Rowdy Run takes Lake area 5K to the extreme

Runners in the first heat of the Osage River Bottom Rowdy Run — listed as the fastest, strongest and most competitive — run through a ditch of mud on Saturday.

Runners in the first heat of the Osage River Bottom Rowdy Run — listed as the fastest, strongest and most competitive — run through a ditch of mud on Saturday. Photo by Rebecca Martin.

The Lake of the Ozarks area got a little rowdy Saturday at the first Osage River Bottom Rowdy Run at River Bottom MX Motocross Park in Kaiser.

The 5K obstacle mud race drew extreme athletes, devoted runners and even some children with an adventurous streak to dash through boulders, bluffs, streams, hills, fields and other natural terrain-based obstacles.

The races kicked off with the first heat of the strongest, fastest and most competitive runners at 2 p.m., followed by heats of less competitive races, a parent-child run and a 1-mile course for children ages 6 to 15. The races were untimed, so many runners participated just for the fun of running through the mud.

Participants and spectators also enjoyed entertainment throughout the day, including music from DJ Johnny Marsi and band Blackwater, with the Baub Eis Band wrapping up the evening at the after-run field party. Some who took the event to the extreme even camped overnight at the motocross park.

Proceeds from the Rowdy Run will benefit three local charities: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Off-Road-Riders Matter and the Warrior Transition Unit of Ft. Leonard Wood. Fittingly, the race took place during Warrior Care Month, which military services observe each November. Warrior transition units like the one benefitting from the race provide support to soldiers who need at least six months of rehabilitative care.

Off-Road Riders Matter, which is headquartered at River Bottom MX, provides education and activities for children to explore motocross in a safe environment and the positive personal benefits that can transfer from the sport to school, career and family life.

Event organizers hope to make the Osage River Bottom Rowdy Run an annual event at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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