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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The Muddy Buddy

Some came to mountain bike in their underwear and others were motivated by the promise of free beer. But it was the prospect of getting really dirty that brought Chris Phillips to town for an offbeat, obstacle-filled running and biking race.

"One thing was on my mind the whole time: the mud pit," Phillips said after finishing the final obstacle of the Muddy Buddy race. "Plus, it was hot, and I was ready for a little cool down."

The Muddy Buddy, a six-mile duathlon that ends with an Army-style crawl through a 50-foot-long mud pit, attracted more than 1,600 racers recently to the Boulder Reservoir. Two-member teams traded off between trail running and mountain biking, with each leg divided by a giant air-filled wall, monkey bars or some other kind of obstacle.