Muck run: rinse and repeat

By Geoff Lee

February 2, 2016 11:59 AM

The 5-km Muck Run is returning May 7. Runners get hosed off after challenging several obstacles at Bud Miller All Season's Park.

Hope is to at least match last year's amount

The 4th annual 5-km Muck Run will go ahead May 7 at Bud Miller All Seasons Park with a clean slate of runners in want of a mud bath.
This popular mud and obstacle challenge is a fun way for the Health Foundation to raise funds for medical equipment in Lloydminster.
“Basically it’s a run that nobody really feels too intimidated to do,” said Carissa Smith, Health Foundation events and marketing manager.
“All fitness levels can make it through and get together with friends and throw on some costumes and just go out and have fun.”
Last year, 550 runners took part and helped to raise $26,000, which Smith called a “great amount” that might be hard to top given the economy.
“We’re just hoping to get as close to last year as possible,” she said.
The potential is there thanks to the addition of a new teen challenge this year that could swell the ranks of mud runners.
Insurance issues have been resolved to allow full participation from 15 to 18 year-old teens on the same obstacle course as adults.
This year’s event will include 15-20 obstacles that race coordinator Kiel Kelly guarantees will field test anyone’s tighty whities.
“The ones we have every year include the 75 foot mud crawl which is an army crawl through the mud,” he said.
He also noted the eight foot climbing wall is always a hit.
“Then of course, as usual, we’re going to include the drainage ravine at Bud Miller Park because that’s about four feet deep and ice cold,” said Kelly with a chuckle.
The Muck Run will start with a competitive timed heat for individuals, followed by a large core of team mudders out for a lark.
As an organizer, Kelly has yet to roll and run in the mud himself but he said he’s sure he knows why others do it year and year.
“I think it’s just the kid in all of us that loves to go and play in the mud,” he said.
“Everyone just goes and crawls around in the mud and splashes around and acts like a kid for a couple of hours.”
The registration fee is $50 per person but participants are encouraged to seek pledges to help fill the fundraising pot to purchase a yet-to-be determined peice of medical equipment.
Participants can register online at lrhf.ca or in person at the Health Foundation office in the Prairie North Plaza.
The search is also continuing for more event sponsors that get into the act by building the obstacles. “The Health Foundation has great relationships all over town so that helps with sponsors,” said Kelly.
He said it takes team work and months of preparation to pull it off each year.
“It’s a lot of fun that day and all that money stays in the community,” he said.
Kelly and Smith also credit the city for digging mud pits and watering everything down including the morning of the race come rain or shine.
“The city’s awesome,” said Smith. “They’re out there with their water trucks and digging things up and getting things all wetted up for us.”

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