What's new for MAN vs MUD 2014?
We took your feedback and suggestions
from last year and have worked hard to make the 2014 MAN vs MUD
event even better!
- New course
- We've modified the route slightly to enhance the run for
participants and added a number of spectator viewing areas.
- More obstacles
- Sweet! Even more obstacles have been added to our already
- Softer slides
- We're making them smoother and softer. And a few of the
slides will incorporate new elements.
- More lanes
- The slides and other obstacles will have multiple lanes
to accommodate more runners.
- Shoe donation
- We did this last year but a few runners were unaware of
it. So this year we will make it more prominent.
- Other improvements
- That's just a few of the major improvements we've got for
2012. There are many other improvements that we're working
on to make this years event even more incredible!!
2,000 racers get down and dirty
for Wellsville’s Man vs Mud Run
Hard News Cafe
September 8, 2011
Story & Photos by Cassidee J. Cline
the air as people ran, swam and crawled through mud to the finish
than 2,000 people signed up to run Cache Valley’s dirtiest
5-kilometer (3-mile) race at the American West Heritage Center at
the Man v. Mud Run, an obstacle course that covered competitors
from head to foot in mud.
Some runners wore costumes during the
mud battle. Chickens, ninja turtles, pigs or crusaders with capes,
goggles and underwear outside their leggings could be seen navigating
their way through the muddy courses.
Tyler Hill and his family dressed up
as gnomes with red pointy-coned hats, goggles, tutus and white tank
tops with the words “dirty gnomes” printed on them.
Hill said the whole point of the race
was to make good memories and have fun.
The entire course was filled with at
least 25 obstacles, starting with a giant slip n’ slide. Then
racers had to pass through a “shooting range” where
a line of spectators soaked participants with squirt guns. After
another small water slide, runners had to weave through large inflated
plastic bags hung in a small open shack.
Racers scrambled over a wall of hay
bales, ran through a muddy field, waded in waist-deep muddy water
and attempted to run on a slippery inflatable bridge over a large
muddy pond. Those who failed to make it across the bridge had to
swim for it.
“It was the best three miles
of my life,” said Whitney Lundbrg, 19, who convinced her boyfriend,
Jason Nelson, to run the race with her.
Nelson said the best part was the final
waterslide at the end, with a large mud pit awaiting racers at the
When they reached the finish line,
photographers took photos of the mud-drenched participants.
Despite the large turnout, there were
no major mishaps during the event. A few bumps here, some bruises
and a possible twisted ankle, but participants seem to have played
the course pretty safe.
were awarded to participants for costumes, team names, racing enthusiasm
and for whoever got the muddiest.
For kids 12 and under, who couldn’t
manage the 5k, were given their own obstacle course to combat. The
“Boggy Bayou” included suds to slide through, an inflatable
castle to explore, tunnels, tires and plenty of mud. Kids could
do the obstacle course as many times as it pleased them.
Runners paid $40 in advance and $50
at the event to participate.
Mike Schaefer and David Knight organized
the race, but were not available for comments.
Information, photos, videos and contest
winners from Saturday’s race can be found at the Man vs. Mud
Cache Valley versus mud:
Over 2,000 competitors get dirty in 5k mud-filled course
September 6, 2011
It was a competition of strength, stamina
and who could get the dirtiest.
Nearly 2,200 racers and a few thousand
spectators came to the American West Heritage Center Saturday to
take on Cache Valley's first ever mud run, a 5-kilometer (approximately
3-mile) obstacle course of slip 'n slides, spider webs, hay bales,
wobbly bridges and mud pits.
"It was awesome; it was so worth it," said Nick Denton,
who ran the race dressed as a caveman with three of his friends.
One of his teammates, Angie Smith,
said she got mud in her teeth, had to stop and dig her shoes out
of the mud, and lost her socks forever on the course. But she still
had a great time.
Racers paid $40 before the event and $50 the day of the race to
navigate more than 27 obstacles. The course started with a huge
water slide, followed by a "shooting range" where spectators
could shoot racers with water guns as they ran by.
their way through the shooting range and a series of hanging inflatables,
runners made their way to yet another water slide, followed by trenches
of waist-deep mud.
After climbing a wall of hay bales and traversing a muddy field,
runners were rewarded with a cold cup of water before crawling through
the "spider web" and attempting to run across a slippery,
inflatable bridge. Those who didn't make it (mostly everyone) landed
in the pond with a splash and waded through the water to the other
At the end of the race, participants
flew down one last water slide, ending with a splash in the biggest
mud pit of all. Photographers awaited on the other side to take
pictures of racers in all of their muddy glory.
Although popular, Saturday's mud run
was not without mishaps. Bumps in the first water slide launched
a few people into the air, resulting in a hurt back for one racer.
One volunteer at the scene said those who were injured at the water
slide were able to get up and finish the race, and race organizer
Mike Schaefer said there were no major injuries reported.
Schaefer said they were able to pause the race, adjust the slide
and continue without problems for the rest of the day. Racers were
informed of potential risks and were required to sign a waiver when
registering for the event.
Schaefer, who organized the Man vs.
Mud run with fellow Cache Valley resident David Knight, said far
more people came out to the event than they anticipated. He said
next year, he and Knight will add some "bigger, badder obstacles"
and plan to accommodate at least 10,000 people.
Runners were encouraged to wear costumes,
and mudsoaked princesses, cows, chickens, the Flintstones family
- and even a group of 12 friends and family members with pig noses,
underwear on the outside of their leggings and capes that said "Swine
Flu" - could be seen navigating the course.
Prizes were awarded for best and funniest
costumes, best and funniest team names, most energetic racer, best
plank, best mud-pit performance and dirtiest (muddiest) girl or
"We've seen mud runs across the nation, but we thought it would
be awesome to have one in Cache Valley," Schaefer said. "We
had a lot of participants say that this is Utah's best. ... There's
over 27 obstacles, four huge superslides that range from 125 to
200 feet, tons of mud and it's totally family-friendly. It's challenging,
but not extreme."
Kids 12 and under could run a mini
version of the obstacle course, the "Boggy Bayou," complete
with suds, an inflatable castle, tunnels, tires and lots of mud.
Schaefer said at least 300 kids signed up for the Boggy Bayou over
the course of the day.
Schaefer said participants traveled
to Saturday's race from 18 or 19 different states, with Cache Valley,
the Salt Lake area, Utah Valley and other cities along the Wasatch
Front well represented. A team of 40 volunteers was recruited to
keep things running smoothly, and Schaefer said the race could not
have been accomplished without them.
Schaefer said people can check the
Man vs. Mud official website, www.manvsmud.com, for photos and videos
from Saturday's race.
Article link: http://news.hjnews.com/news/article_4883d184-d8a0-11e0-9184-001cc4c002e0.html
In Cache Valley, Mud is
Thicker Than Water
Cache Valley Visitor Bureau
September 4, 2011
It didn’t rain, like some of
the participants and event coordinators hoped, but Cache Valley’s
first ever mud run —the 5K Man vs. Mud obstacle course and
mud track— still entertained thousands of participants and
spectators on a sunny Saturday, in Wellsville, Utah.
Co-directors Mike Schaefer and David
Knight organized a massive 5K track, in cooperation with the American
West Heritage Center, which had runners sliding, crawling, sprinting,
wading and jumping through a wide range of muddy obstacles. The
event took place on Sept. 3, 2011, in the southwestern corner of
Cache Valley where the majestic Wellsville mountains provided a
late summer backdrop for a beautiful —albeit filthy—
day of good, clean family fun.
was able to track down Schaefer and briefly ask him a few questions
regarding some of the details of the event. He told me roughly 2,000
runners had registered by 1 p.m. (the first wave of 150 runners
was released at 9 a.m.). Schaefer guessed that another 2,000 or
3,000 spectators were in the massive crowd that showed up to shoot
pictures and psych out their friends and loved ones. When I asked
how far some of the “muddites” traveled to take part
in the fun, Schaefer said he saw registrations from as far away
as North Carolina and Missouri.
Tickets for the event were priced at
$40 a pop in advance, or $50 the day of the event. I, personally,
felt like this was a lot of money to pay just to roll around in
the mud —something that, historically, pigs do every day for
free— but surely I underestimate the value, not to mention
exfoliant properties, of a good trudge in the sludge. There were
strings of people racing around the track when I got there around
noon. The local fire department was on site with its trucks so firemen
armed with fire hoses could spray down the runners after they got
caked in wet dirt.
These Smithfield men, students of
USU, came dressed as Captain America, The Green Lantern and a jailbird.
They called themselves "Heroes vs. Villains."
There were also several other attractions and diversions available
at the venue, partly because the American West Heritage Center already
includes certain amenities and sights, including gift shops, horse
rides for the kids, and food and beverage vendors. The AWHC’s
parking lot was not just full, but fields and overflow parking areas
were packed with vehicles from all over Utah and surrounding states.
There were cars parked all the way to Highway 89 —the turnout
was epic. I have to admit, I was both surprised and impressed with
how many people this event drew, especially because it was the first
of its kind in our area.
One of the other local websites, cachevalleymagazine.com,
stated that Knight and Schaefer expected approximately 9,000 people
to show up over the course of the day. When I was out there I could
see that there were at least 4,000 people there in the couple of
hours that I spent walking around and taking pictures.
I was interested in finding out, too,
with such a high registration fee if the money was going to benefit
any charities or causes. Apparently, according to cachemagazine.com,
Schaefer and Knight have a fundraising goal of $50,000. The AWHC
will receive some of the money and ”some Cache Valley families
in need of serious financial help” will be the recipients
of the rest.
As I walked around taking in the sights,
I found several articles of clothing, like shorts, shirts, socks
sneakers, that were abandoned. I guess the previous owners of these
items figured it would be no use putting them in the washer at home
—mud-logged clothing must not seem worth it to some people.
The event website also suggested that costumes were a great way
to make the day more fun. I saw a wide variety of groups who decided
it was Halloween eight weeks early. One group of guys from Smithfield
was dressed up as Captain America, The Green Lantern and a jailbird.
They called themselves “Team Heroes vs. Villains.” The
group seemed quite jovial for having mud everywhere imaginable.
I also saw a group of five or six guys wearing blazers and ties
without shirts on. I wondered, since I saw these guys on my way
out, if they really knew what they were in for; and I hoped they
weren’t planning on wearing those jackets to church the next
day. The usual outrageously colored tights, ’80s garb and,
of course, tutus, were other typical elements of the standard mud
Aside from nearly having to threaten
a muddy friend in order to keep him from hugging me —I’m
a poor sport when it comes to getting dirty when I don’t want
to be— I thoroughly enjoyed myself. And my friend certainly
appeared to be enjoying himself. After talking to my friend, I was
very happy to find out that I could get food and drink at regular
rates, rather than the monopolistic prices you’ll see at concerts,
movies, or airports.
For those of you who now think I’m
not really as much fun as I may think, don’t worry, maybe
I’ll actually run the mud track next year. The wet plastic
slide by the starting line that went down a huge hill and into a
pit of muddy water actually looked like a lot of fun. If you’re
thinking about attending this event next year, that is if Schaefer
and Knight decide to make this an annual event (which I’m
sure they will), there were attractions available this year for
all shapes, ages, sizes and interests. You don’t have to be
a mud lover or a hippie to enjoy Man vs. Mud. I would, however,
suggest that germaphobes stay home or at least stay far away from
the mud. Don’t forget to keep your eyes opened for the guy
racing toward the fire hoses, that’ll be me… see you
Article Link: http://tourcachevalley.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/in-cache-valley-mud-is-thicker-than-water/
MAN vs MUD Preview
Cache Valley Magazine
August 23, 2011
It was only a matter of time. And thanks
to David Knight and Mike Schaefer, we didn’t have to wait
newest craze in racing around the country is taking runners off
the boring old asphalt and shepherding them into mud bogs and other
obstacles that make the race more about fun and the experience than
Enter Man vs. Mud: a potentially very
dirty 5K jaunt around the American West Heritage Center that’s
slated for its inaugural running on Sept. 3.
“We’ve had a really positive
response,” Schaefer says. “People like it and they relate
“It’s fun for everyone,”
Knight seconds. “Who doesn’t want to get muddy, whether
you’re an athlete or a couch potato?”
Similar to the Dirty Dash, which was
first held last fall at Soldier Hollow near Heber City, the Man
vs. Mud race will have participants “crawlin’, jumpin’,
divin’ and slidin’ all over the place.”
“We’re not the first people
to think about a mud run,” Knight admits, “but we thought
this would be perfect for Cache Valley. There’s a lot of active
people here, individuals that really love to get out and be active.”
Originally from Central Utah, Knight
met Schaefer, a native of Missouri, while they were both living
in Tucson, Ariz. They soon decided that wasn’t where they
wanted to be (not enough mud in the Sonoran Desert, perhaps?) and
both moved up to Northern Utah. After operating several different
businesses (including Cachedailydeals.com, which they launched in
February), the duo decided to become the dirtiest race directors
in Cache Valley.
After looking at several different
location options, they joined forces with the American West Heritage
Center in Wellsville. The race will start just off of bluff west
of the visitors’ center with a slip-and-slide, and proceed
in a clockwise direction around the rest of the property. Runners
will attempt to cross the pond on some floating pads, then will
later have to run through a shallower portion. They’ll also
be trenches, tunnel crawls and tire obstacles and a place where
spectators can blast the participants with Super Soaker water guns,
all leading up to the final mud pit just before the finish line.
“It’s gonna be good,”
Knight proclaims with a wicked smile, while also pointing out that
they’ll also be a “Boggy Bayou” for kids 12 and
under to try out.
As of mid-August, runners can sign
up for one of 15 different waves starting between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
There are a maximum of 150 participants in each wave, and between
runners and spectators, Knight and Schaefer are figuring that somewhere
around 9,000 people will be at the AWHC at some point during the
That would certainly help with their
fund-raising goal of $50,000. The pair plans to split that between
the American West Heritage Center and some Cache Valley families
in need of serious financial help.
“It’s basically just a
really fun community event where we can really help the Heritage
Center as well as some people in the valley,” Schaefer says.
To register for Man vs. Mud, log on
to their Web site at www.manvsmud.com. Registration fees are $45
until Sept. 2; $50 the day of the race if it’s not sold out.
The best part, though? Weather —
short of perhaps a blizzard — is not a concern.
“We hope it rains,” Knight
proclaims. “That would be great, actually.”
Article Link: http://www.cachevalleymagazine.com/?p=807
9th June, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAN vs MUD
1300 N 200 E Ste 114
Logan, UT 84321
MAN VS MUD 5K MUD RUN THROUGH OBSTACLES, MUD
HOLES, HILLS, FORESTS, TRAILS AND STREAMS COMING TO CACHE VALLEY
UT SEPTEMBER 3, 2011
Logan, UT – June 9, 2011 – MAN vs MUD announced today
that it is now accepting registrations for the inaugural MAN vs
MUD 5K Challenge (www.manvsmud.com) While
it will take place on a course 5k in length, the MAN vs MUD Challenge
is no ordinary 5k race, but is the ultimate event for thrill-seeking
athletes and ‘weekend warriors’ looking for a fun and
Taking place September 3, the MAN vs MUD Challenge will be held
at a spectacular location in beautiful Cache Valley, UT. This “more
fun, less run” race will be timed for those competitive runners,
but they’ll also need to navigate over a variety of obstacles
on a course that winds through the beautiful scenery and muddy trails.
The obstacles may include:
• Mud Crawl. Pretty much what it sounds like.
• Water Fall. There will be water, and you’ll
• Spider Web. Making it through this web
is easier if you wear a Spiderman costume.
• Hay You. No horse could eat its way through
this wall of hay.
• Grandmother’s House. Over the river
and through the woods…
• and many more involving mud, water, walls, and other exciting
and unusual challenges.
Those who survive earn the title of true MAN vs MUD champions and
get a clean t-shirt and fun goodies for their efforts. Prizes and
Costume awards will be given.
“People are looking for new ways to challenge themselves beyond
normal road races, and the sports of adventure racing and mud runs
are taking off around the country,” said David Knight, one
of the co-founders of MAN vs MUD. “The MAN vs MUD event gives
people a way to compete while having more fun than they’ve
probably had since they were a kid. Getting dirty in mud holes,
running across streams, climbing walls – all the stuff your
Mom used to yell at you about. It’s probably the most fun-filled
race you’ll ever do.”
The MAN vs MUD Challenge is a proud to help our local community
and those who truly need help. “We will be donating a portion
of the proceeds from the MAN vs MUD 5K mud run on September 3rd
to help families or organizations here in Cache Valley, UT. We want
to help the individuals who need it most, and we want YOU to tell
us about them”.
To register, or for more information, please go to http://www.manvsmud.com
Check out the MAN vs MUD Challenge on Facebook: http://www.manvsmud.com/facebook