First Homecoming Adventure Run Draws 80-Plus Competitors

Event Featured Such Obstacles as the 'Quaker Climb,' 'Tunnel of Love' and 'Muddy Mayhem'

October 9, 2013

Eventual race winner Taylor Clark gets hung up in the ropes at

Eventual race winner Taylor Clark gets hung up in the ropes at "Muddy Mayhem" as Tony Goodrich closes in. Clark rebounded quickly and went on the take the crown.


When the blast of the Quaker cannon starting the race set off car alarms, everyone involved with the first Homecoming Adventure Run knew they were in for a memorable activity as more than 80 runners started the 5-kilometer race Oct. 5.

The 5,000-meter course traversed through the campus and the arboretum to Southeast Neighborhood Park and featured such obstacles as the “Quaker Climb,” “Tunnel of Love” and “Muddy Mayhem.”

WC alumnus Taylor Clark, Class of 2007, won the race followed in second by senior Tony Goodrich.
Some competitors might have gotten more than they bargained for when the quarter-mile run through Lytle Creek took on a swimming component.

That wasn’t necessarily a bad thing as it came after Muddy Mayhem, in which brave souls crawled through 50 feet of mud and muck under a low ceiling of ropes — the pit two days earlier was the site of the Mud Volleyball Tournament.

All competitors finished with a combination of wet shoes, slimy socks and smiles on their faces ready to take on whatever new obstacles are dreamed up for next year’s race.

Proceeds from race registration added some $2,000 to the fund that purchased a new College mascot, Quakerman, who made his debut attired in his Sunday best as he led the football team onto the field that afternoon.