Cody Butler of West Valley City took first place in the inaugural Mud Run MS Utah at the Millersports Park in Tooele on Saturday, August 13th. He competed against approximately 350 runners from several states and throughout Utah.
The Mud Run MS raised $50,000 for multiple sclerosis research and local programs and services for people impacted by the disease.
Designed by former Marines, Mud Run MS Utah is a 10K (6.2 miles) “boot camp” style obstacle course. Saturday’s event had more than 20 obstacles, including swinging across mud pits, crawling on elbows through wet dirt, gliding down a 30 foot tall slip and slide splashing into the mud, and other fun challenges. The adventure finished with the Tooele Fire Department hosing participants off.
While a majority of the participants ran in the DGAP division (Don’t Give A Poop), a group of runners also signed up for the competitive Trophy division and ran to beat the clock. Cody as the top individual finisher, beating the second place finisher by about 40 seconds.
The proceeds for the Mud Run MS go to fight Multiple Sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. MS interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body and affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. It is believed that about one in 300 people are affected in the US. For more information on local programs and services, visit cureMSutah.org.