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Mud Run Pariticpants Ready To Get Dirty

Mud run participants ready to get dirty
Published on -8/25/2011, 10:30 AM
Hays Daily News
By JUDY SHERARD
jsherard@dailynews.net

Participants of the Big Creek Mud Run will have a chance to "get their dirty on" Saturday.
The 2-mile obstacle course event is sponsored by Fort Hays State University and Hays Medical Center's Center for Health Improvement. It starts at 9:30 a.m., and the last heat is at 2:30 p.m., said Stephanie Schaffer, CHI director.

It gets the campus and Hays community involved in an event that's different and challenging, said Emily Washburn, assistant wellness director and instructor at FHSU. Similar events have been popular across the country, and CHI wanted to offer new things, Schaffer said

"We took ideas from other events and incorporated some that are unique to western Kansas for obstacles," she said.There were 220 slots, with 20 people in each heat. Interest has been good, but registration has closed. Entries came from all ages, from college students and older, Schaffer said.

No training is required for the event, just a little bit of fitness. It's just jumping, crawling and climbing. "We really want it to be fun," she said.

While it will be a timed event, it isn't necessarily competitive.
Schaffer said she's heard of groups of friends who are entering and plan to help one another over the obstacles.

Everyone who participates will receive a dog-tag medal, and the female and male with the best time each will receive a trophy.

The run starts south of Gross Memorial Coliseum in the intramural area and winds along Big Creek, with the finish line east of the coliseum near the tennis courts and bridge to campus.
A band, Descendants of Cain, will be playing live music, and food will be available near the finish line, Washburn said. Spectators can walk along the course or bring chairs and spend the day.