Getting Down and Dirty for the Kitimat Mudder Games

Over 230 people got down and dirty in Kitimat over the weekend -- and they can't wait to do it again next year.

The first-ever Kitimat Mudder Games were held Saturday, with organizers saying the event went even better than expected.

The idea began as a way to add a little bit extra to Canada's 150th anniversary.    

The District of Kitimat and Chamber of Commerce brainstormed last fall, and came up with the idea of the Mudder Games.

Chamber executive Director Trish Parson says several local businesses and a team of over 40 volunteers came together to make the weekend event  happen -- but above all, it was local contractor Jack Oviatt.

"When we contacted Daudet Creek Contracting and Jack Oviatt, apparently it's been a dream of Jack's to have such an event as this and he was on board 100 per cent," she said.

Oviatt is the owner of Strawberry Meadows, where the course was set up.

Most of the various obstacles were crafted using old equipment and other items that he had in his workyard and then he and his crew went online for some guidance and inspiration.

Oviatt says the goal was to make the course as challenging as possible.

In all, there were 30 obstacles scattered around the course -- competitors began by "walking the plank", then endured other challenges, with names like the Funky Monkey --- the Trump Wall  --   the Hill Billy Swing  -- the Rio Tinto Catch --- and the Kal Tire Spin.

Oviatt says overall, he's really happy with how it all went -- but that doesn't mean that he won't try to improve it for next year: "I'll make a few more changes; I gotta make the first part a little bit tougher -- we'll make the first one spin a little bit more so that they get wetter before they get halfway down the course."