Over 500 get down and dirty for New Salem’s Medieval Rush

June 16, 2019 GMT

NEW SALEM, N.D. (AP) — Over 500 people slipped, slid and ran through the mud in New Salem’s annual Medieval Rush.

They also climbed walls, carried sandbags, tossed stones and wore pink tutus as they slogged their way through what organizers call the largest and longest-running mud run in North Dakota. In keeping with the medieval theme, some wore armor or similar gear.

This year organizers added dirt bikes and an inflatable slide to the 5K run, which featured 24 obstacles.

Race director Tanner Schweitzer says the idea is to get people off of their phones, out of their homes, and to interact with other people face to face as they help each other over the obstacles.