Get down and dirty at Mad Mountain Mud Run
HENDERSONVILLE – It’s still three months away, but it’s not too soon to sign up for the sixth annual Mad Mountain Mud Run, sponsored by Pardee UNC Healthcare.
The dirty, messy race takes place June 3 at Berkeley Park in Hendersonville. All the proceeds go to the nonprofit Hands On! – A Child’s Gallery. It draws more than 1,000 people and usually fills up quickly, said Heather Boeke, Hands On! executive director. Early registration is now underway.
The event is a 3-plus mile race filled with muddy obstacles such as crawling through mud pits and mulch piles, climbing over hay bales and under logs and perhaps the extreme – dunking in a Dumpster full of ice water.
“You do get dirty but it’s really fun and you feel like a kid. Some racers want to be competitive, but the majority of people want to have fun. You can do whatever you want to do the entire 3 miles,” Boeke said.
For the 10th anniversary of the children’s museum, there will be a new “choose your challenge” format. Options include: Timed Individual – recommended for competitive runners who want to see if they can be the fastest individual through the course; Untimed Individuals for those who want to run with a group of friends and not take the competition seriously; and Teams of 4 where a team captain registers all team members and chooses the competitive level best suited to everyone. Teams are timed and will start and finish together.
There will also be a festival, open to racers as well as spectating family and friends, with food, craft beer and live music.
All the money raised goes to another fun place for kids and families. Hands On! A Child’s Gallery is a museum “for ages 1-100” that provides hands on educational activities. The museum focuses on STEAM themes – science, technology, art and math. There are exhibits such as a puppet theater, a music room, a Lego Raceway, the Build Your Brain and enlighten room with giant building blocks and giant light board for working on patterns, and a grocery store and vet hospital.
“We want children to feel like they can get their hands on something and build something from their imagination,” Boeke said.
The museum also has traveling classes to middle schools. Admission is $5, but there are also year-long memberships. The Mud Run is one of the museum’s biggest fund-raisers.
The event begins at noon June 3. Entry fees are $43 for untimed individuals, $50 for a timed individual and $170 for a team of four. There is a discount for registering before March 15.
For more information and to sign up, visit www.madmountainmudrun.com.
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