Organizers of the 2017 Grand Rapids Mud Run, a mud filled 5K, promise to up the anti this year with new obstacles and rearranged favorites.
Kyle Wood, Grand Rapids Mud Run race director, said this year’s course will be “better than ever before.” Runners can expect a new course, filled with mud pits, a 60-foot mudslide, tunnel crawls, wall obstacles and slippery hill climbs.
A barrel roll has been added to the course this year as well. The new obstacle will have runners climbing over a rotating tube while waist deep in slippery mud. Obstacle favorite, the double A has also been reimagined to make it quicker and more exciting.
The Grand Rapids Mud Run welcomes a wide range of participants – from highly competitive challenge-based runners, to group and team runs, costume-friendly runners and the Kid’s Mini Mudder fun run for children, ages 6-12.
The Grand Rapids Mud Run is being held on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 1200 60th St. in Kentwood, behind Celebration Cinemas South. Adult heats begin at 8:30 a.m. with the last one taking place at 10:30 a.m., and the Kid’s Mini Mudder event takes place at 11:30 a.m.
A variety of ticket packages and discounts are available, including one Kid’s Run Free entry with every 5K adult registration, available through Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. Register online by Aug. 23 to receive a free runner’s shirt and medal.
All proceeds of the Grand Rapids Mud Run benefit Never the Same, a local faith-based nonprofit focused on peer-to-peer youth ministry.
*Photos courtesy of Grand Rapids Mud Run