Disorganized sports: Chaos mired in mud helps Osage County foundation

There’s no doubt Osage County has plenty of fans of organized sports, but an unusual sports event in a few weeks will tell if they like disorganized sports – as in chaotic mud-filled obstacle races. Contestants or spectators at the Cross Country Chaos, on Aug. 17 southwest of Osage City, will not only face the challenges of a 5K obstacle course, but also help a local charitable organization.

According to Perry Thompson, president of the Osage County Community Foundation, the idea for an obstacle race came up as he and others searched for funding methods for the foundation.

He said the idea had helped other organizations raise funds, and future such events in Osage County could help local organizations “make money themselves.”

Thompson said he knew people who had competed in similar types of obstacle races, such as Warrior Dash, an organization that says it has raised more than $6 million to date for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through its combined competition events.

The Cross Country Chaos 5K course is being built on Thompson’s land a few miles southwest of Osage City. Running, walking, crawling or swimming, contestants will face numerous obstacles such as mud pits, a balancing gangplank, hay bale walls to scale, tires to step or crawl through and a water slide.

Thompson said everyone is welcome to attend or participate. All skill levels are invited to compete. Although it will be a timed event, he said the race is about accomplishment and also giving to local charities, as a portion of the proceeds will go to the Osage County Community Foundation.

He encouraged local businesses or clubs to enter as teams in the competition.

After the race, participants and spectators can celebrate the day’s challenges with a party and a band.

According to Cross Country Chaos website, the event “is basically giving participants and their friends and family a way to enjoy the challenge of the country terrain and then getting to enjoy live music, family and friends afterward with a drink in hand!”

On-site registration for the event will begin at 8 a.m. Aug. 17, with the “mud run” beginning at 9 a.m. Registration is $50 per contestant.

For more information, contact Thompson at 785-528-3006 or see www.crosscountrychaos.com.

For more information about the Osage County Community Foundation, see related story.

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