On Saturday, August 16, there's going to be a competition at Unionville's Plantation Field involving just people, not people on horses. In "Mudderella," the competitors take on a challenging and, yes, very muddy five-mile cross-country obstacle course (think military basic training videos). This description of one obstacle says it better than I can: "Trampoline onto a cargo net, climb up a wall and shoot down a slippery slide into a muddy pool; it’s three obstacles in one that tests agility, strength and fearlessness."
It's not to everyone's taste, certainly, but I know a few hard-core athletes who formed a team and signed up enthusiastically as soon as they heard the national series was coming to our area. They are counting down the days.