2014 MUDSLIDE COVERBy Alicia Dziak

Mudslide weekend is here and it promises to be a rip-roaring, messy good time!

The third annual Holiday Valley Mudslide is an obstacle run, where runners can choose from two distances — 3.5 miles or 5.4 miles — with 11 obstacles interspersed.

The course starts by Spruce Lake, and don’t fret— you get a ride up on the chair lift so as to not exhaust your running muscles before you even start! Once at the top, runners navigate the ridgeline and then head back downhill, ending by Yodeler Lodge with the famous mudslide.

Sound like fun but forgot to register? No problem! Stop by Yodeler Lodge on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. for last-chance registration for $80. You’ll still get a T-shirt while supplies last.

This time is also the Friday night packet pickup, also known as Mudstock, where eager mud runners can head to Yodeler to prep for the race by enjoying live music and a drink or two with friends, old and new.

Kids can take part in Saturday’s fun, too! A special Kids’ Mini Mudslide will take place after the Mudslide, and includes a half-mile run with two obstacles and a mudslide at the end. Registration for the kids’ race is $5 on Saturday only at Yodeler Lodge.

If you can’t get to Holiday Valley until race day, Saturday packet pickup is 8 to 11 a.m. at Yodeler. You’ll be joined by hundreds of other racers, so be sure to get there early and allow at least an hour before your start time to get to the start of the course.

“I’ve run in other mud runs before, but this will be my first time at the Mudslide,” said Jamey Woodruff, 31, of Springville. “I’m looking forward to seeing what the course is like at Holiday Valley!”

“I can’t wait to see the obstacles in the kids’ race!” added Jamey’s daughter, Autumn, 10, who will also be participating for the first time this year.

Sound like fun but not much of a runner? You can still get in on the action by watching it from the sidelines. Spectators can ride up the Spruce chairlift for $5, or watch from the bottom at Yodeler and see muddy competitors slide on by. Checking out the Vendor Village is also sure to pass the time and will include The City Garage, Do-Op Gear, Power Bar and more.

After the race, the fun continues. The post-race party is a family-friendly event with a barbecue and music by DJ John Barry, and everyone is invited to bring Frisbees, hula hoops of other items to add to the fun.

Don’t miss out on this super muddy, super silly, super fun way to bond with friends and get a bit of a workout in the process. And wear a costume to make it even more fun! (There are even prizes for the most creative.)

For more information, visit www.holidayvalley.com.