Year after year Whatcom Events has put together Bellingham's famed Ski to Sea race, and now the committee is venturing into new territory as they recently announced a new race called Muds to Suds, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at Hovander Homestead Park in Ferndale.
With the success of mud races in areas such as Whistler, B.C., and Seattle, Whatcom Events Executive Director Mel Monkelis said he is thrilled to bring a mud race to Whatcom County.
"We decided to do it, because we wanted to include other events rather than just Ski to Sea," Monkelis said in a phone interview. "Mud races have become very popular, and it would be nice to have one in central Whatcom County."
Muds to Suds is a three-mile obstacle course complete with 18 muddy obstacles and a final sudsy obstacle. The course includes mud pits, rope climbs, webbing in trees, climbing walls, snake tubes, hay bales, stairs with a slide, hanging tires, a cargo netting climb, a balance beam, fire pits and a final slippery soap pit to clean muddy racers.
Monkelis said the race is intended to be fun for all ages but that doesn't mean it won't challenge the most seasoned mud racers.
"It's a family oriented event," Monkelis said. "It will be a challenge, and it will have 12-15, maybe 18 obstacles at the most. Once you get dirty, you're dirty. If you can't get past the obstacle by your second or third attempt, we'll encourage (racers) to go around. It's not like you have to complete all the obstacles."
Following a theme of fun family atmosphere, Monkelis said racers participating in Muds to Suds are encouraged to dress up in some type of costume.
"In a lot of races costumes are discouraged," Monkelis said. "Well, in this one we are encouraging costumes. It's family fun oriented, and we'll have racers from 8 years old to racers in their 70s. We want to make this fun, and costumes are a way of doing that."
The first 50 people to register online at MudstoSuds.com will receive a 50 percent discount on registration. Divisions include kids (age 8-14), students (15-20), adults (21-49) and fossils (50+). Discount included, prices are $15 for adults and fossils, $10 for students and $5 for kids. After the first 50 racer registrations are reached, prices go back to normal.
Registration includes a T-shirt, a free beer or beverage and a snack. At the finish line there will be several local food vendors, live music, Boundary Bay Brewery beer garden, a fire truck hose to clean racers and a bonfire to warm up racers.
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