Splish, splash, slosh and wash. And wash. And wash some more. Saturday’s Mighty Mud Mania in Scottsdale will lead to some major hosing down and scrubbing clean — but who cares? For the first time, the mucky, goopy, sloppy, yucky obstacle course will be open to adults.
“The course is 325 feet (long), and it’s tough. It’s hard once you get in the mud; it just weighs you down, and then you get the slipping and sliding around,” says city parks and recreation manager Terry Erickson.
The 36-year-old challenge begins by gliding through the air on a rope and dropping into a pit of mud. From there, it’s a gauntlet of squeezing through inner tubes, sliding into mud puddles, creeping through tunnels, belly crawling across a mud field, and diving into a muddy pool — some of it while getting sprayed with water from the sidelines.
“We made some of the pits a little bit longer and deeper” to accommodate grown-ups, says Erickson, but the course is still a major children’s event.
Kids ages 7-17 will run the same obstacle course. For children 6 and younger, there’s a Mini Mud Course, sandcastle building, and an area called Mudville, where miniature houses will be set up around a temporary “Mudsissippi River.”
“We also have a portable spray pad to help keep kids cool, and we’ve added a new kids wash this year, so there’s more room to wash everybody off,” says Erickson.
Kids race and play free with a signed permission slip available on site. There is a $10 fee for adults to race; the money funds scholarships for the department’s after-school programs. There are 300 spaces for adults; registration is available online in advance of the event.
“I’m hoping, if there are any spaces left that morning, that some of the kids will convince their moms and dads to do it on the spot. How fun would that be, to see your mom or dad get in the mud?” says Erickson.
Shirts and lace up, closed-toe shoes are required. Participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Vista del Camino Food Bank.
DETAILS >> 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale. Free for children; $10 for adults to run the obstacle course. (480) 312-2771 or www.scottsdaleaz.gov/mightymudmania.
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