What made this one even worse was that it was canceled on me at the last minute. As in, some of the earlier waves had already run, and I had arrived at the location (an hour and a half away) before they canceled it.
I’d arrived over in San Bernardino plenty early, but then I got stuck in traffic for the final mile and a half. After going maybe a tenth of a mile, I learned that the parking and the overflow parking was all full, so I parked in a lot nearby and started hoofing it toward the venue. That’s when I started hearing from people that they had closed the mud run. I decided it wasn’t worth walking all the way up there to find out officially. When I was almost back to my car, I heard someone using a bullhorn to call it out behind me. And then later, I got e-mail confirmation.
I still haven’t heard officially why it was canceled. They said the heat, but they planned to have Sunday’s race go on as scheduled, and it was going to be just as hot. They were going to let people race in whatever wave, but that would just create nightmares at the obstacles. Needless to say, I didn’t go back. Anyway, they also warned us about the heat in e-mails this week, so clearly it wasn’t a surprise. I suspect something must have happened that caused them to close it, but I don’t know what.
Fortunately, it wasn’t a wasted drive. I had planned to meet a friend for lunch, and she was free two hours early, so we meet up earlier than originally planned. We wound up talking for 4 hours, so the drive time was definitely well worth it.