It’s back, it’s muddy, it benefits CASA of Missoula, and it’s sponsored in part by Big Sky Brewing Company. It’s also called an “annual ooey, gooey fundraiser.” The 4th Annual Montana Mucker will get down and dirty on Saturday September 6, 2014 at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. Participants will set off in waves of 200 every 20 minutes, starting at 8:30 a.m.
Never been in a mud run? It looks something like this…
The 5k course includes 24 different challenges, and a moderate level of fitness should suffice for most participants. Those running the course can expect to commando-style rope climbs, hurdles, cargo net climbs, slippery slopes, and lots and lots and lots of mud.
The dress code? Well, that’s up to you. Get funky, get wild, get crazy, or get beery. Water is available at the start/finish, and Big Sky Brewing will have beer available for purchase as well. Although there is a customary “mid-race brewski” on the course, which we imagine will be courtesy Big Sky Brewing.
For the junior muckers out there, a kid-sized version of the race, a.k.a. the Mighty Mucker, will start around 3:00 p.m., restricted to kids six through 12, accompanied by a parent.
It deserves mention that the Montana Mucker is not the other mud race also going on in Missoula the same day. That other race did support CASA of Missoula for its first couple years, but according to CASA of Missoula director, Kristen Vorreyer (as told to the Missoulian), “We were partnered with the Dirty Dash for a couple of years, but we wanted to keep local, and with the Montana Mucker we could do that.”
The Montana Mucker is organized by Big Sky Organic Racing and Events, which is based in Missoula. Other sponsors of the race include presenting sponsor Bob Ward’s, as well as Montana Headwall, Missoula Independent, along with several other businesses and organizations.
Registration for the Montana Mucker is $50 through August 31, then goes to $60 from September 1-6. A “substantial portion” of registrations will go to CASA of Missoula. Find out what you get with your registration on their FAQ. Over 1,000 people have raced in the past , and organizers are planning for 2,000 racers this year.
Want to go? Want to save some money?? All you have to do is leave a comment below thanking your favorite sponsor of the Montana Mucker and send me a message via the contact form or on Facebook and I’ll send you a special discount code, which I’m told gets you $15 off your registration!
JOIN MY TEAM! I’m running at 10:30 a.m. under the team name MONTANA BEER FINDERS. All my team members get a free Montana Beer Finder sticker! WOOT!
Disclaimer: I was gifted a registration to the Montana Mucker by a sponsor. If you want to run with me, I welcome the company! As stated earlier, I’m running the 10:30 a.m. heat under team name, Montana Beer Finders. Join me!
|Ryan Newhouse (right), having run his first mud race in 2012.|