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September 28, 2013

AREA RUNNING: Getting dirty

Henderson County Young Life organization hosting second annual 5K Mud Run event

Athens — If you are someone who likes to be competitive and get muddy at the same time, then there is a race for you next Saturday at Carpenter’s Ranch in Murchison.

The 2nd annual Henderson County Young Life 5K Mud Run will be held Oct. 5 starting with registration at 9 a.m.

The race is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. with staggered starts.

Young Life area director Taylor Young said those participating in the event can head to the ranch from Athens on Highway 31 East to 317 East and it will be about 12.5 miles off of 317 East.

“We will have everyone park and register at the Chevron Station about 10 or so miles down and then we will bus them over to the race,” Young said.

For competitiors, the race will have some different obstacles from the last year’s event.

“It will have several obstacles like climbing off muddy hills and climbing walls,” Young said. “There will be some surprises along the way and it will be similar to obstacle races like Tough Mudder but not as intense.”

The Young Life program is a non-denominational group that starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship.

Young said every person that registers will receive a t-shirt with their admission.

They ask that you bring a photo ID for adult competitors.  

Minors (over 14) will need a parent or guardians signature and race waivers will be signed on-site. They will not be mailed to participants.

They also recommend that you have on appropriate footwear for the race since runners will be getting muddy.

They will hand out awards to the top 3 finishers in the male and female divisions, the top High School finisher, the dirtiest competitor and the best dressed team.

If you would like to signup for the event, you can head to

Ticket prices for the event are $30 for a single competitor, $125 for a team package of five competitors and $15 for high school and college students.

They have a promotional offer if you bring a friend which buys two for the price of $45 and an absentee ticket — which scholarships two high schoolers for the price of $30.

“We would love for more people to sign up,” Young said. “We want this to be an event that rallies support from the community. We want people to have fun and get them connected to Young Life.”

For additional information, you can email,

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