Early humans never would have survived without mud to build their dwellings, camouflage their bodies, and sling at each other during political debates. Enjoy a dirty campaign with this Groupon.
- $35 for one adult registration to the Eat Dirt Mud Run on Saturday, September 28 (up to a $70 value)
The race takes place at 67 E. Algonquin Road in South Barrington. Participants may race in any of the event's 11 heats, which begin at 7:30 a.m. and launch every 30 minutes thereafter until 12:30 p.m.
Eat Dirt Mud Run
Of the many 5K events held in the midwest, only one requires runners to sully themselves slipping down a mudslide. The annual Eat Dirt Mud Run sends thousands of runners through a grueling and characteristically muddy 5K landscape. The hosts have devised a one-lap course replete with slippery hill climbs, cargo nets, multiple mud pits, and fields of tires to challenge runners' endurance and grit. As adult participants—some donning costumes—sprint and stumble through the course, child runners can test their mettle in the Kids Mini Mud Run, in which competitors 6–12 traipse through a smaller, one-mile course. After concluding the race, runners rinse off at the course's wash station and can describe their thrilling journeys to fellow racers and earthworms they befriended during their muddy plunge.