Eye on Southern Utah; mudholes, colorful sails, sunny weekend events

HURRICANE – Summer fun was in the air in Southern Utah Saturday as the area hosted a myriad of outdoor activities from foot races to sailing regattas and everywhere in between.

St. George News videographer Austin Peck caught some of the action in the Hurricane area where runners took on muddy obstacles in the Hurricane Mud Run and the Sand Hollow Sailing Classic, co-hosted by Hobie Fleet 941, the Sand Hollow Yacht Club and Hobie Fleet 51 of Las Vegas.

Runners take on military-style obstacles at the Hurricane Mud Run, Hurricane, Utah, May 14, 2016 | Photo by Austin Peck, St. George News
Runners take on military-style obstacles at the Hurricane Mud Run, Hurricane, Utah, May 14, 2016 | Photo by Austin Peck, St. George News

Hurricane Mud Run

Race Director Chris Mathisen and Course Designer William Mathisen said the motivation for organizing the Hurricane Mud Run is all about seeing people’s smiles as they complete each obstacle and cross the finish line of the approximately 3-mile-long mud run.

“We’re about building a beautiful course and seeing a lot of people go have a ball,” said Chris Mathisen.

Hundreds of runners convened on the site Saturday, located just east of Sand Hollow Reservoir,  to challenge themselves on the military-style obstacles and get muddy with their friends and family. Chris Mathisen calls the course “the best mud hole in the known universe”.

William Mathisen said they put about 200 man hours into creating and building the course each year, adding that the time and effort is worth it when they see people enjoying themselves.

“(A) smile goes a long way,” William Mathisen said.

Sand Hollow Sailing Classic

High water levels and beautiful weather highlighted day one of the Sand Hollow Sailing Classic held at Sand Hollow Reservoir. The two-day event is co-hosted by Hobie Fleet 941, Sand Hollow Yacht Club and Hobie Fleet 51 of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Sand Hollow Sailing Classic, Sand Hollow State Park, Hurricane, Utah, May 14, 2016 | Photo by Austin Peck, St. George News
Sand Hollow Sailing Classic, Sand Hollow State Park, Hurricane, Utah, May 14, 2016 | Photo by Austin Peck, St. George News

Sailors from parts of the western United States including Southern California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah came to Sand Hollow to race on the azure waters.

“Sand Hollow is a beautiful lake to race Hobie Cats at,” said Richard McCreedy, Hobie Fleet 51 commodore.

A Hobie Cat is a small sailing catamaran that is manufactured by the Hobie Cat company. Hobie Cats come in several sizes and models and races were scheduled for Hobie 16, Hobie 18 and Wave classes as well as novice and junior sailors.

McCreedy praised the location for its beauty and the generally good winds and was pleased to be on hand for a great weekend of racing.

Sailing will continue Sunday at Sand Hollow State Park, spectators are welcome to come catch some of the action and enjoy the colorful sails. State park fees are applicable upon entrance to the state park.

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