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Manchester’s Great American Mud Run postponed until November

Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Staff Reports

The Great American Mud Run scheduled for this weekend at Great Stage Park in Manchester has been postponed until Nov. 2.

In an email to the Times , event organizers blamed unforeseen circumstances as the reason for the change.

“We had some unforeseen logistical issues arise that would have prevented us from providing the awesome racing experience we’re known for,” the event said in an email.

The event’s website shows ticket sales to be at 42, 75, 50, 40, 20 and 10 percent capacity for the first six waves of runs (waves of runners take off every 30 minutes throughout the day). The last four waves are simply listed as “open.”

The Manchester 5K will be held at the Bonnaroo farm, otherwise known as Great Stage Park, and participants can register online. The move to November was announced on the organizations website.

The event website says runners will make their way through the mud, and in order to complete the course, will go through several obstacles along the way.

New additions to this year’s course include, Fluge, a 40-foot tall mudslide which, the event’s website states, is guaranteed to make runners laugh. The second of new obstacle is called Geronimo. Participants will swing across a mud pit on a rope.

Participants will encounter 11 additional obstacles during the 5K route, including Balls of Fury, which requires them to dodge swinging tires and foam; and The Muddy Moonshine, which will make participates get down and dirty, crawling on their stomach to get through. One other obstacle that the course will entail is the Blaze of Glory, which challenges runners to jump over burning logs.

Cost of entry into the run is $79 and participants must be 18 years of age to sign up. According to the run’s website, the course is designed for both the beginner and advanced athletes.

Included in the registration package is: a Great American Mud Run T-shirt, unlimited high-resolution digital event photos, a custom finisher award, access to the All-American After Party and one beer for those of legal drinking age.

The top three winners in the elite wave of the race will take home cash prizes as well. First place will receive $200, second place will bring home $100 and $75 will go to the third-place finisher.

In the name of fun, several other awards will be given out and those who participate are encouraged to go all-out when it comes to their run apparel. Included in the awards are: best costume, most patriotic costume, best mustache, best pigtails, most neon costume and largest team.

The final award will be the Wounded Wear Patriot, presented to the person who raises the most amount of money for the Wounded Wear, a charity partner of the Great American Mud Run. The Wounded Wear’s mission is to raise the national awareness of the sacrifice of wounded warriors, their families and the families of fallen service members. In support of this mission, Wounded Wear advocates on behalf, and facilitates opportunities for, those who have sacrificed so much, as well as providing free fashionable clothing kits to wounded warriors that empower them to rediscover the hero within.

Those interested in raising money for the charity or donating can do so on the Great American Mud Run’s website.