If you go
What: Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Down and Dirty Mud Run
When: May 12. 9 a.m. packet pick-up; 11 a.m.
Where: Soldiers Field House, 3236 Second Division Drive, Lewis Main
To learn more: For more information, visit jblmmwr.com/races.
There are plenty of fun runs on Joint Base Lewis-McChord throughout the year; but only one encourages you and the family to jump in the mud.
JBLM will be hosting its annual Down and Dirty Mud Run May 12 outside of Soldiers Field House on Lewis Main. Hundreds of runners are expected to be released in three heats — 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and noon – onto a 5K course filled with mud pits, water pits and various obstacles.
Much like Mordor in “Lord of the Rings,” one cannot simply walk or run through this 5K course. Runners of all sizes will be required to get, well, down and dirty.
“What we’d like it to be is a challenge for all ages groups,” said race coordinator Josh Adams from Sheridan Sports and Fitness Center. “They know they’re going to be slopping through the mud and having a good time while putting forth the effort and getting a good workout.”
The 5K course that goes through the trails surrounding Soldiers Field House will be very similar. Although Adams wasn’t able to confirm which direction people will run, it will have the familiar mud pits that returning runners will enjoy.
“We’re incorporating some hills as well and some of those (obstacles) that have been there the whole time, like crawling under logs and netting,” he said.
Additional obstacles include mucky bars, a sludge slide and an off-road tire trail. Additional mud pits might be strategically added on the course to maximize muddy fun potential.
The work on the course has been a continuous project in recent weeks. Adams said Justin Kincy, facility manager at Jensen Family Health and Fitness Center, has been working hard to clear the course of blackberry bushes and rocks for smooth mud pits.
“It’s much different than putting together a regular 5K course that is already laid out and doesn’t need mud, hay bales and other things,” Adams said.
The early registration period, which guarantees a T-shirt in the runners’ size, ends May 1 at 11:59 p.m. The cost for early registered runners is $20 with a valid military ID and $30 without.
Late registration period concludes May 9 at 11:59 p.m. Runners will get a T-shirt, but sizes are not guaranteed. The price during this period is $25 with a valid military ID and $35 without.
Runners who wait until the day of will have to pay $35 with a military ID and $40 without; no T-shirts will be guaranteed.
A registration link for the Down and Dirty Mud Run can be found at jblmmwr.com/races. For more information, call 253-967-7311.