Project Mud might remind adults of the fun they had as a child—running in an open field, sliding into a muddy pond, and crawling through a mud-filled tunnel. The Project Mud 5K challenges individual competitors to drudge their way through 18 mud-covered obstacles in a bid to make their way to the finish line. Those who cross the checkered line celebrate with fellow racers and spectators alike during a lively after party, where live bands and DJs inspire crowds to dance while food vendors serve fresh dishes and cold beer. Proceeds from each event help fund charities in each city, ensuring money collected goes to a good cause instead of serving as fodder for thieving tooth fairies.
The Dirty Girl Mud Run—a women-only 5K for all ages and athletic abilities—traverses an obstacle course plotted across mud-soaked terrain. Eschewing the pressure of a traditional 5K, the noncompetitive, un-timed event focuses on camaraderie—women are encouraged to form teams and help each other to the finish line. The course pushes participants to endeavor beyond their comfort zone by tackling hills, puddles, and runaway speed bumps. Music and adult beverages liven the party, and Dirty Girl supports women fighting breast cancer by donating a portion of each entry fee to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Clean freaks aren’t welcome at the Mega Mud Run Challenge. The 5K race is full of obstacles that grow increasingly sloppy as stampedes of booted runners stir up chunks of turf. In addition to posing standard race challenges to endurance and speed, the rugged trail forces racers to crawl under nets through marsh grass, walk tightropes suspended over tidal creek mud, and scale a 17-foot knotted rope without the use of a hovercraft.
Racers can compete as individuals or in teams of four. For foursomes, two members must fireman's-carry their other teammates for the final 100-yard stretch, so they should prepare by practicing their carrying form and refraining from eating lead for breakfast. After the race, guests can unwind with beer and food—cash only—as an awards ceremony honors the top finishers.
Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race sends runners into an obstacle-filled odyssey of muddy endurance. The 5-kilometer course features more than epic 25 obstacles, with participants scaling towers of stacked shipping containers, crawling through underground tunnels, and leaping over fire. After the race, live music and cold beer invite triumphant runners to unwind. Those with excess energy can head over to even more kinetic activities such as mechanical bull riding, beach volleyball, and adult-sized bounce houses.
The Savannah Beerathon mimics a marathon with a tongue-in-cheek lineup of 26 bar hops, each location pouring a different featured craft brew. The Savannah Morning News profiled the event, which taps into the city's burgeoning craft-beer culture for an eclectic tasting tour.
Each venue boasts beer specials—though the brews themselves are not included with admission as per Georgia law. The suds range from Left Hand milk stout and Blue Point toasted lager to Sam Adams' Octoberfest. Participants meet new friends and new beers throughout the day, raising a glass to good taste and soaking up the sounds of live bands and DJs. The organizers encourage the wearing of team outfits and welcome designated drivers and sober pack-horses to join their friends at the venues.
With over 200 councils in North America, Girls on the Run has inspired over 600,000 young ladies in grades three–eight to step up to life’s starting line with courage, strength, and confidence. The positive youth-development program instills adolescents with self-esteem while enhancing emotional, mental, and social development throughout a 10-week training program, which culminates in the celebratory 5K run.