, 2009 at 7:06 am

Eric, I have never done this race but it sounds like a great challenge. Good luck to you and your family for a safe and successful race.


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