Halloween event includes prizes for runners with best costumes
October 21, 2010 (El Cajon) – Up to 3,000 participants are expected to take part in a 5K “Mud Run” on October 31st. The charity fundraiser takes off at Skyline Church, 11330 in La Mesa, raising money to benefit children’s programs with Sonshinehaven.org, programs offered by Skyline Sports, and Rescue Task Force, a world relief organization.
The Mud Run’s challenging course includes hills, obstacles, 4-foot walls with mud, tunnel crawls, slippery hill climbs, and “oodles of mud pits,” according to event organizers. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes based on creativity and originality. Costumes should be family friendly--and remember, you WILL get dirty!
Race Director Sean Howarter is excited about the eighth running of the San Diego Mud Run. “It’s a great challenge for athletes and great fun for families.” In past events, participants have traveled from near and far, from as close as a mile from the church to as far away as Germany, he added.
Over 500 children are expected to join in the fun at a “Kidz Fun Zone,” between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with games, inflatable obstacle course and “trick or treating”, and for a run in the “Mini Mud,” at 2 p.m.
View the course map at www.SanDiegoMudRun.com (click course). Race individually, within multiple age divisions, or as a member of a four-person team.
RULES & START TIME
12:00pm Start. The course and all obstacles must be successfully completed to qualify for prizes. Teams are 4 participants. All team members must cross the finish line together for the team to qualify for prizes. Sorry, there are no race refunds and race numbers are non-transferable – only you can wear your race number. There is no race day registration. Sorry, no dogs, baby strollers or baby joggers on the course. However, all are allowed at the race site. No drugs or alcohol allowed at event. Anyone found under the influence will not be allowed to participate and will forfeit all race fees
Only 3,000 entries are allowed. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged as the event is expected to sell out. All team members must register together. Sorry there are no refunds, and the race numbers are non-transferable.
AWARDS & FESTIVITIES
Awards are given to the top competitors. Each participant will receive a mudder’s commemorative t-shirt. Music, plenty of food, and drinks will be available at the festival. Open showers and closed changing tents to get clean will be available at the festival.
DIRECTIONS, PARKING & SHUTTLES
The San Diego Mud Run is located on the grounds of Skyline Church in the Rancho San Diego area of East County at Hwy 94 and Jamacha Blvd. 11330 Campo Rd. – La Mesa, California 91941
Parking will be at Cuyamaca College (www.cuyamaca.edu) apprx. 1 mile east of race location You will then be shuttled to the race location. Organizers recommend arriving an hour early at Cuyamaca College, where signs will guide you.
TIPS & SAFTEY
• Wear your grungy clothes and old sneakers, because more than likely they won’t be going home with you--or a costume that can be disposed.
• There will be a rinse off area and changing tents for participants.
• Bring a big trash bag, dry clothes and a towel
• Leave your jewelry at home
• Drink fluids before, during, and after your race
• Do not dive head first into the mud pit
• This is a fun run so help your neighbor if he or she needs help
• There will be medical staff along the course and finish line
• We are not responsible for your personal gear
• Do not let your children go in the mud unattended
• Wear a cool costume!
Park at Cuyamaca Jr. College/ Buses will run from 9am-3:30 p.m.
For more info please contact 619-415-5455 or see www.sandiegomudrun.com.
Correction: An earlier version of this story listed the event at Cuyamaca College. Parking is at Cuyamaca, but the race itself takes off from Skyline Church.