Had to share it since we are doing it this morning.http://www.mudrun.org/Photos/Photos.cfm
Some fun thoughts from their site:
The Mud Run is definitely NOT your average 5K. The Mud Run is for the adventuresome spirit and is a family friendly race.
Participants run, walk, skip, trot and even cavort through our 5K(ish - please refer to helpful hints section for the clarification of "ish") course, which winds through the scenic trails of Two Rivers Park. Participants must overcome an "obstacle" or two along the way. (2005, it was a tire obstacle.) Then finish with a spectacular frolic (but in most cases romp) through our world-renowned 300-foot mud pit, which is filled with that amazing Arkansas mud. The point is not to finish fast but to finish with style.
“Obstacles” add to the fun and excitement of the race. Only the CIC and the HH know what the obstacles are until the race officially begins.
HINT-HINT-WINK-WINK-NUDGE-NUDGE. The organizers of the Mud Run truly believe that stepping up to the start line of any race should be a celebration of the human spirit. Since its inception, the Mud Run has maintained the highest standard of silliness, coupled with a huge helping of organized chaos, equality, and humor. If you call (or email) the CIC or the HH and inquire about the “obstacle” they are sworn to secrecy and will not tell you what the “obstacle” is. However, flowers and candy have worked in the past when participants wanted to get the competitive edge so they could win the highly coveted Mud Run Crown. A Starbucks Latte would work too.
The “ish” in 5K-ish. To understand the importance of the “ish”, one must go back in time to the first epic romping of the Mud Run - a long, long time ago.
As legend has it, a really fast runner – we will call him Brian the Barbarian (aka Brian Bariola of Benton) was a mile ahead of everyone else. The CIC (remember that is Chick In Charge) that first year did not think it was very sporting to let Brian beat the entire field by such a large margin. So with a wave of her magically Mud Run Mojo Stick, she issued the decree from high atop Majestic Mud Mountain and the course was magically changed in the middle of the race. Thus, saving thousands the humiliation of being beat like a yard dawg. Brian still won the race, got a few extra miles in (remember he’s this really fast guy that likes running alot), and everyone lived happily ever after.