BARSTOW • Over 1,100 people ran in the Mud Run race Saturday morning at the Veterans Home of California, Barstow, organizers said.

For some, it was the biggest event they could remember in Barstow.

"This was the best event the community's ever had," said Sgt. Tim Heiden, who said he saw people he had not seen in 15 years return to Barstow from across California to participate in the run.

The event also drew a big turnout from young people in the community.

Andrew Brewer-Young, a sixth grade student at the Lenwood School, said he thought the course could be improved next year with brick walls and fences to jump over.

His older sibling, Anthony Brewer-Young, an freshman at Central High School, suggested monkey bars with mud pits underneath.

He said he enjoyed the race but it was "too easy."

Both ran the full 3.1 mile course, rather  than the shorter mini-Mud Run.

Fort Irwin officials displayed military equipment along the road to the Veterans Home, and Mayor Joe Gomez and Miss Barstow Charli Burnett participated in a dunk tank.

Darrel Courtney of High Desert Events had estimated that about 40 percent of the runners would travel to Barstow from outside the High Desert region.

The city allowed organizers to use city equipment and personnel to set up the course, but did not provide direct financial support.

After High Desert Events covers the expenses of putting on the race, half of the remaining proceeds will go towards the Veterans Home while the other half will go towards the Kiwanis Club.

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