Mucked Up run to benefit Mesa cross-country team back for second year of fun

Participants in last year’s Mucked Up Desert Challenge splash through the mud, the first of many obstacles on the course. The race returns this year, with Aug. 24 the early registration deadline to enter for the Sept. 7 event.

Mud runs through an obstacle course are becoming popular challenges for people of all ages and athletic abilities.

Some participants dress up in costume.

Colorado Mesa University’s cross-country and track teams are hosting the 2013 Mucked Up Desert Challenge 5K mud run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 7 north of the Grand Junction Regional Airport off 27¼ Road.

It is the second year of the event and CMU cross-country coach Gig Leadbetter promises this year’s is better.

The 2013 Mucked Up Desert Challenge is one lap longer, making it a full 5-kilometer run (3.1 miles) and is more spectator friendly, Leadbetter said.

The course will include more obstacles: a Tarzan swing across a pit; a muddy slope slide; ropes to climb; an A-frame wall; tubes to crawl through and a spider web.

The event is sponsored by Palisade Brewery, Sorter Construction Inc., Gene Taylor’s Sporting Goods and Coloramo Federal Credit Union.

Participants can register online at  or at

The race is open to people of all ages. Children are advised to participate with their parents.

Registration is $40 for adults and $25 for students with a valid ID and due by Aug. 24. Registration is open the day of the event at the course, but is $50 for adults and $35 for students.

All participates get a free T-shirt. Eligible contestants receive one free beer from Palisade Brewing Company.

Proceeds benefit the Colorado Mesa University cross-country and track teams scholarship fund, the Grand Junction Fire Department and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

There were 275 participants last year. Leadbetter is hoping to have more than 600 this year.


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