Thousands cover themselves in mud to participate in a giant obstacle course in the outskirts of Paris. Elly Park reports.
REPORTER: Around 22,000 signed up to play dirty at an obstacle race in the outskirts of Paris. Everywhere you look there is mud, mud, and … more mud which is expected in a race called "Mud Day." The 13-kilometer track is littered with 22 obstacles, the biggest of its kind says organizer Robin Taccassuto.
ORGANIZER ROBIN TACASSUTO: "It's not a race, it's not a competition. The objective is to go beyond your limits and you run with a team and you just have fun with your friends."
REPORTER: Mud racing is a fast growing trend around the world, and allows people to test their limits, while at the same time release their inner child.
PARTICIPANT SEBASTIEN: "It was a great adventure. It was a bit difficult because it was so much mud but it was fun."
REPORTER: Mud Day ends when everybody is sent to the showers.
1. The literal meaning of get dirty is plain enough, but the expression also means to have sex in American slang (I'm not sure the Reuters headline writer was aware of that).
2. If you play dirty, you use dishonest or unfair methods to gain an advantage. In the report, of course, there's an intentional pun. • It is heartbreaking to see how many kids are coached to play dirty on youth sports teams.