During a Muddy Fanatic race, you never know what's coming up next. Maybe you'll have to scale a steep rock wall or shimmy along a rope while suspended above a murky stream. One thing's for sure—by race's end, you'll be covered head-to-toe in mud, making it easy to consider this event part-race and part-spa day. The 5K trek takes groups past mud-soaked obstacles on their way to glory, i.e. the finish line. The fun, social aspect of the race means there's always someone available to lend a helping hand and to toast with at the after party, which features live entertainment. A portion of the proceeds goes toward the Son Foundation, an organization that provides housing to cancer patients and their families visiting the area for treatment.
Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure places novice passengers alongside professional drivers for ride-along experiences on Talladega Superspeedway. At 2.66 miles around, Talladega Superspeedway is the largest oval racetrack in the Sprint Cup Series and is well-known throughout motorsports. Passengers circumnavigate the speedy circle at speeds of up to 175 mph aboard real racecars once owned by such drivers as Mark Martin, Michael Waltrip, and Bobby Labonte. Before embarking, riders receive safety training and suit up in a full fire suit complete with a helmet with facemask and Hans Device, the same head restraint used by professional heavy-metal guitarists. Talladega Superspeedway is located next to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, which is open daily to visitors.
Established: Before 1950
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Brands Used: None
Pro Tip: Purchase tickets at Lanier-Madison Visitor Center across Vine Street from the Mansion.
Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Free street parking
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Spiral staircase
Recommended Age Group: All ages
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
Give visitors a short introduction to the life and times of James Lanier.
What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?
Customers will experience an informative and fun tour of a fully furnished Greek Revival mansion with a spiral staircase and 14 ft. ceilings. Visitors will also be told short, interesting stories about the Lanier family and the town of Madison. For example, they will hear how one family member drowned in the Ohio River, that Madison was the second largest pork-packing town in the 1840s, and that James Lanier lent the State of Indiana over 1 million dollars during the Civil War.
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There are beautiful gardens on the mansion grounds.
Mud oozes through fingers, toes, and other places mud should never ooze through during Mudathlon, a challenge that puts 3 miles and more than 40 obstacles between racers and the finish line. With multiple stops across the country, Mudathlon transforms its destinations into messy, muck-riddled swamplands, where participants ascend walls, zip down slides, and always end up in the same place—back in the mud. Course marshals stationed along each route keep feet moving in the right direction, and at the finish line, the top three male and female competitors receive Top Mudder awards for finishing fastest while ingesting the government’s daily recommended serving of mud. After the race, individuals and teams gather to celebrate at a country-themed party, which continues the festivities with live music, costume contests, and an abundance of food and beer.