Swamp Tromp figures to get entrants down and dirty

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Second annual fundraiser coming up Saturday

By Lisa King

For the second year in a row, the Clear Creek Swamp Tromp, will provide the chance to get muddy, sweaty and out of breath, and help out a good cause, all at the same time.

The event, scheduled for Saturday at Clear Creek Park, a fundraiser for Shelby Prevention and Shelby County Parks, will include both a 5K obstacle course and a 10K mud race, as well as 1.5- mile family course, Parks Director Shawn Pickens said.

The event, a fundraiser for Shelby Prevention and Shelby County Parks, will be structured basically the same as last year.

“We have improved on the children’s course, that’s a mile long that’s more kid friendly with easier obstacles for the youngsters,” he said.

Participants will be sliding and romping through mud, sand, dirt and water to music at the beginning of the event, which will get a litter tougher in the latter stages.

Pickens said that this year, there would be a couple of additions to last year’s 20 challenging obstacles.

“We have changed some of the obstacles because we had some people last year that had to wait, so we have added some additional ones and made some bigger and wider to allow more people to get through them,” he said. “So we hope that will make the flow a lot quicker.”

Some of the obstacles that racers can look forward to on Saturday are cargo nets, tires to run through, lake and creek crossings, adult-sized monkey bars, rope climbs, having to jump from hay bale to hay bale, crawling under barbed wire while in sand, a giant Slip ‘N Slide and more.

The Tromp, the brainchild of Elizabeth Pulliam, who has competed in a similar event, is expected to draw more than a hundred participants, Pickens said.

“So far ninety-three people have preregistered, and several people are expected to register on the day of the event,” he said Thursday.

Pickens said that from 25 to 30 volunteers are needed to help run the event, and that most of those are in place, but that more would be greatly appreciated, something that Stacy Triplett, office manager for Shelby Prevention, encourages.

“We still need volunteers to help man the obstacles,” she said. “We need people to point runners in the right directions and make sure people are going over or through the obstacles in the right way. We also need help with clean up.”

Triplett said several groups, such as ROTC groups from Shelby County High School and Collins, will be participating and helping to clean up.

“Anyone who wants to volunteer should go to the orientation,” she said.

Orientation will be held at 6 p.m. at the Colonel Sanders Pavilion.

FAC Director Jeremiah Heath said that the cost is participate is also cheaper this time, but about $20 per participant, at $25, compared to $45 last year.

“The adult course is about half the cost of similar events,” he said. “We have had people tell us that our event is as good or better as some events they’ve been to around the country.”

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Start time will be 9 a.m. Registration may be completed at www.active.comor at the Family Activity Center. For more information, call 633-5059.

Clear Creek
Swamp Tromp

WHAT: Obstacle course fitness competition and fun run for charity.
WHEN: 8 a.m., Saturday.
WHERE: Clear Creek Park.
ENTRY: Fees range from $25 to $65. Register at www.active.com.

MORE INFORMATION:Visit www.shelbycountyparks.com.