Mud Slug Triathlon

DeMotte resident wins Mud Slug

A DeMotte man won the first ever Mud Slug Triathlon at Willow Slough May 15. Brian Culbreth of DeMotte won with a time of 2 hours 36 minutes 58 seconds. The event included 1 mile of paddling, then a 20 mile cycling portion, followed by a 10 mile run on Willow Slough’s trails.

Brian Culbreth of DeMotte took home the first place prize, a taxidermy squirrel in a canoe, at the first ever Mud Slug Triathlon event at Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife on May 15.

Sara DeYoung, event coordinator for the Newton County Park Board who organized the event, said participants were definitely enthusiastic about the course even with it’s challenges.

“The feedback we received after advertising the Mud Slug was that the 10 mile run would deter participants. We were pleasantly surprised with the enthusiasm of those who turned out for the event. They loved the course but they were also seasoned athletes who have done larger triathlons and marathons.”

DeYoung added that they plan to make easier course options for next years events, with a shorter run portion definitely planned.

“The Park Board was really happy to see individuals rise to the challenge and triathlon athletes are always looking for new and different events, which they found here. We’re confident that we can continue to draw larger groups that are interested in a long run and cycling event. We want to encourage those who aren’t as experienced though too with shorter courses.”

Take on the Slough!

The Mud Slug is an unconventional triathlon at Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife. The event will start with 1 mile of paddling on Murphy Lake followed by 20 mile cycling event and finishing with a 10 mile trail run. A time clock will be up at the event but not professional timing will be available. However, an unconventional prize will be awarded to our first place winner. Enjoy Willow Slough’s mature forests, sand dunes and marsh habitat. The Slough is known for its diverse floriculture and bird populations. Participants will encounter a variety of terrain from sand to mud on the trail. Cycling will take place on paved roads.

Take on the Slough. Be prepared to slug some mud if you’re up for the challenge in Newton County Park Board’s first Mud Slug event!

Start Time 9 AM May 15, 2021

Registration cost is $35

We are currently working on an online payment method. Registration forms and checks can be mailed to:

Newton County Park Board 4117 S 240 W Morocco, IN 47963

Maps and Registration Form

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