Like pigs, babies, and pigs raised by babies, most humans relish the opportunity to roll around in mud. Get down and dirty with today's Groupon for the 2.5-mile Epic Mud Run, sponsored by Ultramax Events. The race will be held on Saturday, September 10, at Midway Travel Center. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get an individual registration (up to $55 value).
- For $60, you get a three-person team registration (up to $145 value).
During the Epic Mud Run, road warriors zip around a 2.5-mile muddy circuit, hurdling, dodging, and just generally avoiding up to 14 obstacles along the way. After stashing belongings at the free gear check-in, dirt devils line up at 4 p.m., and 150 more runners hit the earthy course in waves every 20 minutes. During the race, participants wear a digital chip laced to their shoes to provide live race results, and lens-wielders from ASI Photography snap photos of joggers tackling obstacles, crossing the finish line, or secretly drinking all of the opponents mud. A hydration station midcourse keeps thirst at bay. Each member of the three-person teams runs the entire course, for a combined finishing time that represents the speedy trio. After the dash, each racer receives an Epic Mud Run shirt and a complimentary beer (racers 21 and older). Mud-soaked participants can hose off or shoot water skyward to give clouds a taste of their own medicine.
At 6 p.m. the mega postrace party begins, with snacks, drinks, and live music. Around 8 p.m., the emcee will crown victors in the award ceremony, with the top five winners from each individual category and the top three teams from each team category winning a 28-ounce Epic stein. Around 8:45 p.m. runners can compete and ropes can resign themselves to a grisly fate in a tug-of-war competition. A portion of each entry fee and parking fee will go directly to the Children's Miracle Network and the University of Missouri Children's Hospital.