• 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.  Pearls are the exception…pearls go with everything.
  • Race officials can be bribed.  Fluff and flattery earn muddy points.  Recommendations – dark chocolate, flowers, pearls, and lavish compliments.
  • 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.)
  • 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 Geneva 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 Mud Run. Only the CIC and the SVG know what the obstacles are until the race officially begins.

NOTE (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 SVG 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.


  • 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.

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