Suit filed against ‘mud run’ in Kitsap County

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mudrunPOULSBO — Mud runs have become very popular across the country,  but now three people have filed a lawsuit against Extreme K Mud Run in Kitsap County.

One of the plaintiffs in the suit is Poulsbo police Sgt. Wendy Davis, who says she knew the course would be challenging but contends it was also dangerously unsafe.

“There is a screw that goes across here and a plate that goes up here ” said Davis, as she pointed to one of her ankles. She now has 11 screws and a plate holding it together.

The Extreme K Mud Run held in October in Silverdale was not  her first mud run but it is certainly her last.
“It was a life-changing event,” said Davis.

It was a 5k obstacle course. From the “Spider Web” to the “Terminator Trenches,” participants were supposed to muscle and wrestle through the different obstacles. But about two-thirds way into the course, Davis came to the “Gravity’s Revenge.” “It was a sheer drop of about 15 to 20 feet,” said Davis.

She added that she couldn’t see what was below until she landed in a puddle of mud and smashed her leg on some rocks.

“I looked and I could see bone protruding; it was not a break through the skin but it was broken,” said Davis.

Several other people sustained similar injuries on the same obstacle. Two others have joined her in the suit.

“At the second injury, it should have been a no-brainer, let us shut this thing down, we can’t afford to have any more people injured. But to have four, to five, to eight people seriously injured with broken bones requiring surgery, that is not reasonable,” Davis said.

The paramedics had to rope down the steep terrain to rescue Davis. She said there wasn’t a plan in place to allow crews to respond quickly. Although she signed an injury waiver, Davis contends it shouldn’t  count in a court of law because the organizers put no thought behind the design and set up an “unreasonable” course.

“You would not build a swing-set near a swamp with crocodiles in it. The swing may be working but you just wouldn’t do that,” she said.

The suit was filed against the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce, Royal Valley Farm and Macerich Inc., a company based in California. The owners of Royal Valley Farm. Ron and Nadean Ross, allowed their property to be used for the charity mud run. On Tuesday, the couple said they felt bad that people were hurt but that they were not responsible for designing the obstacles. They also pointed  out that participants signed waivers and knew of the dangers.

The other plaintiffs in the suit are Allyn resident Jaclyn Brant, 22, and Germaine Szewczyk of Bremerton.


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  • Paul M. Hofgaard

    Oy vey…Another classic example of this innate need we Americans have to make OTHER PEOPLE pay for our mistakes. Culpability people…

    • Alan

      I agree. If these people that participate in these extreme games are foolish enough to risk their health, they deserve the broken bodies they get. As far as the folks sponsoring these events, if they don't have the participants sign a waiver or a hold-harmless statement, then they are just begging for a lawsuit.

  • stephanie

    they signed the waiver they new it was going to be rough, that is just stupid to sue over their miss step and injuries.I participate in a much more dangerous sport than running, I sign the waivers and would never sue any one if I crashed and burned off my horse during an event!

  • guest

    Why can't we take responsibility for our own actions? If the obstacle was too tough, go around and on to the next one. Sorry you got hurt but grow up!

  • Reed_Icquless

    “It was a sheer drop of about 15 to 20 feet,” said Davis.
    She added that she couldn't see what was below until she landed in a puddle of mud", common sense would say, don't jump if it's too high; how many jumped anyway?
    You messed up and now it's costing you. Sorry about that, I know it hurts but deal with your own mistakes on your own. (key word:OWN)

  • guest

    It was my understanding that they had over 900 runners. And the obstacle was modified and no one allowed to go down without using a rope after the third injury. And that before everyone ran they were advised to walk not run, as it was not a race, but a fun course of mud and obstacles. Also that if anyone felt they could not go through an obstacle they could go around. Additionally, the point of this mud run was a fund raiser for to help boost the economy of Kitsap County. That money raised has already gone to numerous charities. And that there there could be more money that would go to other charities. I would think that this money now needs to be spent to fight this lawsuit.

  • Leigh Fletcher

    What the reporter neglected to report is that Sgt. Davis was recently demoted as the Asst. Chief of Police due to an affair with another Poulsbo officer. She also will be forced to leave Poulsbo PD in the near future due to union contract issues. She has lost an $80,000 a year job and one can't help but wonder if the lawsuit is simply about the money and nothing else.