Monday, December 22, 2014

Mud People

Muddy Fun in the Sun

Mud People

My note Sunday morning said "Race starts at 7.45 a.m. most are likely to be finished by about 8.45 a.m."

That's about all I knew about the "Merrell Down & Dirty Mud Run." Before leaving I looked at the event's website and saw photos of the muddy runners, and descriptions of the six to nine obstacles, including a ladder wall, tunnel, and hurdles. Also saw they sold out after 6,000 runners registered. But I still didn't really know what to expect.

I got a hint it might be bigger than a forty-minute race as I sat in a line of traffic on the Schuylkill Expressway waiting to exit  for Fairmount Park. Turned out to be a muddy good time. Click here, or on one of the photos for a gallery with more pictures. Or here for the video.

Tom Gralish Inquirer Staff Photographer
About this blog

Tom Gralish is a general assignment photographer at The Inquirer, concentrating on local news and self-generated feature photos.

He has been at the paper since 1983, photographing everything from revolution in the Philippines to George W. Bush’s road to the White House to homeless people living on the street right outside his newspaper's front door. For his photo essay on Philadelphia’s homeless, he was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Award.

His weekly newspaper column, "Scene Through the Lens," takes a look at Philadelphia's urban landscape.

Gralish, along with Inquirer colleague and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Vitez, spent a year visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art to capture the stories and photos of "Rocky runners" who come from all over the world to climb the steps - just as Sylvester Stallone did in the Academy Award winning film, Rocky. Their book, Rocky Stories: Tales of Love, Hope and Happiness at America’s Most Famous Steps, was published in November 2006.

Reach Tom at tgralish@phillynews.com.

Tom Gralish Inquirer Staff Photographer
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