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More than 400 adventurous runners challenge themselves in Lake Oswego's Howl at thew Moon 5K

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Yes, the heat was on. But Cooper Whittington of Lake Oswego still found a way to stay cool Friday evening by taking full advantage of the water slide at the Howl at the Moon 5K Adventure Run.

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Barb Steinberg is all smiles Friday evening as she makes her way out of the mud pit, one of 16 obstacles on the 3.1-mile Howl at the Moon 5K Adventure Run that wound its way around Luscher Farm. REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Heat? What heat? A soaked Amanda Pickar makes her way out of the adventure run's water slide. Sure, the Hills of Torture were back. And yes, the heat was on. But that didn’t stop more than 400 people from running over, under and through a series of obstacles Friday evening to complete the Howl at the Moon 5K Adventure Run.

“Our adventure runners were real troopers,” event organizer Jamie Inglis says. “The mud pit helped keep them cool, and the course ended with a dip in the pool — or as I fondly refer to it, the spa.”

Runners had to navigate a 3.1-mile course around Luscher Farm before they got to that “spa,” facing a series of obstacles that included a trench crawl, a tire crawl, a tunnel, a plank walk, a hay pyramid, a water slide and more. And that mud pit? Let’s just say it was a whole lot deeper than at last year’s event.

“Who doesn’t enjoy getting a little muddy,” says Inglis, the Parks & Rec Department’s events and farmers market manager. “Seeing entire families complete the course together was exciting. It’s a great way to bond.”

IREVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Gianna Alati (left) and Sage Crawford watch their friends finish after completing the 3.1-mile course. nglis credits the “incredible crew” at Parks & Rec for brainstorming and creating every obstacle in the race, and for surrounding the event with a Barn Bash that included food, drink, music and even a mechanical bull.

Can they top all of that next year?

“Howl will be back in 2017,” Inglis says, “and I can guarantee it will be bigger and better than ever. Although the 200-foot water slide is hard to beat!”

— The Review

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Friday evening's criss-crossing course takes Jeff and Kara Steinberg of West Linn through a Luscher Farm field.

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Charlie Borath crawls through a tire obstacle on the adventure run course.

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Californian Paramjit Singh Sekhon was visiting his daughter in Lake Oswego when he heard about Friday's run. Congratulations awaited him at the finish line.