Valley farms offer fun in the mud
SNOHOMISH - Farms in the Snohomish Valley are not only busy this summer with traditional farm work but also are offering a way for people to stay fit.
At least three farms near Snohomish are hosting mud runs this summer.
“Mud runs have been fairly popular in our area, and we’re looking at some events that will stay annually and consistent for the town of Snohomish as well as attract people to the area to see what Snohomish is all about,” Jake Thomas told the Tribune.
Thomas is the 22-year-old son of Marv and Debbie Thomas, co-owners of the Thomas Family Farm. He has been working on the farm since he was 11. This is the first year his family farm has put on a mud run, and they’re going all out with two different organized runs to compete with a few other farms in the area.
The Thomas Family Farm will host two mud runs in late July. On July 20 starting at 8 a.m., kids 5 to 14 can participate in the 1K Mild but Wild Lil’ Mudders Mud Run. For $30, kids can run the muddy course and have access to Kid Land, which includes gem mining, a tire climb area, a “cow train” and duck races. For an additional fee, kids can try out the zip line or play on the 36-foot water slide.
For bigger “mudders,” there will be a Farm Fit Mud Run on July 27, which includes a 5K and a 10K race course.
“It’s pretty elite, there are a lot of different obstacles,” Thomas said. “It’s going to test your physical abilities for sure.”
The course will feature a Glacier Peak Sand Hill, presenting an 80-foot-tall sandy obstacle for the runners, and a three-foot-deep, quarter-mile long mud pit for runners to wallow through as well.
Both races will feature a beer garden and food court. The adult race will feature a live band playing during the entire race from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and runners will receive a free T-shirt and a free beer or soda. The Thomases also will award medals to the top two athletes.
The Farm Fit run is $60 for early registration through July 12 and $65 until July 19.
Eager to participate? Go to www.thomasfamilyfarm.com to sign up online.
The idea for hosting a mud run at the Bartelheimer Farm came from Kurt Bartelheimer while he was sitting at the farm one day talking with a friend.
“We were talking about how we wanted to go and do one of these mud runs that have been popping up and then we looked out and thought we could just make our own if we wanted to,” Bartelheimer said.
Bartelheimer decided he wanted the proceeds from the run to go to charity. He chose a charity that benefits the military, police and fire. He named the run the Heroes Mud Run.
The Heroes Mud Run is a 5K, 22-obstacle, extremely muddy course.
His family spent the last year perfecting how to make the mud faster and keep it muddy longer, he said.
“There’s tons of mud,” Bartelheimer said.
Some of his favorite obstacles include the mud slide, the climbing wall, the muddy teeter-totter, and the cargo net.
They decided to design the run so that anyone could complete it.
Registration starts at $49 and gets more expensive about every two weeks until the event in September. Included in the cost is a finisher’s medal, a T-shirt and a cob of roasted corn.
The kids run, called the Little Heroes, is more like a mud pit where kids can play until they’re spent.
“If you’re old enough to walk, you can play in the mud,” Bartelheminer said.
The Little Heroes Run is a couple hundred yards long and has several clay and mud obstacles.
“They can run it once or a hundred times until they’re worn out,” Bartelheimer said.
The kids run is $14 and includes a T-shirt.
To register visit www.HeroesMudRun.com
Craven Farm also is hosting a mud run with Mud-a-Palooza on Saturday, July 13, an inaugural mud run that they hope to continue every summer.
The Craven’s mud run is different from the others, they claim, because it’s “the mud run for everyone.”
There will be both a one-mile and a more rigorous three-mile course, and organizers encourage less-physically inclined participants to walk around the obstacles so they can still have fun in the mud.
Mud-a-Palooza also will host live music, a beer garden, food trucks, vendors and entertainment.
Register at www.themudapalooza.com. Registration prices range from $27 to $50.
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