Mucking it up

By Geoff Lee

February 7, 2017 12:00 AM

500 to 600 runners expected to show for charity event

Rinse and repeat.
The 5th annual 5-km Muck Run will be held on May 6 at Bud Miller All Seasons Park with the usual volume of mud and obstacles in store.
The popular Saturday event is billed as a fun way for individuals and teams to compete against the clock while raising funds for the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation.
“Registration is open, we’re getting ready,” said race director, Kiel Kelly, from Musgrave Agencies Ltd.
“We’ve have had about 500-600 runners each of the last two years, so we’re hoping to be on pace there again.”
The registration fee is $50 per person at the Health Foundation website at lrhf.ca.
“Every penny stays right here in Lloydminster in our local Health Foundation,” said Kelly.
Kelly estimates about 85 per cent of runners who sign up, compete in teams with the opportunity to dress up and bond with friends and coworkers as the main attraction.
“Most people are there to have fun—it is a fun run, but there is a competitive heat too for those who want to register as individuals,” said Kelly.
“People can register as an individual if they are competitive—they want to have a good time and want to run their fastest 5 km over the obstacles.”
He said if you’re on team, you are only as fast as your slowest runner with teams needing at least three runners.
As for what makes the Muck Run so popular, Kelly suggests it’s the fun factor with the mud and the obstacles to overcome that reignites the kid inside everyone.
“You’re splashing in puddles and jumping over obstacles—this is a good chance to get out with your friends and act like kids for a couple of hours,” he said.
Kelly said this year’s slate of runners can expect to encounter some new obstacles, but he’s keeping what they are close to his sleeve to generate hype.
“We will have a few new ones, but I don’t want to spill the beans just yet,” said Kelly, who expects 15- 20 obstacles in all on course.
“I’ll let any participants know they can look forward to some new obstacles, but I want to keep them under wraps for a little while.”
He did say some of the favourites will be back including the eight foot climbing wall and the army crawl through a minefield of mud.
“We’ll put ‘em through the creek and the cold water again,” vowed Kelly.
“All the favourite obstacles are going to be back again this year; we’ll have the big giant slip and slide as well.”
The last two muck runs played out under warm, sunny skies, which Kelly says is a crapshoot with an early May event.
“We’re taking a chance with the date, but we have to have it that early because after that there is something going on every weekend,” he said.
He noted that once summer arrives everyone in Lloyd hits the highways on weekends.
“So we’ve been fortunate with weather the last couple of years and hopefully, that happens again,” he said.
In the meantime, Kelly and his committee are on the hunt for a title sponsor and volunteers.
He said a potential title sponsor and volunteers can find Muck Run contacts on Facebook, Twitter and the lrhf.ca registration website.
Kelly said the run has drawn some people as far away as Fox Creek, north of Edmonton.
“There is a family from Red Deer that came last year, it’s awesome,” said Kelly.
He noted they will also be doing the media team challenge again this year.

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