Renegade Rage Mud Run planned in Benton County

Loretto J. Hulse, Tri-City HeraldJune 13, 2014 

Photo courtesy of Kelli Piggee Members of the Strength, Endurance and Determination Fitness team, Mud Dogs, tested some of the obstacles that participants in the Renegade Rage Mud Run on June 21 will encounter.

Mid-Columbians will get a chance to test their mettle June 21 in the Renegade Rage obstacle course, a mentally and physically rigorous 10k race designed to challenge competitors.

There will be mud -- lots of it, including a trench of ice and mud.

There will be gnarly obstacles too, coupled with scenic views of the Columbia River.

"It's extremely rough and challenging," said personal trainer Kelli Piggee of Richland, one of the organizers.

Piggee, her business partner Pedro Torres of Pasco, and Sandra Hanses of Pasco have been busily planning the event since last October. It'll take place on land owned by Cody and Debby Easterday of Basin City on Ayers Road in Benton County.

Piggee began competing in obstacle course races, which test a person's endurance as well as fitness, a few years ago, she said. Now she's hooked.

Before that she competed in fitness and figure contests that judge a person's physique.

The contrast of the two competitions earned Piggee, 52, the nickname Barbie Beast.

"In figure competitions on stage I wear a small two-piece swimsuit and high heels," she said. "But I can switch gears and crawl, climb, jump, run and get muddy."

Piggee and her fellow organizers want to inspire others to stay physically fit and promote a healthy lifestyle for all ages.

"If I can do a mud run obstacle course race anyone can," she said.

Registration fees range from $80 to $100 per adult competitor, with team and other discounts available. Registration fees for youths ages 6-13 is $25. For a list, go to the website at www.renegaderage.com.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Jubilee Leadership Academy in Prescott and the Tri-City Union Gospel Mission in Pasco.

The academy, which provides troubled teens with an education, is providing volunteers to help handle parking and will receive the proceeds from that.

Volunteers from the mission have agreed to help monitor the course and watch that no one gets hurt. For that assistance, the mission will receive $5 from each entry fee. Piggee is expecting about 200 people to participate in the event in both the adult and youth races.

For those who want to watch, but not compete, there will be designated areas for spectators. There is no charge for this. "It should be fun to watch. People sometimes wear costumes in these races," Piggee said.

There will be a variety of vendors -- including food -- on site.

There's also going to be a separate fundraiser during the race to benefit Desiree Bruce of Richland. Bruce, a two-time breast cancer survivor, fell from her horse in April 2013. She spent several months in Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with a brain injury.

"She's made progress but it will be a long journey," Piggee said.

Piggee has organized a special race team, Invincible Unicorns, and $10 of the entry fees from those signing up for the team will go to the Bruce family to help defray medical expenses.

-- Loretto J. Hulse: 509-582-1513; lhulse@tricityherald.com

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