How is the Big Muddy Structured?
On average, we start our first wave of participants at 9 am. Additional waves launch every 10 minutes until 4:00 pm. Participant numbers per wave are limited to ensure smooth flow throughout the course.
What will I do when I arrive on site?
Once you park, bring your government issued photo ID and completed race registration waiver to the Big Muddy Check In Area. Here you and your teammates will check in, get your participant wristbands and be directed to the Bag Check area (we recommend leaving as much as possible in your car). Next you head over to the starting area for an epic day at the Big Muddy Challenge.
As a participant, what should I bring to the Big Muddy Challenge?
1.) Appropriate race clothes. We collect and donate any discarded muddy sneakers and/or assorted clothing items left behind at each event. In order to minimize waste you can help by wearing shoes and clothes that are easily cleaned, including spandex, stretch & board shorts, tech tees or fitted tanks.
2. We provide water on the race course and at the finish line to all participants. For spectators, beverages are available for purchase and you can also bring your own non-glass bottles to drink.
3. It is always wise to bring a change of clothes. The Big Muddy Challenge provides rinse off stations at the finish line. These are not Five Star showers and there may be a line, so some people choose to bring their own water for rinsing off. But if this seems like too much of a hassle – no worries – the race is called the Big Muddy Challenge after all.
4. Cash, if you want additional food, beverages or gear you’ll need money and we can’t guarantee credit cards will be accepted. You CAN NOT bring alcohol, weapons or promotional materials for other events to the race. All bags and coolers are subject to inspection and violators of this rule will be escorted off the premises by security.
When should I show up on the day of the race?
Registration and check in typically opens at 8:00 am (check specific race event details). Please arrive 60 to 90 minutes before your wave starts. This gives you enough time to park, stretch, hydrate, check in, etc. If you miss your start time and the race is sold out, you may not be able to run. If you are in one of the first few waves it is probably safe to arrive closer to your start time.
Volunteers run for free?
Absolutely! Volunteers in the morning shift can run for free in afternoon or any future race. Any confirmed adult volunteer will get a free pass to participate with a child (a free parent/child registration). If there are additional children or adults you’d like to run with they will need to follow the normal registration process. These spots are limited so don’t delay to contact us if you are interested.
How old do you have to be to participate in the Big Muddy Challenge?
We are designed to be a parent / child event and as a result participating teams are made up of two distinct groups. Our younger participants are 6 to 13 and our adults (while over 18 to be a legal guardian) typically are between 30 and 50 years old. Our events to date have participants with ages ranging from 6 to 72!
There is a big difference between the ability levels of a 6 year old and a 13 year old, how is that manged?
You will notice during online registration we ask for “age on race day”. This information is used along with your selection of preferred starting time to place similar groups together. The course is also designed with obstacles offering various levels of difficulty and detour paths to ensure everyone’s needs are met.
Can I register a third participant or another team to run with my child and I?
Absolutely, during online registration you will see “add another adult” or “add another child” to our standard two person teams. We encourage large teams – in fact 60% of our participants run with a team of three or more.
I am bringing family and friends to meet us in the Finishers Area, where do I buy Spectator Tickets?
At the Big Muddy Challenge we do not charge spectators to cheer and congratulate their family or friends at the finish area. For everyone’s safety we set up specific spectator areas to keep the course clear for participants. We will kindly ask spectators to remain in the designated areas.
How long is the Big Muddy course and how long does it take to complete?
The Big Muddy Challenge engineers typically design our courses at a distance of roughly two miles. Our team ensures safety standards and difficulty levels of all obstacles are appropriate for all ages who may be on the course. Most people finish with times ranging from 30 to 60 minutes. The average time to complete our event is 47 minutes.
Will there be pictures taken of me along the course?
Probably, we have third party photographers on site taking photos of participants throughout the course and will make those photos available in the weeks following the race. However, we can’t guarantee that the photographers will capture an awesome picture of you (or even a photo of you at all), so we highly suggest bringing along a friend with a camera.
How are your events timed?
We have a large digital clock at the start and finish line but otherwise we don’t care about finishing times. We do care about all race participants smiling, laughing and charging through our obstacle course in a relatively muddy condition at their own pace.
How do I learn which wave I will run in?
You have the ability to select your starting time during online registration. If you learn later that something comes up and you need to change your race time, no worries, you can log back in and select a new start time based off all waves that are still open.
Two weeks before the event, all registered participants will receive an email confirming, race details and the must have items for race day, including the participant waiver form. This form must be completed and turned in for each individual at race check in.
Does the Big Muddy course involve swimming?
Not really, the Big Muddy Challenge is designed as a running, walking and sloshing course. While the course will be slippery and muddy, all 6 year old participants can walk through any water obstacle.
What if I can’t complete an obstacle or just don’t want to do it?
We design all obstacles with detour paths and varying difficulty levels so there is a good chance you will be able to complete all obstacles. However, All runners should assess each obstacle at the approach to determine if their fitness level and overall condition will enable them to complete it without injuring themselves or others. Go around any obstacle that you or your child don’t want to complete.
What happens if it rains?
The race will not be canceled for rain! This is the Big Muddy Challenge! If there is lightning, we’ll delay waves until it passes. When the race resumes, waves will go off at 15 minute intervals until the race is back on schedule. If there’s severe weather that prevents the event from being held at all on Saturday, it’ll be moved to Sunday.
Will there ever be a change of venue?
To date, this has never been an issue. We have a formal venue selection process to ensure once registration is open all details are accurate. However, if something arises out of our control we will select a secondary location within 75 miles of the primary venue. We also will make every effort for the event date to remain the same. If for any reason it does change, we realize the hassle this is for everyone. We will offer credits and discuss any situations that don’t work for our participants.
Can I get a refund if I can’t attend?
No. All registrations for Big Muddy Challenge events are non-refundable. However, if you are really in a jam you can contact us to potentially transfer your registration.
Do you provide drinking water at the race?
We provide water at one station halfway through the course and again at the finish line. We don’t provide water to spectators or in the finishers area generally. Water and other non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase from vendors.
Can I run barefoot?
Absolutely Not. This is a mud run people, you will be over a variety of wet and dry terrain cover your feet. Local Fit Finder, LLC does not guarantee that the course will be free of sharp objects, including rocks, splinters, glass, nails, animals, poisonous animals, or anything else whatsoever.
What if I get hurt?
There will be paramedics at the race in case of injuries. The first aid tent will be clearly marked on the course. We are proud to have a consistent record of very bored paramedics at each event. Safety is important.
Are dogs or any other pets allowed?
No. We love animals but not on race day.
What type of vendors typically are at an event?
Our events welcome a wide variety of vendors, from food trucks to bands, many sponsors and community supporters. If you are a vendor who can add to the energy at our events contact us through the Community page. Unless you are a clown – clowns are creepy and will not be allowed on the premises.