Indian Mud Run returning for seventh year

| June 20, 2018

COSHOCTON – For the seventh year, Coshocton County will host the Indian Mud Run at Lake Park on Saturday, June 23.

The pro class will begin at 8 a.m. Parking for spectators and participants is available at Lake Park by the ball fields. Shuttles will take you up to the former Hilltop Golf Course where you can view athletes taking on many of the obstacles. Cost for parking is $10.

Event creator Hubie Cushman said the 10K course has 50 to 55 obstacles and the 5K has 20 to 25 and bypasses the most extreme obstacles.

“It takes a lot of time and effort from a great group of people to put this race on,” he said. Cushman added that without the help of Amy Taylor who is the event coordinator, Rusty Fry, Christina Humphreys, Alyssa Haines, Gabriel Whittington and Lana Cushman, the mud run wouldn’t happen.

Last year, about 720 people from 27 states and Canada competed in the event.

“This race (the longer of the two courses) is a qualifying race for people wanting to get into the North American Obstacle racing championships that will be held in Vermont. It is also a qualifier for the World Championships that will be held in England this October,” Hubie said.

There are several age groups for adults for the race and all participants receive a finisher medal, string bag, Indian Mud Run t-shirt and participants 21-years-old or older receive ice-cold beer. The cost has gone up monthly since registration opened and is now at $125 for pro, $105 for competitive age group, $80 for open and $25 for high school. You can register at www.indianmudrun.com. There also is a special rate for Coshocton County residents. For those who live in the county the 5K is $30 and the 10K is $65 when you register with Taylor at Ace Hardware or e-mail [email protected].

“The 5K has plenty of challenges on it, but it’s something everybody could do even if you just want to hike or walk it,” she said. “The 10K, especially the competitive wave, is when people are really trying to get the obstacles done.”

There also will be a course just for kids. They can register that day for $10 and can run the course as many times as they want. Wiley’s is sponsoring water balloon dodgeball, Wooly Pig Farm Brewery is hosting the beer garden, and there will be food, music, vendors and giveaways.

“We want people to come up, have fun and spend the day,” Taylor said. “It’s awesome and there is no admission fee to come watch. A lot of the course is open and there is plenty of room to roam. We just don’t want spectators going down the nature trails were there isn’t a lot of room and it could be dangerous for them.”

If you want to do more than be a spectator, but aren’t ready to run the race, you can volunteer. Shifts are from 7:15 to 11:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. E-mail Taylor for more information or message the Indian Mud Run on Facebook. Volunteers will be fed courtesy of Tom Edwards and Auer Ace Hardware.

The Indian Mud Run has raised nearly $100,000 for Lake Park and local emergency services.

Editor’s note: Josie Sellers contributed to this article.

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Parking

Parking for spectators and participants is available at Lake Park by the ball fields. Shuttles will take you up to the former Hilltop Golf Course where you can view athletes taking on many of the obstacles. Cost for parking is $10.

Exciting new obstacles

Frontier Power Wall: Money to construct this obstacle was generously donated by Frontier Power. “This design came out of Hubie’s mind,” said Amy Taylor, event coordinator. “It’s an inverted wall that is really cool and huge.”

Nuclear Ninja: “A race from out of the country called and asked for permission to use our floating walls,” Taylor said. “In return we got to duplicate their signature obstacle. It’s something that hasn’t been seen in the states for many, many years.” This obstacle is located near the kids’ course and will be very visible to spectators.

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