Sign up now for Mud Run

Runners looking for a little bit of muddy, challenging fun can start signing up to participate in the second annual Marietta Family YMCA Mud Run.

The run, which will take place April 26, will be a 5K course featuring around 20 obstacles.

YMCA Executive Director Suzy Zumwalde said this year’s course is a little different than the last one.

“We’re actually doing a reverse course but we’ve added some new obstacles and some new trails so it’ll definitely be different,” she said.

Program Director Matt Kress has been helping with the construction and completion of the course. He said a lot of work has been going into making the course perfect for runners.

“There’s been lots of clearing debris and trimming branches that might smack someone in the face while they’re running,” he said.

He added that briers have also been trimmed back to prevent any unwelcome snags.

He said work would continue next week to get the obstacles in top shape.

“We’ll build a couple new paths,” he said. “This coming week we’ll be building the obstacles and setting things up.”

Kress said one new thing this year is the type of obstacles runners will face.

“There are more natural obstacles,” he said. “It’s pretty much the same route, but they went down a steep hill last year; this year they’re going up it. We’ll be taking them through a waterfall part, and there’s a huge pile of grindstones they’ll have to climb over.”

Zumwalde said the expectation is to have more than 300 people.

“Last year we had 250 people, which was more than we expected,” she said. “This year, we’re expecting 350 to 400 people.”

Zumwalde said registration for the event can be done online. Registering in advance will cost $45. Online registration closes on Wednesday. She said runners can also register on the day of the event at a cost of $50. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on April 26 and the race will start at 9 a.m.

In addition to the adult 5K, there will also be a mini mud run for children. The half-mile course will start at 11 a.m. Zumwalde said online registration will cost $20 and race day registration will cost $25.

Some of the adult finishers will get medals.

“There will be medals for the top three overall male and female finishers,” Zumwalde said.

She said other medals would be given.

“It’s a popular thing for people to come in costume,” she said. “We actually have a best costume plaque for individuals and teams.”

An after party will be held at Boathouse BBQ, where awards will be doled out.

Zumwalde said volunteers are needed for the event.

Kress said runners should come prepared to be challenged.

“I wasn’t here last year, but I walked the course and this one’s way harder,” he said, adding the course is already muddy from rain.