by Ana Engeman
Not just for runners to enjoy, the Mad Mountain Mud Run offers much more than just the chance to get dirty in an outdoor obstacle course. Friends and family can enjoy live music, food and drinks in addition to the entertainment of watching their loved ones crawl through the mud.
All proceeds from the Mud Run will benefit Hands On!-A Child’s Gallery, whose mission is to provide children and families with “hands on” educational experiences that stimulate the imagination and motivate learning in a fun, safe environment. Hands On! is located on Main Street in Hendersonville and helps many underprivileged children throughout the area.
Sophomore Abby Hudspeth participated in the Mud Run for the past two years. According to her, the obstacle course included weaving through web-like ropes, jumping in ice baths, and crawling underneath barbed wire.
“We had to crawl under barbed wire, over mud, and you couldn’t stand up because obviously that would be bad,” she said.
From Hudspeth’s perspective, the mud run changed for the better from her first muddy 5k to her second.
“I would definitely say that from the first year to the second year it was so much better, the first year was good, but the second year they really stepped it up.”
This year’s third annual run will be held on May 31st in the Berkleyarea of Hendersonville.
Hudspeth belives runners need to be prepared for the race.
“Being able to run a 5k without lots of difficulty really helps, unless your group is ok with walking for parts of it.”
The Mud Run tries to make the event as fun as possible, by awarding titles for the best costume and team name, as well as other categories.
It is not to late to register your team of four. Cost is $200 per group and can apply until two weeks before the event.