Mad Cow Mud Run
Getting Dirty and having fun at the Mad Cow Run
Kyabram Blue Light recently entered a team of young people and local emergency services and community members into the annual Shepparton Mad Cow Mud Run.
The course, a grueling 9 kilometers riddled with obstacles, mud & water, some of which had all.
The Kyabram Blue Light Team had been looking forward to this event since the idea was raised, and we were luck enough to have Shaune, who is ex-Australian Army, come along and help the team prepare for the challenge ahead.
The day arrived and we had 19 young people in years 5 through 11 from 5 different schools coming together to run in the team to run with Logan from the Kyabram Fire Brigade, Emily form the Kyabram Community Learning Center and Mitchell from the Kyabram Police.
The team all arrived bright and early at 0845 to get together for a team briefing and to paint team shirts ready for a 0915 start! The nerves kicked in from the second the whole team was together for team photos and everyone knew what was about to follow.
Even before the word go, there was some fantastic resilience and teamwork demonstrated by individuals in the team!
To give you an example when we had out little team briefing before the run and the oldest got together and mentioned that they had decided two of them would at the start to set the pace and the other 2 would bring up the back to ensure no one is left behind without help completing obstacles. This comes from a group of year 10 & 11 (15-16 year old) students that were talking about assisting their peers that were in year 5+ (11+ year old)
Throughout the 9KM there was some fantastic displays of courage, loyalty, resilience and teamwork! There were some tumbles, injuries, strains and more, but not one person gave up due to the supportive and encouraging team environment
The entire team crossed the line together as one, met by a welcoming team of parents and carers who, in turn, were met with smiles, cheers, tears and hugs between team mates, parents, grandparents and carers, and this was not due to injury or pain but purely from being so proud and pushing themselves, some of them almost to their limits.
Amazing experience. It was so fun but hard as well.11 y.o Male Participant
What a fantastic day, such a great team effortParent of 13 y.o. Male participant