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Fun and unique races are popping up everywhere it seems. Ways to get covered in color, glow-in-the-dark, or find your inner warrior have all been pretty popular additions to the running scene this year. Just when you think they’ve thought of it all, a new race with appeal unlike any other shows up. Pretty Muddy is a new race just for the ladies… no boys allowed!
Pretty Muddy is a 5k adventure obstacle course race. As you can probably gather, it’s also pretty muddy. The whole concept is focused on women being able spend free time out of their daily grind in an unforgettable way. The race was created by two men who watched their wives balance so much between work, family, and responsibilities and realized they needed more outlets for carefree time in their lives. And thus, Pretty Muddy was born. I can tell I already like these guys.
An occasional solo shopping trip or even wine night out with the girls isn’t always a true release, nor is it very active. But an obstacle course in the mud? Umm yes please! I can’t think of a better way to blow off steam with my friends while painting a constant smile on my face.
The first event is scheduled in Chicago on September 15 and several others are billed to follow, including New York City and Miami. Those who show up will find a 3.1 mile course littered with obstacles and mud. The events aren’t timed and if an obstacle is too difficult, participants are encouraged to ask for help or just skip it. The day is designed to be fun, not build more stress. The only requirement is that you are able to walk three miles, but the planners stress “take as long as you want.” If a lady wants to repeat an obstacle, she is encouraged to do so. They expect nothing but muddy smiles at the finish line.
While participants are having a blast in the mud they’ll also be doing so much for the community they’re in. Pretty Muddy will identify what they call Pretty Preferred Partners for each race locale. These charitable partners will receive portions of the registration fees. In Chicago, the Pretty Preferred Partner is the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital Circle of Friends.
For the racer who wants to do even more, Pretty Muddy has a very unique program for participants to raise money for the charity of their choice. Through the online registration, any non-profit can set up a donation page and use Pretty Muddy as a means for fundraising. If you’d like to raise funds for a local team, a library, or any other non-profit, Pretty Muddy can help you with that.
Heard enough? Ready to sign up? Registration is available through the website and surely will fill fast.
For those who run Pretty Muddy, their tagline sums up the experience pretty well:
That’s Pretty Muddy.
August 8th, 2012