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Get dirty at Wild West Mud Fest

The second wave or runners slog it through the first water obstacle during the Wild West Mud Run in Prescott Valley Saturday afternoon.

The second wave or runners slog it through the first water obstacle during the Wild West Mud Run in Prescott Valley Saturday afternoon.

Get down and dirty with the Boys & Girls Club of Central Arizona on Saturday, Sept. 19, for the Wild West Mud Fest, now in its second year. Meant to build camaraderie between participants and the community to benefit the organization, the Mud Fest is one of the first obstacle mud runs to include an urban downtown setting. It begins at noon at the Prescott Valley Event Center, 3201 N. Main St.

Kristen Kerns, development coordinator for the Boys & Girls Club of Central Arizona, said the Mud Fest began last year when the opportunity to have one presented itself. There hadn't previously been a mud obstacle course in Prescott or Prescott Valley, she said.

Following last year's Wild West Mud Fest, there was a lot of feedback, Kerns said, noting that the community loved the event.

"They wanted more mud," she said. "This year, they will come out of this event caked in mud."

Obstacles in the Mud Fest include mud pits, a small series of walls, monkey bars, mud slides, a 10-foot incline with ropes, tires and a pit with tunnels, Kerns said.

the Mud Fest is fun for the whole family and anyone can come out and participate, Kerns said. Registration is $20 for children 12 and under, $45 for individuals, $120 for groups of at least four and $50 for elite athletes. Registration is at www.wildwestmudfest.com/register and is also available on the day of the event.

Only those signing up as elite athletes are timed as the first wave, Kerns said, noting that they are people who do mud runs all the time. Everybody else, she said, is part of the second wave and participating simply to have a good time. But that doesn't mean they won't push themselves.

"They'll push themselves to see what they can do," she said, adding they will "have fun while they do it."

For more information, call Kerns at 928-776-8686.

Follow reporter Jason Wheeler on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.

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