If there's one thing organizers of this year's Red Mud Run aren't worried about, it's rain — that will only make it muddier.
The Red Mud Run is a race around an obstacle course in a wrecking yard mud pit, said Vicki Tri, a personal trainer helping coordinate the event.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit animal rescue groups and other charitable causes.
The event is scheduled for 1 p.m. May 20 at K&M Wrecking and Demolition, 4920 SW 134.
Registration before May 14 is $40. After that, registration is $45 until race day, when it costs $50. The cost for a child to register is $30. Parking is $5.
People are encouraged to bring pet food and bedding to donate to the animal rescues, Tri said.
It's free (aside from the parking charge) to stand at the edge of the pit and watch, Tri said.
Why run through mud?
The runners slide down a wet tarp to get into the pit, which is 15 to 20 feet deep, Tri said.
“This is like cross-training,” she said. “You slip and slide, jump over logs.”
The obstacles are designed to be easy enough for an 8-year-old to go over, said Don Garrett of DG Productions, which is renting the wrecking yard for the event. “They're obstacles, but they're not impossible,” he said.
People can dress any way they want for the race, Tri said. Last year a male participant ran in an abbreviated swimsuit, and somebody did the “ballerina look”: a bodysuit with a tutu.
The last heat of the day will give people a chance to run the obstacle course through the mud with their leashed dogs, Tri said.
Do dogs like that?
“I think some do, especially some like the Labs and the retrievers,” Tri said.
Afterward, all the muddy runners get rinsed off with power hoses, Tri said.
“You get so clean afterwards, you just bring a change of clothes,” she said.
At a glance
The Red Mud Run will benefit several organizations and causes, including:
To get involved
To register or for more information, go to www.