People tend to avoid mud in normal circumstances, but the Muds to Suds adventure race is not normal circumstances.
Participants race over, under and through dozens of muddy obstacles on a 2.5-mile course. At the end, a fire truck waits to hose off the muddy runners, many of whom will camp out during the two-day event.
Whatcom Events, the organizers of the Ski to Sea and Tour de Whatcom races, held the first Muds to Suds last year. The race is held at Hovander Park in Ferndale, and is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, August 24 and 25. Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County will receive proceeds from the race and will also run parking at the event, which costs $2 per vehicle.
Racers who have already registered are encouraged to pick up their race packet at Sports Authority in the Bellis Fair Mall in Bellingham this Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18. Procrastinators can register in person on race day, but online registration closes August 21.
Muds to Suds offers more than just a dirty run. Racers are encouraged to form teams, wear costumes and have a good time.
The course is spectator friendly, so family and friends can watch racers get muddy. All racers get a post-race hose down, a free five-minute massage and a BBQ bratwurst on a bun. Adult participants get one free beer in the Boundary Bay Brewery beer garden, and those under 21 get a free beverage in the root beer garden.
There will be live music, food vendors and a kids’ activity zone after the race. Those camping out Saturday night can roast s’mores and socialize around a community bonfire.
Registration costs $45 for adults, $35 for students ages 15–21 and $25 for kids ages 8–14. Participants can race either Saturday or Sunday. Registration includes a Muds to Suds T-shirt, a beer or beverage from the beer garden or root beer garden, bratwurst on a bun from Fred Meyer and giveaways from local companies.