Our 5K course is focused on fun, but it’s also designed to give runners a real feeling of accomplishment. There are muddy pits, trenches, craters, and pools that surround our 18 obstacles, so the event can provide an awesome challenge if you’re looking for one. However, the most important thing to remember is that YOU can approach the run in any way you choose.
The best way to know what to expect at MuckFest is to take a spin through our photo albums of last year’s events. Check out the obstacles, the terrain, and how experienced Muckers outfit themselves. This will help alleviate any nerves and give you a good sense of how prepared you are.
If your goal is to run the course and you’re new to running, there are a variety of free or inexpensive 5K training apps available for both iPhone and Android. These will coach you through a weekly schedule, provide training tips, and allow you to log your progress. If you’re a new runner, be sure to take your training slowly and don’t be afraid of walk breaks! Many of our participants choose to walk the entire MuckFest course. Whether you run, walk, or waddle like Puck the Muck Duck, you’ll all end up in the same spot — celebrating your achievement in the MuckFestival!
How you train and for how long are dependent on you. You know best how you can handle the physical demands of running, jumping, swinging, climbing, and swimming. So, whatever your fitness level, whether you just ran a marathon or just rolled off the couch, being prepared for the run allows you to have the best MuckFest experience possible.
Once you decide what your personal goal is — whether you want to run the entire course like it’s the Olympics or take a more leisurely approach — you’ll have a good sense of how much time you need to spend training. Just remember that we won’t make you do push-ups if you skip an obstacle, but we might put your face up on the Jumbotron or on the side of the MuckFest Blimp. (We don’t have a Jumbotron... or a blimp, so your secret is safe with us.)
Please note: any health, safety and training information provided to you in connection with your participation in MuckFest is not intended to replace or be construed as medical advice and any such information is not a substitute for seeking medical advice or treatment from your medical provider. Before starting any exercise program or following any recommendations, advice or other instructions regarding training for this event or any athletic event, you should first consult a physician and have a physical examination.