Mud madness returns

Entrants slip and slide through the mud in last year’s Western Mudd Rush. Pictures: TriEventsUP to 8000 people will get down and dirty over a 9km muddy obstacle course at the Western Mudd Rush next month.
Entrants slip and slide through the mud in last year’s Western Mudd Rush. Pictures: TriEventsUP to 8000 people will get down and dirty over a 9km muddy obstacle course at the Western Mudd Rush next month.

Held August 17 and 18 at the State Equestrian Centre in Brigadoon, participants will be decked out in colourful costumes for a battle over 24 obstacle-filled muddy horse paddocks.

Participants will start in groups of 500 every half hour and run, jog or walk through the course completing the various obstacles.

Organiser Kellie Maren said obstacles would not be released until the week of the event, to make sure participants are surprised out on course.

‘Obstacles for the 2013 event will not all be the same as the first annual WMR (2012), but they will be improved and extended ,’ she said.

‘Participants can expect to crawl, climb, swim, jump, pull, push and slip their way through our 24 obstacles. Team work is encouraged and there are obstacles that you won’t be able to get past without the help of your team mates.’

This year, there will be a Mini Mudd Rush aimed at kids between seven and 13 years of age.

‘They will start in groups of 100 and will run into the Mini Mudd Rush compound, where there will be 10 obstacles that they can go through as many times as they like. All the obstacles are similar to the Western Mudd Rush Obstacles but on a smaller scale,’ Ms Maren said.

Kids will have 40 minutes in the Mini Mudd Rush compound, and at the end they will run into the main finish area to join the adults.

‘We encourage everyone to grab a group of mates or family together and enter as a team, dress up and really make a day of it,’ Ms Maren said.

Teams can be as small as two and be unlimited in terms of a maximum number. Teams with 10 or more participants will receive a 10 per cent refund on entry fees post event.

Entries are open online for anyone aged over 16 at westernmuddrush.com.