By Alicia Dziak
Eleven obstacles + 3.5 or 5.4 miles = one amazing time! The annual Holiday Valley Mudslide is coming up June 18 and you won’t want to miss it!
The Mudslide is a race to remember. Whether you’re sporting a superhero costume, rockin’ a tiara, or just in it to win it, there’s no greater glory than sliding down the mudslide into the giant mud pit, making your way out, and crossing the finish line, hopefully with your attire still intact.
Waves of 100 runners depart from the starting line by Spruce Lake beginning at 10 a.m. From there, runners head around the lake to the first obstacle, the now-famous “lily pads” that float atop the water.
The 3.5 mile course follows the cross-country trails, through the mucky woods to the top of Eagle, down Woodstock, across Explorer to Morning Star, through the woods and across Mardi Gras, down Holiday Run to Edelweiss and finishes at the Training Center. This short course has an elevation with a drop of 600 feet downhill.
Those up for the 5.4 mile course will be treated to a loop from Eagle across to Cindy’s, down a logging road to lower Bear Cub and back uphill to Explorer. (This section is so steep they’ve installed ropes to help you scramble up!) Both courses end with the mudslide at the base of Yodeler.
The much-needed rinse-off after the race is a challenge in and of itself – be warned that they use the icy-cold snow guns to hose off some of that mud. And here’s another bit of advice: don’t plan on wearing your brand-new kicks. They will get MUDDY.
If you’re the competitive type, prizes will be awarded to the overall three fastest males and females. If the chip timing isn’t a motivator, you also have a chance to win using your creative side, with prizes awarded for those with the best costumes.
You’ll need to refuel after all that hard work, and the after-party is just the way to do it. Following the race, guests can head to the Champagne Sundeck, just outside of Yodeler Lodge, for tunes, games and plenty of liquid refreshments. Starting at 11 a.m., competitors will receive a free hot dog and two beverages. Friends and family are welcome to purchase food and beverages and join the fun. You can also hang out in the Vendor Village, which will showcase several local shops and booths.
Don’t leave the kids at home for this one! Children as young as seven can participate in the 3.5 mile course with adult supervision, and kids up to age 12 can compete in the Kids’ MiniMudslide, which starts at approximately 1:30 p.m. Register your child for just $5 on race day under the Yodeler Deck and they can navigate a half mile course filled with cool obstacles, including the mudslide.
All this for a good cause? Yes! This year, the Mudslide’s charity beneficiary is Jim Kelly’s Hunter’s Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to giving hope through education and awareness, research, and family care for Krabbe, Leukodystrophies, and newborn screening.
Register in advance for $60 by June 16. If spots are still available, race-day registration will be from 7-11 a.m. at Yodeler Lodge. All competitors will receive a goody bag, a super cool finisher’s medal and the post-race party. More info and registration details can be found at www.holidayvalley.com/mudslide.