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Fun in the mud, with challenges as the hitch: Mad Max Mud Run 2012 - Course Preview in Photos

If you love the outdoors, the beautiful Texas Fall-time weather, playing in the mud, and the thrill of a foot race with 12 obstacles between you and the finish line, the Mad Max Mud Run is the event designed for you.

“I think we did a good job of making the course hard enough to challenge those who’ve conditioned, yet still ‘easy’ enough for anyone to complete the course,” stated Stephanie Connot, Executive Director of the Lamar County Coalition of Education, Business & Industry.

The Mud Run is the organization’s (LCCEBI) first annual fundraiser.  With a military theme and the same namesake as Camp Maxey, the race is just under 3.5 miles and twists and turns through trails in the woods, while offering 12 physically challenging obstacles along the way.  A few of the obstacles are a Mud Crawl, Cave Crawl, a Rope Swing, a Climbing Wall, a three-tier balance beam over standing water, and more.

“We’ve been planning and preparing this for several months now — since July,” Connot continued.

The plot of land that is home to the annual race is located just north of Paris on Highway 271.

The first heat of the race will begin at 9pm, with waves of racers taking off every 30 minutes after that until 12pm.  There will be a special heat of only military personnel taking off at 11:30am.

Registration is still open and you can even register on-site the day of the race.  All funds and registration fees benefit the Lamar County Coalition of Education, Business & Industry and their many programs that benefit Lamar County, such as Project SAVE, Texas Scholars, Reading to the Future, Fit 4 Life, and Kids Marathon, to name a few.

This event has attracted the attention of many people and, being the first event of its kind to be held in Paris, a huge number of racers and spectators are expected to participate.

“So far we have about 360 racers registered for the race,” continued Connot.

Although this race is not timed and not officially a competitive ‘race’, the idea is to have fun, but to also finish — a race based on completion.

Those that do complete the course in any amount of time will receive their very own set of military style, ‘Mad Max’ dog tags.

As a really special gift to those that are participating, if you take these ‘Mad Max’ dog tags you receive to the special after party at Buffalo Joe’s, you will get a FREE beer.

There will be live music by the Draggin’ Man Band.  The after party will start soon after the race is complete, around 1pm.

Below is a gallery of photos taken from a tour of the course.  Some of the track is in the woods, some of it is over water, and most all of it is in the mud.  If you’re already a runner, you’ll love the scenic trail, just be sure and wear some attire that you don’t mind getting dirty — mud will be EVERYWHERE.

For more information, visit the official website of the Mad Max Mud Run at

Article & Photos by Josh Allen/Managing Editor

Event sponsors are: Premier Home Care & Hospice, Buffalo Joe’s, Paris Economic Development Corporation, Campbell Soup, Paris Regional Medical Center, Paris Lumber, U.S. Army, Paris Chevrolet, Peoples Bank, The Home Depot, Platinum Home Health, Edward Jones Investments, Scott’s Collision Repair, GNC, Kwik Kopy, LMAO Comedy, James Hodge Motors, Cellucor, National Guard, First Federal Community Bank, Pine Valley, Pierson & Fendley Insurance, and Randy Connot Construction.