Muddy obstacle course for kids brings the community together in Parsons

About sixty kids participated in the "One Baaad Mudder" race
Around sixty kids participated in the race.

PARSONS, Kan. – It’s not your typical obstacle course. It’s called “One Baaad Mudder- Tough Mudder for Youth. The first race of its kind in Parsons that was put on by the Parsons Recreation Commission. Around sixty kids took part in the event on Sunday.

“At the rec center — it’s our mission to improve the quality of life of Parsons,” says Parsons Recreation Commission Sports Director, LaKaito Barr-Miller. “Keep our community active, our kids active. So we thought this would be a great event to get everybody out running through our course.”

Kids got to run, jump, and crawl through the one mile muddy obstacle course.

“I knew it was going to be muddy, but I didn’t know it was going to there was going to be water puddles like big ole ones that you have to fall in,” says participant Jovion Nobel.

The Parsons Recreation Commission originally planned for this race in May, but had to postpone because of the pandemic. Local businesses and community members put in the time and effort to make sure the kids had a good time being active.

“Probably the last month hitting it really hard — building stuff, getting stuff out here, locking down everyone that was helping and going to be a part of this,” adds Barr-Miller.

As for the kids who participated, they enjoyed being out and having a good time.

“A bunch of my siblings came with me and I really enjoyed running with them. Even though I was far behind,” says participant Sebastian Aita.

The race was not just about the kids though.

“Bring around some normalcy — we’re coming together as a community, so that’s what we want. And that’s what we need probably during this time,” adds Barr-Miller.

The Parsons Recreation Commission says it hope to make this an annual event.