Over 6000 participants descended upon Glenworth Valley to take on the 5km course and 18 challenging obstacles in waves of 500 runners throughout the day. Competitors crawled through the epic mud pit, slid down the giant slip & slide, got zapped by 10,000 volts of electricity in The Bugzapper, ran through a paddock of cows and dodged the fierce gladiators in The Gauntlet before dragging their muddy feet across the finish line.
The day's youngest competitor was just 14 years old and the oldest was a sprightly 74 years old however it was Matt Murphy from Blue Bay on the Central Coast who clocked up the fastest time of the day with a time of just 24 minutes.
“It was the hardest 5km I have done. Crawling through thick mud underneath a 30 metre long cargo net was really tough. I have been to a lot of events around the world and Valley Stampede was one of the best organized events and one of the best days out I have had” said Matt.
Sonia Condron from Mt. Annan was the fastest female, with a time of 29 minutes.After the race, the very muddy crowd were hosed off by volunteers from the Rural Fire Service before kicking back in the Mud Bar and taking in live music from Moonlight Drive and DJ Jimmy. Popran Creek was a popular spot to cool off from the day’s heat.
Valley Stampede certainly lived up to its claim as one of the craziest events of the year. Fancy dress was the order of the day with many competitors sporting crazy outfits. Member for Robertson Deb O’Neill rang the cow bell to start the first race of the day and later proved to be a good sport when she was embraced by muddy competitors at the finish line.
There was even a muddy marriage proposal as one participant chose the finish line of Valley Stampede as the place to pop the question to his girlfriend while caked in mud. She accepted and the couple received a huge cheer from the excited crowd.
“Valley Stampede proved a huge success in its first year. We could not have asked for better conditions and we were thrilled to have so many happy competitors and spectators at Glenworth Valley enjoying the great atmosphere. We’re already planning a bigger, better and crazier event for 2012 and we can’t wait” said Valley Stampede Race Director Brigette Smith.
Gallery: Highlights of the 2011 Valley Stampede
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Valley Stampede is set to take place again at Glenworth Valley on Saturday 17 November 2012 and special early bird tickets are now on sale for next year’s event for just $40 until Mon 28 November 2011. Visit the Valley Stampede website for information or to register for Valley Stampede 2012.
Valley Stampede is proud to support Central Coast Community Chest. Central Coast Community Chest support approximately 80 Australian charities working at the grass roots level in areas of children, families, disabilities, youth, welfare and the aged. Some of these charities they support include Australian Red Cross, Lifeline, Youth Connections, MS Society, Breakaway, Handbrake Turn, Riding for the Disabled and many more. Valley Stampede is supported by Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures, Brooks, High Roller Energy Drink, Banzai, Star104.5, 2XU and Adventure195.