« Back to Media Releases
City of Little Rock Public Relations
Office (501) 371-4421
Contact(s):Geneva Hampton, CIC
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE :
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
6th Annual Mud Run
Mud Run presented by Alltel Wireless
Saturday, October 25th
Two Rivers Park
Here's the Down & Dirty . . .
Created for those who think a little differently about this runnin' stuff. The Mud Run is definitely NOT your average 5K. The Mud Run is for the adventuresome spirit and is a family friendly race. The only thing serious about this race is the MUD.
Participants run, walk, skip, trot and even cavort through our 5K(ish - please refer to helpful hints section for the clarification of "ish") course, which winds through the scenic trails of Two Rivers Park. Participants must overcome an "obstacle" or two along the way. (2005, it was a tire obstacle.) Then finish with a spectacular frolic (but in most cases romp) through our world-renowned 300-foot mud pit, which is filled with that amazing Arkansas mud.
The point is not to finish fast but to finish with style.
A project of and benefits Little Rock Parks & Recreation
Schedule (well sorta):
7:30 am Registration opens (bring coffe to the volunteers they like that)
8:50 am Presentation of offical types
8:55 am Warm up (courtesy of the LR Hash House Harriers-On-On)
9 am (or so) Official Start
10:05 am Awards Ceremony/Party Begins
Registration - Four ways to play
1) Online at www.mudrun.org
Online registration closes at 11:57:23:01:43:28:33:14:42 and a smidge (about midnight) pm CST on October 23, 2008.
2) Snail Mail
Download our beautiful entry form (from the website) and mail it in with your fee.
Mail in entries MUST be postmarked by October 15, 2008
Fill out the entry form and mail with your check made payable to:
Little Rock Parks & Recreation
Little Rock City Hall
500 W. Markham, Room 108
Little Rock, AR 72201
3) In Person (before race day) – ONLY Friday, October 24, 2008
Little Rock City Hall
500 W. Markham
Basement - B1
Little Rock, AR
10 am to 5 pm
4) Race Day - 7:35 to 8:45 am
Registration Tent - Two Rivers Park
Head west on Cantrell, which turns into Highway 10. You are heading toward Pinnacle Mountain. You'll see the Sonic and Kroger - slow down because you turn at Pinnacle (heading north). Follow Pinnacle Valley Road, which turns into County Farm Road. Follow the signs to Two Rivers Park.
Fees (no refunds, no whining)
It’s pretty simple
Before Race Day On Race Day
$15 - No Shirt $20 – No Shirt
Competition Categories and Awards
Only the top three men and top three women will be timed (unless we forget to start the clock - then we give it a pretty good guess)
Anyways, awards will be given as follows:
Top three fastest (men & women)
Cleanest (just one of those)
Dirtiest (Adult & Child)
Best Costume (Adult & Child)
Best Entrance Into The Pit
Best Performance While In the Pit
. . . and much, much more!
Helpful Hints, Tips, Inklings, Advise, & Suggestions
Wear your grungy clothes and old sneakers, because more than likely they won't be going home with you. There will be a rinse off area and changing tents for participants.
Bring a big trash bag (unless you want your car trashed).
Leave your jewelry at home.
Drink fluids before and after the race.
Do Not dive head first into the mud pit (although points are given to the most artistic entrance into the pit).
This is a fun run so help your neighbor if he or she needs it.
No pushing, shoving, crying, or biting while in the pit.
There will be medical staff along the course and finish line (the guys in the white coats are paramedics - really!).
Small children or small animals should not go in the pit unattended (a couple years ago someone lost their dog in the pit - looking for a lost diamond ring. Fear not – the dog was found. The ring was not so lucky.)
No metal detectors in the pit (remember we found the dog).
Wear a cool costume (come on - all the kids are doing it)
No baby joggers, no roller blades, no whining, no grumpy people (well if Beth hasn’t had coffee look out)
If a course marshal looks confused – take that as a sign that you may be taking a wrong turn.
If a course marshal is laughing uncontrollably he or she may have knowingly turned you the wrong way or you had a wardrobe malfunction.
We love course marshals. (If you think you have the right stuff to be a course marshal, please contact the CIC)
“Obstacles” add to the fun and excitement of the race. Only the CIC and the HH know what the obstacles are until the race officially begins.
HINT-HINT-WINK-WINK-NUDGE-NUDGE. The organizers of the Mud Run truly believe that stepping up to the start line of any race should be a celebration of the human spirit. Since its inception, the Mud Run has maintained the highest standard of silliness, coupled with a huge helping of organized chaos, equality, and humor. If you call (or email) the CIC or the HH and inquire about the “obstacle” they are sworn to secrecy and will not tell you what the “obstacle” is. However, flowers and candy have worked in the past when participants wanted to get the competitive edge so they could win the highly coveted Mud Run Crown. A Starbucks Latte would work too.
The “ish” in 5K-ish. To understand the importance of the “ish”, one must go back in time to the first epic romping of the Mud Run - a long, long time ago.
As legend has it, a really fast runner dude – we will call him Brian the Barbarian (aka Brian Bariola of Benton) was a mile ahead of everyone else. The CIC (remember that is Chick In Charge) that first year did not think it was very sporting to let Brian beat the entire field by such a large margin. So with a wave of her magically Mud Run Mojo Stick, she issued the decree from high atop Majestic Mud Mountain and the course was magically changed in the middle of the race. Thus, saving thousands the humiliation of being beat like a yard dawg. Brian still won the race, got a few extra miles in (remember he’s this really fast guy that likes running alot), and everyone lived happily ever after.
Other Incredibly Compelling Information
Mud Marshals have “ultimate power”. If you do not crawl through the mud pit properly or if you do not execute the “obstacle” properly, they will send you back through.
You must ask the Mud Marshals for permission to enter the mud pit a second time.
Our Mud Marshals will escort participants caught trying to skip the mud pit through the pit.
Magna IV Printing
Ben E Keith Foods