When she trained for her first mud run, Kelly Perez felt out of her element. The exercise was nothing like her day job?selling adult toys through her website, Sensual Steals?and she struggled to find the fun in it. So she started thinking about what it would be like to combine a mud run race with the sexy, playful aspects of an adult consumer convention. Suddenly, the idea of running a race seemed like a lot of fun after all.
Thus, The X Run?a 5K that mixes mud with adult humor?was born. Its obstacles divert from mud-run standards with their tongue-in-cheek names and props. The Dominatrix Dungeon, for example, encloses participants in a muddy maze festooned with hanging bondage items. Everyone runs in whatever clothing they feel most comfortable wearing (nudity is prohibited), and though there's a clock that tells you your race time, the vibe is hardly competitive. Kelly's foremost goal is to promote a sex- and body-positive outlook. To that end, the event welcomes runners of all fitness levels, and donates part of its proceeds to sexual health organizations.
After the race, runners collect their completion medals and, if they're over 21, a free beer. They can also partake in more food and drink at the on-site after-party, which features a DJ, pole dancing, mud wrestling, and a meet-and-greet with adult film stars.