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PV's Wild West Mud Fest ends; resources may go to Chino
Chino Mudder moves to late August

The sponsor of Prescott Valley's Wild West Mud Fest, the Boys and Girls Club of Central Arizona, says it won't stage the event next year and they are offering their resources to the Chino Valley Mudder.
Photo by Matt Hinshaw.

The sponsor of Prescott Valley's Wild West Mud Fest, the Boys and Girls Club of Central Arizona, says it won't stage the event next year and they are offering their resources to the Chino Valley Mudder.

For the past three years, the Boys and Girls Club of Central Arizona has sponsored the Wild West Mud Fest in Prescott Valley.

No more, the group’s executive director said.

“We run a small staff, we try to keep our expenses and salaries low, and we have the large Brewfest, and what we found we can only do it in a certain time with that event and the Wild West Mud Fest, and we just don’t have the resources to do both,” Gerald Szostak, the executive director, said.

Szostak offered to give the resources of the Wild West Mud Fest to Chino Valley to use however they wish. Those resources include their website and Facebook page, which has 1,800 people who have liked the page.

Chino Valley staged its first Mudder last May and has plans to continue it in 2017, though it will likely move to August,” said Katie Cornelius, the town’s recreation coordinator.

Last year the town debuted its Extreme Weekend, which featured three endurance events: The Chino Grinder, a bicycle race that was called off because of weather and a muddy course; the Mudder; and the All-Day 5K, which asked runners to race a 5K every hour for 10 straight hours.

Cornelius said the Grinder will be back next year on the traditional Mother’s Day weekend and will be a standalone event. The All-Day 5K, however, will not return because that is also the weekend of the Whiskey Row Marathon.

The Mudder is being moved to late August in the hopes of better weather and bigger crowds.

Cornelius said they would like to add more mud events, include a giant mud pit for small children to play in and a smaller course for older children. She said they are looking to model it after Scottsdale’s Mighty Mud Mania event, which has been around 41 years and had five mud courses at this year’s event.

“They have something for 1-to-3s [year olds], 4-to-6s, and 7-to-12s,” Cornelius said. “They do large pits just full of mud, put a couple of mounds just so kids can slide down them and play in the mud.”

Cornelius said she would like to see the giant mud pit be part of the next Mudder.

“More mud this year,” she said. “A lot more mud.”

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