Making mud run fun

Organisers try out The Hits Mud Mania course at Waimahaka in the lead-up to the Plunket fundraiser this month. Photo: Supplied

MUD, glorious mud.

The inaugural The Hits Mud Mania will take participants through a course of mud crawls, mud climbs and obstacles.

Event co-organiser Dee McKenzie said the 5km course at Waimahaka had been designed for teams to take part in.

“There are 12 obstacles, with running in-between… it has been planned so team members help each other through the obstacles, including tyre carrying, and they also run together.

“It’s about having fun together.”

A 1km event which had been organised for children had already proved extremely popular, she said.

And if the ground turned out to be too dry, the local fire brigade and Robinson Excavating were on standby to ensure there would be plenty of mud.

“If it’s dry weather, we will make mud…”

The fundraiser for Tokanui Waimahaka Plunket was the brainchild of committee members Darlene McCabe and Kristie and Logan Simpson, with initial guidance from Matt Sillers, of Sport Southland, Mrs McKenzie said.

A volunteer-run event, organisers were aiming to have more than 100 teams (400 people) take part.

“We have had great feedback and a lot of interest… but now is the time for people to register.

“We are super-excited, it is for a good cause, but not only that, it’s about getting out there and doing something you may not have ever done before.

“This is a chance to be on one of our wonderful farms in the Catlins… come for a mud run, then continue your day exploring deeper into the Catlins.”

To take part in the 5km team event, contestants needed to be aged 12 or over. Entry was $120 for a team of four.

The 1km Kids Event included three to four obstacles, and cost $5 per child. However, each child must be accompanied by an adult.

“They also get to crawl, climb and slide through mud.”

Lots of spot prizes had also been donated to give out on the day, Mrs McKenzie said.

To help people keep up their energy levels, there will also be a hot food caravan and coffee carts at the site, as well as hose-down facilities to clean most of the mud off.

Spectators are also welcome.

For more information, or to register, go to The Hits Mud Mania on Facebook or email

The Hits Mud Mania, Oakleigh Farm, 289 Collis Rd, Waimahaka, Saturday, November 25, 10am. Signposted from State Highway 1, Edendale, and Gorge Rd-Invercargill Highway.

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