Ask most endurance athletes to embark upon a 3.5 mile obstacle course and you will get plenty of takers. Now ask those brave souls to embark upon a 3.5 mile obstacle course of rope mounds, low crawls, underground pits, all inundated with mud….followed by more mud…and then…well you get the picture. Put simply, mud runs require a certain breed of competitor.
On Saturday, September 29th, the GoodwillMud Run (presented by St. Francis Sports Medicine) will be held at the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center (formerly the Donaldson Center). The event is in its eighth year and 10th edition. Appeal for the event is so high that Saturday’s race will follow an April event where 904 teams partook in the course.
While there is a palpable buzz in the air as race day nears, Callahan is not ignoring the overriding goal of promoting Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina. The non-profit organization’s mission is to provide job training and placement for individuals seeking to break into the job market. Primary funding comes from the sales of donated clothing and goods throughout the region. But funds are also generated through annual events such as this weekend’s Mud Run that, according to Callahan, helped to bring 7,282 individuals back into the workforce last fiscal year. A handful of beneficiaries have likewise obtained a GED with the help of the agency.