With our glorious fins and scandalous tops, we made quite a splash at the 2015 Warrior Princess Mud Run this weekend.
Captained and costumed by the uber-talented Catherine McKenzie, we trained all year for this event in green rooms, box offices and scene shops all over Appleton North High School. They don’t call us the Drama Mamas for nothing.
Game day dawned early and we met for the obligatory warm-ups — sparkly makeup, check! red wigs, check! Pre-game mer-mosas, check!
We brought our own fleet of paparazzi, because that’s the way we roll.
And, following a jumping jack countdown of the 10 a.m. wave, we took off exactly as we had trained — vogueing a little because that made our fins swish nicely.
We spent nearly three hours on the course, dragging our mermaid tails through every muddy obstacle, hurling ourselves down a refreshing mud slide, and allowing a cheeky young boy in a mud pit to toss buckets of slime at us, all in the spirit of good friendship and fun.
The best part of the Warrior Princess Mud Run, aside from the obvious opportunity to let grown people splash around in the mud, is the spirit of camaraderie it fosters among each team, competitors, spectators, and more than 200 cheerful volunteers.
Even better? All of the proceeds, 100%, go toward Harbor House Domestic Abuse programs in Outagamie and Calumet Counties.
I put my new lifeproof cellphone case to the test to chronicle the adventure. I’m happy to say my cellphone and all 11 mermaids survived.
We can’t wait for next year.
I had a little fun with the captions. Hope you enjoy…
Here’s a little taste of the mermaid teamwork…