One Ugly Mudder

Poetry In Motion

If you were expecting to find a derogatory story about someone’s mother, you’re going to be disappointed. But if you were searching for a hysterical, unorthodox and punishing trail run, you’re at the right place.

The Ugly Mudder, an annual trail run in Reading, PA, is one in a long list of unusual trail runs organized by Pretzel City Sports. Its popularity has grown each of its nine years, this year reaching a field of 800 runners. The Mudder is a refreshing change from the sometimes-staid world of running. Trail runners who flock to PCS events are more likely to pull up in a Jeep than a BMW, and drink a strong stout after the race rather than some tasteless watery light beer.

There’s no mistaking you are at a Pretzel City race the moment you toe the line and colorful and effervescent race director, Ron Horn bellows instructions…

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