The rain and cool weather were the perfect recipe for a messy course at the Mud Games, a first-ever obstacle mud run at Metro Gun Club in Blaine. But the wet conditions didn’t keep Minnesota School of Business-Blaine students from bringing their A-game to the competition.
Collegiate DECA students Thomas Monson, Jonathan Schwerr, Breanne Nelson, Elena Pavlova and Jesse Lindberg volunteered their time during the morning of June 9, the second day of the two-day event, and competed in the afternoon.
The group arrived to the Mud Games bright and early to check in as volunteers. They were assigned to be at the food and beverage tents serving walking tacos, soda, Powerade and beer.
“I had a lot of fun volunteering at the Mud Games,” said Breanne Nelson, who is obtaining her Master of Business Administration degree from the Minneapolis campus. “There’s something about volunteering that gives you that self-satisfaction in knowing that you are doing something good, and someday you will get the same in return.”
Nelson added that for Collegiate DECA, volunteering and getting involved with the community is something that is instilled within the organization, and is part of what makes up what the organization is all about.
Following volunteering, four of the students got ready to compete. The event was set up in heats, so each participant was able to sign up for their preferred starting time.
There were two course options for competitors—a 1.5 mile course with six obstacles for beginners, and a 3.1 mile course with 12 obstacles, which was a little more intense.
Obstacles for the course included:
- Multiple Tire Run
- Rope Swing
- Over Under
- Vertical Rope Climb
- Rope Web
- Balance Beam
- Uneven Monkey Bars
- Trench Crawl
- Mud Box Crawl
- Rock Climbing Slide
The event benefited Children’s Hospital of Minnesota, the Minnesota Heat youth basketball organization, the University of Minnesota Obesity Center, and various other charities.