Registration for "Little Rock's Dirtiest 5K," officially known as the "Mud Run," opened Tuesday, the city announced in a news release.
A project of Little Rock Parks and Recreation Department, the Mud Run at Two Rivers Park enters its 11th year as the competition that's more about the mess and dress than the actual race.
“We started the Mud Run to introduce people to the sport of running to people who would have never considered it before,” race organizer Geneva Hampton said in the release. “The point is not to finish fast, but finish with style.”
The run is held annually around Halloween — this year, it's scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 26 — which gives participants an additional chance to wear wacky costumes while having a good time with friends and family.
“About 90% of our participants dress in some sort of costume," Hampton said. "We have had everything from Oompa Loompas to three men in a tub. It gets very elaborate and very competitive.”
In addition to three overall race winners, the release states, participants may also be awarded in categories such as best costume, cleanest, dirtiest and best mud pit performance.
Online registration for the event is open through Oct. 23 and costs $25. Late registration and packet pick-up begins Oct. 25 from 10:03 a.m. to 4:58 p.m. at Jim Dailey Fitness and Aquatic Center, 300 S. Monroe St., and on race day at Two Rivers Park from 7:28 a.m. to 8:47 a.m. Late registration costs $35, according to the release.
The Mud Run is sponsored KSSN 96FM, Sync, the Hatcher Agency, MEMS, and Windstream Communications. More information can be found online at www.mudrun.org or by calling (501) 371-4639.