I AM A LITTLE AFRAID TO PARTICIPATE….WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FOR MY BODY?
No lie…you are going to run through some muck and mud with LOTS of other racers. You will crawl through some rocks and run through some briars. Your body will be challenged, but we want you to be safe and aware! NEVER DIVE INTO WATER…our water is not deep enough. KNOW YOUR BODY’S LIMITS…don’t do the obstacle if you don’t want. You can choose to have a penalty given to you and your team. Open wounds are susceptible to bacteria – EVEN MORE SO WHEN YOU PUT MUD INTO THE WOUND! Know the symptoms and go see your doctor if you get them – the sooner the better! WELL, IS IT WORTH IT THEN? An overwhelming YES is the answer we have heard time and time again!
Family members, friends and other people not interested in competing in the race challenge are invited to the site for the day to cheer on their muddy loved ones and enjoy a festival atmosphere with food, beverages and FUN. PLEASE NOTE: No pets will be allowed at this event.
All proceeds from this event will benefit Hands On!-A Child’s Gallery, a non-profit children’s experiential learning museum located on Main Street in Hendersonville, NC. The mission of Hands On! is to provide children and families with “hands on” educational experiences that stimulate the imagination and motivate learning in a fun, safe “hands on” environment. This is a regional organization in Western North Carolina, and an anchor presence in downtown Hendersonville. Thousands of WNC and upstate SC children are served annually, including many underserved and underprivileged children.
WHAT IS THE COST TO PARTICIPATE?
Before March 15, the prices are as follows: Timed Individual Runner – $50; Untimed Individual Runner – $43; Team of 4 – $170. After March 15, prices increase and become: Timed Individual Runner – $55; Untimed Individual Runner – $50; Team of 4 – $200. Please register before May 1st in order to receive a t-shirt.
CAN I RUN WITH A FRIEND OR OTHER TEAM?
This year you can CHOOSE YOUR CHALLENGE. If you would like to run with friends or be on a team, then you will need to make sure you register as an Untimed Individual Runner or with a Team of 4. Untimed individuals will run in groups of ten, so it is highly encouraged for you to invite your friends to register with you. Teams of 4 will take off with their team and must finish with their team. Teams will be timed.
Timed Individual Runners will take off by themselves and be timed.
HOW DOES REGISTRATION WORK?
CHOOSE YOUR CHALLENGE:
Timed Individual – Recommended for competitive runners who want to see if they can be the fastest individual through the course! You will take off by yourself and be timed.
Untimed Individual – You will take off with a group of individuals, and it is your choice if you want to stay with friends or run alone! This is a great way for a group of friends to run together and register individually. This is not recommended for competitive runners and you will not be timed.
Team of 4 – Register together and choose the competitive level best for your team. Choose from 3 levels of competition: Masters of Mud (In it to Win it), Murky Mud Mates (Will do our best), or Nitty, Gritty Mud Lovers (In it for a muddy good time). Teams are timed, and will start and finish together.
Please go to our mucky registration page to learn all the details.
WILL THERE BE PARKING AVAILABLE?
YES – at no additional cost to you. The details about where to park will be emailed to you with your race e-packet sometime mid-May, but please plan to carpool!
IS THERE A CUT-OFF DATE FOR REGISTRATION?
YES – We are accepting a limited number of participants, and when we are full, registration is closed – we just aren’t sure of that date, so register early. We stopped accepting registrations three weeks before the event last year, so plan ahead! A few things to note: you must register before May 1st to be guaranteed a t-shirt and regardless of the number of registrants. We will not have registrations at the event.
HOW DO I GET TO THE MUD RUN?
Our event will be located in the beautiful mountains of Hendersonville, NC in the Berkeley Area and detailed instructions will be emailed to race participants with your race packets. If you want to google directions, put in 2400 Asheville Hwy, Hendersonville, NC. This is the address for a nearby gas station. We will have signage & parking attendants helping from this point.
WHAT DO I NEED TO WEAR?
We recommend you wear old comfy clothes that will help protect you from cuts & bruises (long pants or running tights are a great choice). We suggest you stay away from thick cotton materials that will absorb water and add weight to a difficult run (like cotton socks or sweatpants). Wear shoes with lots of traction to get you through the mud. Keep in mind that the most creative team costume will receive a prize, so go check out your local thrift stores.
WHAT SHOULD I NOT WEAR?
Everything will get filthy, and possibly torn or lost, so nothing valuable should be on your body – no rings, earrings or jewelry of any kind – or anything else you really care about! Goggles or glasses are not recommended. AND, do you wear contacts? What are you going to do if mud gets in your eyes? Either bring a backup pair or go without.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME TO THIS EVENT?
- Cash for fun things we have for sale and food & beverages after you race – we will not be accepting credit cards!
- Your identification if you want to have a beer – DO NOT FORGET THIS
- 1 Trash Bag – Either for your filthy clothes and shoes or to sit on in your car if you don’t want to change
- 1 Towel
- A change of clothes & shoes
- A backpack or bag to keep your items in while you are racing – we will have a bag check-in/out area
WHAT TIME DOES THE EVENT START?
You will receive a confirmation email for your specific start time a week before the event via email. All participants can expect to begin between 12:45 and 4:30. Plan to stay with us after you race to enjoy all the festivities! The event will take place until 7pm.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE?
The minimum age is 12, with permission from a legal guardian. Anyone who is 12 years old or older by the day of the event can participate with a caregiver’s signature on the waiver. Participants under the age of 18 must have adult check-in and sign waiver.
DO I HAVE TO SIGN A WAIVER?
Yes. Please understand our course is challenging and the mud is thick. You should not participate if you have concerns. You must complete a waiver to participate. We have to have a hard copy of this LIABILITY WAIVER brought to the event, so please print, sign and bring with you. Anyone under 18 must have a parent sign to participate.
WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE?
You should arrive at least one hour before your heat begins to allow time to park, check your bag in and get to the start line. Our registration area will include a line of tables spanning quite a distance for you to continue moving. Please get with your entire team before you begin going through the process.
- Turn in your signed waiver forms and make any team changes you may need to make;
- Your id will be checked the day of the event, and you will receive a wristband if you are 21 or older;
- Have your teams number written on you with a sharpie;
- Receive your chip (captain only);
- Get your team photo taken to enter our costume contest;
- Check your personal items at the bag check area.
WILL THERE BE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS AND SPECTATORS?
Absolutely! Family members, friends and other people not interested in competing in the race are invited to the site for the day to cheer on their muddy loved ones and enjoy a festival atmosphere with food, beverages, live music, and some fun challenges of their own. PLEASE NOTE: No pets will be allowed at this event.
WHAT IS THE COURSE LIKE?
Our course will be unique, as all mud run courses are different. Ours will be about 3 miles long, with mile markers along the course to help you pace yourself. We will email racers a course map to give you an idea of the course much closer to the event. Check out last year’s course map under The Muddy Race.
WILL THERE BE WATER STATIONS ALONG THE COURSE?
Yes. We have water stations around Mile 1, Mile 2 and at the Finish Line!
WHAT IF I CAN’T COMPLETE AN OBSTACLE?
No problem…there will be race officials at each obstacle. If you are unable to complete an obstacle, you will tell the race official, who will stop you from racing for a “penalty” period of time or give you a back-up option. Race officials will determine if an obstacle is completed in the correct manner.
HOW DO I LEARN MORE ABOUT VOLUNTEERING?
We are always looking for dirty volunteers, and we need a lot of them! Volunteer registration will open up in March. In the meantime, if you are interested in volunteering prior to the event on a planning committee or course setup, please contact Heather Boeke at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 697-8333.
WILL PHOTOS FROM THE RACE BE POSTED ONLINE?
YES…at no cost to you! Thanks to Pardee Hospital, we will have photographers located a few places on the course taking snapshots throughout the day. There will also be one at the finish line, to make sure at least one team photo is taken for each team. We will put the link to all the photos on our mad mountain mud run site, and you can choose whatever you like. The photos will be organized by times the photos are taken (you will have to search some, but it is free!), so please make sure you are aware of things like your start & finish time to help you find your photos! Photos will be available about 5 days after the event. Thanks, Pardee!
ARE THERE PRIZES & AN AWARDS CEREMONY?
YES…Prizes will be given out. Prize categories are coming soon. Be on the lookout!
CAN I BRING MY OWN FOOD OR ALCOHOL?
You are not allowed to bring your own food or alcohol on-site.
WHAT IF I GET SICK OR INJURED?
There will be paramedics and/or EMS personnel at the event.
WILL THE RESULTS BE POSTED ON-LINE?
Yes. Results will be posted on the Mad Mountain Mud Run website within four days of the event’s end.
HOW WILL MY FINISHING TIME BE RECORDED?
A professional chip timing company, Right on Time, will take care of recording your time and ensuring everyone gets the information!
WILL THE EVENT BE CANCELLED IF BAD WEATHER?
The event will proceed in rain and will only be cancelled under extremely bad weather conditions that administrators feel put you in danger. Please make sure we have a current phone number and email in case of cancellation. Registration fees will not be refunded if the event is cancelled. But, please know your registration fee will benefit an incredible children’s museum in Downtown Hendersonville, and you will receive a tax receipt for your donation if the race is not able to take place.
DO I HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO SWIM TO PARTICIPATE?
No, there are no areas where swimming is required. There are areas of wading water, but no water or mud pits over 4 feet deep.
DO PARTICIPANTS GET FREE BEER?
Yes, participants 21 and older will receive one beer upon completion. You must have your id to receive a wristband, and you must show ID. No ID and wristband, NO BEER… One water or soda will be available for those that would rather receive non-alcoholic beverages with their entry.
IS THERE A TIME LIMIT?
Yes. There is a 2 hour time limit. Don’t worry – even walking, the course can easily be completed in this timeframe.
WHAT IF I REGISTER AND THEN CANNOT MAKE IT THE DAY OF THE EVENT?
All registration fee and donations are non-refundable. If a captain registers a team and a team-member is unable to race, the team is responsible for finding a replacement. Please understand that a team of less than four participants can not qualify to win the race. Also, t-shirt size changes can not be guaranteed after May 1st.
HOW DO I GET CLEAN FROM THE MUD?
There will not be a GREAT way to get clean, but that’s part of the fun! We will have an outdoor shower area where you can rinse the major gunk. Changing tents will be on-site. Be sure to bring towels and a change of clothes.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE ENTRY FEE?
In addition to the cuts, bruises and bragging rights of participating in the event itself, you get an official Mud Run T-shirt if you register before May 1, you can enjoy a beer or beverage on us, parking is free, and you’ll enjoy one of the best times of your life!
CAN I BRING MY DOG?
Sorry…no pets at this event.