In folklore, literature and song, rain is the metaphorical symbol of cleansing. In reality, rain is less about purifying mists and more about mud. Mud runs and mud wraps are two ways to experience the Tualatin Valley way, from its outdoor adventures to its luxurious spa treatments. Tualatin Valley embraces the beautiful rain of the winter season, as well as the mud that comes with it. February and March provide opportunities to not only get your feet wet, but also muddy. What’s more, a challenging run is a perfect excuse to book a spa package.
Oregon Mud Runs
My Muddy Valentine (February 10)
Love is messy and so is this run. Kick off the Valentine’s Day weekend with an easy-going 5K obstacle course on the beautiful Lee Farms.
Hagg Lake Mud Run (February 17-18)
Serious runners will love the course—and the views—at Hagg Lake. You’ll have plenty of time to take in the sights with a 50K Saturday option and a 25K Sunday option. At the finish line, runners may forgo a finishing medal for a growler filled with beer, cider or root beer (very Oregon).
Dirty Leprechaun 5k (March 17)
Saint Patrick’s Day isn’t all rainbow and pots of gold. This mud run around Lee Farms makes sure of it. Keeping with St. Patrick’s Day traditions, finish the run with a pint of frothy beer.
Oregon Mud Spa Treatments
British Manor Spa
This Beaverton spa is owned by Tania Farah, wife of the knighted runner Sir Mo Farah (he is the most decorated athlete in British history!). So, the spa knows a thing or two about how to pamper runners. The Cornwall clay wrap involves mineral-rich clay (ahem, that’s code for fancy mode) being smoothed over the body.
Book the Spa Getaway Package with the McMenamins Grand Lodge, which includes two spa treatments and complimentary breakfast. The hotel spa, Ruby Spa, uses a Hungarian herbal mud treatment in many of its facials. The magic mud includes cinnamon and sage, promising a tingly clean. Maybe mud runs and mud wraps—like rain—are as cleansing as the folklore, literature and songs say.