ENTRANT numbers might have been down but the enthusiasm was well up at the second Obstacles Gone Mad event at Yeppoon.

Seven-hundred people of all ages and fitness levels embraced the muddy good fun at the novel challenge at Barmaryee on Saturday.

The entrants, some dressed in outlandish costumes, ran, jumped, climbed and crawled their way through the circuit, which included a host of mud pits.

As a result, the most colourful outfits were a fetching shade of brown by the end of the day.

Terrain Training director and OGM creator Shane Elisara said he was pleased with the event, despite numbers being down 40% on the inaugural event last year.

He put that down to the region copping "a big hit" earlier in the year and a number of other events running on the same weekend, several of them in Yeppoon.

Shane said there was a heavy emphasis on the team aspect this year.

"They seem to be putting such an effort into doing the obstacles and coming to share the experience with family and friends," Shane said, during a rare break in the action.

"We have taken the competitive nature out of the event and focused on the experience."

Shane is keen to stage the event again next year - if the community support is there.

"I would love to come back again," he said.

"They're long days, we start in the dark and finish in the dark, but to see the smiles on everyone's faces makes it all worthwhile."



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