Running was popular in Europe long before it caught on in America, which is why most races are measured in kilometers and why most of the Pilgrims were eaten by bears. Race to the top of the food chain with this Groupon.
$35 for Registration in a Women-Only 5K Mud Run ($79.50 Value)
The untimed race’s course—dotted with architectural obstacles—ends in a finish-line party complete with entertainment, cold beer, and drinks. Runners start their treks on Saturday, September 15, taking off for the finish line in waves of their choosing. Each wave, consisting of around 200 people, heads out 15 minutes after the previous one from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
Participants wishing to use public transportation can also take advantage of a free shuttle to and from the event at the Hickory Creek Metra station, accessible on the Rock Island District Metra line. The shuttle will run in accordance with Metra's schedule, which departs trains every two hours.
Mud-splattered runners slog down a muddy 5K course, sporadically clambering over architectural obstacles, as they charge toward the distant chords of music at the Pretty Muddy race’s finish-line party. The race founders designed the event as a respite from everyday responsibilities, where women can enjoy the primal thrill of a physical challenge in a supportive, single-sex environment.
Focused on runner comfort, the race is untimed and does not require participants to crawl through mud or over obstacles if they aren't comfortable doing so. At least two aid stations are present on all Pretty Muddy courses to prevent thirsty runners from quenching their thirst with an earthen beverage. Mud-caked finishers can compete for costume prizes or free themselves of icky attire at onsite rinsing and changing stations.
Pretty Muddy's founders designed their 5K obstacle course with a simple goal: to provide a stress-free opportunity for women to cut loose and have a blast in the mud with their friends. Women run or walk at their own pace, encountering low-pressure architectural obstacles along the way that are devoid of hay, splintering plywood, and axe-wielding trolls. The finishers sport post-race looks ranging from mud-drenched to only lightly splattered, depending on their course strategies.
Though the course architects designed obstacles to be fun, Pretty Muddy team members are stationed at each one to provide assistance, and obliging signs point out alternative routes for those who’d rather keep walking. The team often reminds participants that it isn’t about how many obstacles they surmount, but about sucking every drop of fun out of the experience.
At least two aid stations are present on every Pretty Muddy course to keep everyone well hydrated. After they finish, muddy ladies can compete for costume prizes, grab a drink and listen to the music, or free themselves of icky attire at onsite rinsing and changing stations.