Mud Run

It’s all about getting down and dirty – muddy actually – for a very good cause.

The Third Annual Dirty Myrtle Mud Run – Fall Edition is set for Saturday, Aug. 31 at 9 a.m. in Waterbridge.

The run will help support SOS Health Care Autism.

The mud run’s gotten bigger each year, and organizer and Festival Promotions owner Mike Shank thinks that’s because “People are looking for something that’s different than a regular run, and with a little adventure, and our mud run is a little friendlier for people who want to try one out.”

The course is about three miles for adults and one mile for kids. Parents can run with their children at no charge.

Aug. 30 and 31, adults registration is $55 and children are $25. Registration forms are available at Waterbridge and at www.dirtymyrtlerun.com.

The subdivision is about three miles from U.S. 501 on Carolina Forest Boulevard.

Packet pickup is Aug. 30 from 4-7 p.m. and the day of the race from 7:30 – 8:50 a.m.

The mud run is an obstacle course and Shank’s most important caveat to participants is, “If you’re not comfortable doing something, skip it.

“We want everyone to have a good time and leave in one piece, and we don’t want anyone feeling pressure to do an obstacle they don’t want to do.”

Obstacles include crawling 100 yards on hands and knees through mud and water in pits.

They also include running down a hill into waist-deep water and pulling out with a rope.

There are about 25 such challenges in the run which Shank said is a favorite of the 45-and-under crowd, most of whom are women.

There are awards for individuals and teams.

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