KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Volunteers from all over Southwest Michigan will team up to "Blaze the Trail" and prepare the course for this year's Kalamazoo Mud Run at Kalamazoo Community Church. The volunteers will be trimming trees, digging and raking to clear the course and generally prepping the course for race day.
"Blaze the Trail" takes place Saturday, May 11th, from 9am-12pm.
With over 1000 runners already registered the 2013 version of the Kalamazoo Mud Run is expected to be bigger & better than ever. The extreme fitness event is scheduled for June 8th, 2013 and will take place at Kalamazoo Community Church at 2435 N. 26th street in Kalamazoo. The event consists of a 5k course for solo runners, age 13 and up, and teams of four or more. There will also be a shorter Kids Mud Run for kids 6-12 years old.
The trail-run style course is bigger and better this year with a single 5k loop including 18 obstacles and many oppurtunities to get wet and muddy. Participants can expect to be challenged with obstacles such as hills, wall climbs, mud crawls, mud trenches and lots of water.
The event is themed - “Get Dirty for Clean Water” because proceeds will be used to bring clean water to the people of Uganda. Kalamazoo Community Church is partnering withThe Bridge in Portage to support efforts to build 50 wells in 50 villages in 5 years. The Kalamazoo Mud Run will also support the local mission of Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishesto feed hungry people in need through their Mobile Food Initiative.
Shoes will also be collected at the Kalamazoo Mud Run for Soles4Souls including the muddy shoes from the participants which will be cleaned before being donated. Souls4Soles provides shoes to aid the hurting worldwide and also uses the shoes to support micro-business opportunities.