MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – Ready to get muddy?
The third annual Hero Mud Run starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, at the Muskegon County Fairgrounds, 6671 Heights Ravenna Road.
And, yes, you will get muddy if you participate in the three-, six- or eight-mile military-style obstacle course runs. Or, sit back, relax and watch others get dirty – it’s free to watch. (Note: Spectators sometimes get splashed with mud too.)
Registration is available online until 11 p.m. Friday, or at the event beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday. It includes a race, t-shirt, medal and one beer at the on-site beer tent.
About 550 racers are expected, which would make for a 20 percent growth in participants compared to 2016, said Josh Mueller, race director.
The courses include more than 60 extreme, “push-you-to-your-limits” obstacles on intense terrain, according to the website. The military-style obstacles include mud, fire and barbed wire.
Most of the big obstacles are in the 3-mile course, Mueller said. About 80 percent of participants choose to end their run after three miles.
Obstacles include a 22-foot cargo net, a fire pit, a 16-foot tall quarter pipe, monkey bars, ladder walls, rope balance, tunnels and much more, he said.
A portion of ticket sales is donated to The Flyin’ Heroes veterans organization, 100 percent of parking revenue is donated to a local charity, and participants can donate their muddy shoes, clothing and other items to be given to local charities.
Parking costs $5 per vehicle.