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Volunteers, participants needed for mud run

Published on -6/6/2013, 9:13 AM

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Special to The Hays Daily News

Volunteers are needed to help conduct the third annual Big Creek Mud Run set for 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 24 on the Fort Hays State University campus, east of Gross Memorial Coliseum.

This year, said Emily Washburn, assistant director of the Tiger Wellness Center, volunteers will sign up for a single shift, 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are asked to walk through the course the day before so everyone knows his or her place and responsibilities. This should take an hour at most, she said. Food and drink will be provided. Detailed information about meeting times and places will be sent to those interested.

To volunteer, contact Washburn at (785) 628-5908 or email her at eewashburn@fhsu.edu.

The Mud Run is a 2.5-mile course with 20 to 25 obstacles, mudpits and Big Creek.

Two volunteers are needed at each obstacle and could be called on to assist runners through the obstacles.

Volunteers also will be needed at the finish line and registration areas.

All volunteers will receive drinks, a meal and a T-shirt.

The run is co-hosted by FHSU and the Center for Health Improvement at HaysMed.

Both groups were looking to host "something that is different than a 5K run," Washburn said.

Funds raised are used for scholarships and to help host events such as the Shane Gottschalk Day of Fitness.

Participants in the Big Creek Mud Run must be 18 years or older. The sign-up deadline is Aug. 21. The registration fee is $25. The race is run in waves beginning at 8:30 a.m. New waves start every 20 minutes, and the last wave will begin at 11:30 a.m. A maximum of 40 participants are allowed in each wave.

A Kids Mud Bath for ages 3 and older will be at noon.

To register or learn more about the event, visit the event website, www.thecenter.haysmed.com/mudrun.

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