Here comes da muck!

By Geoff Lee

April 27, 2017 12:00 AM

SLIP SLIDIN' AWAY Byron Facca, a member of the Source media team at the 2016 Muck Run had a riot on this slip and slide obstacle. Similar action will take place at this year's 5 km obstacle run on May 6. Registration is still open at FILE LLS PHOTO

This year’s Muck Run race director, Kiel Kelly, has every right to feel like a nervous Nelly thanks to Mother Nature.
The Easter weekend snowfall has slowed down the number of people registering for the 5th annual 5 kilometre romp through mud and obstacles on May 6.
“Mother Nature isn’t doing us any favours,” he said late last week with snow still on the ground.
“Once this snow melts off and if it’s nice out that week, I suspect we’ll get a lot of last minute entries. That seems to happen with every event in Lloyd.”
Snowbanks were present during the inaugural Muck Run that went off without a hitch with plus 15 C temperatures after the noon hour start.
“There were a few teams that stopped half way and got pictures of themselves making snow angels in their shorts and T-shirts, which was funny,” recalled Kelly.
But Kelly is holding out for a repeat of near perfect conditions the last two years, drawing more than 500 participants in individual and team competition for a great cause.
“It’s a really fun way to raise funds for the Health Foundation,” said Kelly, who is counting down the days.
“We’ve got the DJ booked; we’re going to have the beer gardens going, the barbecue fired up; it’s going to be a fun day.”
This year’s fundraising target is $25,000, the same amount raised the last couple of years.
The registration fee is $50 per person at the Health Foundation website at where volunteers can also sign up, with the more the merrier.
“We’ve got lots of sponsors; we’ve got lots of people onboard, so we just need more and more participants as we get closer to race day,” he said.
Kelly said the Muck Run has become a rite of spring for those who have done it before, with excitement brewing for another crack at slogging through mud.
“It’s something you’ll remember doing with your friends,” promised Kelly, especially for those in teams.
He said it’s also a challenge for some people.
“They feel really good about themselves after they’ve conquered the obstacles and ran the 5 kilometres.”
Back by popular demand will be the eight foot climbing wall, the army mud crawl through 75 ft. of sludge and monkey bars entrenched in the middle of a deep water pit.
“So those are all coming back again along with a great big slip n slide, then we’ve got a few new obstacles we are working on as well including some new stuff with some tires,” said Kelly.
“We’re working on a rope climb obstacle as well.”
Kelly said the organizing committee tries to keep the event fresh every year as part of its appeal.
“Even though it’s the same course, it’s a new challenge with new obstacles every year,” he said.
That includes the weather which some people might be using an excuse for not registering until they see a daisy or two.
“It’s a frame of mind kind of thing,”  said Kelly.
“We need the snow to go away so people can be thinking of spring and outdoor activity.”
This year’s Muck Run takes place the same day as the MS Walk at Bud Miller All Seasons Park, but both take place at different times.
“We don’t start until noon, so we’re working together to make sure there is no confusion,” said Kelly.
“It should be a fun day; it will be a busy day in the park.”
The Muck Run is a terrific spectacle with the amphitheatre being the best spot for spectators to take in the action.
“It’s got a great view of the slip n slide, the wall climb, the mud crawl and people crossing through the drainage creek,” said Kelly.

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