Chaos unleashed in muddy Osage County pasture

A trio of mud runners were relieved, happy and proud to reach the end of Cross Country Chaos at the finish line mud pit Saturday.



Plenty of rain last week made for plenty of mud to the delight of competitors who showed up in Osage County Saturday to confront the Cross Country Chaos.

The chaotic 5K obstacle course laid out on Perry Thompson’s farm southwest of Osage City not only provided unique entertainment for the contestants, but also helped the Osage County Community Foundation, which was the recipient of proceeds from the fundraiser race.

As the second year of the event, Thompson said this year’s 221 competitors as compared to last year’s 138 showed its popularity is building.

The first wave of racers headed out into the 5K pasture pandemonium around 9 a.m. Saturday with the final wave running at noon. Racers, friends and family celebrated the day’s accomplishments during a post-race party, held in the barnyard at the Thompson farm.

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A pasture water slide gave contestants a quick rinse and splash down into a rain-filled, muddy farm pond.


Fresh competitors still have energy to hurdle over pasture road blockades, the second obstacle in the 5K Chaos course.


Racing partners hold a self-congratulatory celebration as they reach the top of the cargo net obstacle.


Chaos racers find themselves neck deep in mud, muck and water in their first dunking of the course Saturday.

More photos by Osage County News are available here.

For more information about Chaos or the Osage County Community Foundation, contact Thompson at 785-528-3006, or see related story here.


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