Still Time to Register for Saturday’s Mudslide

By Alicia Dziak

It’s time for loads of muddy fun at the annual Mudslide obstacle run at Holiday Valley, happening this Saturday, June 20! Choose from the 3.5 mile or 5.4 mile courses, and get ready to have a blast!

The race begins at the Spruce chairlift. Then it’s up to you to find your way over, under and through 11 wet and wild obstacles. The course will be a combination of old favorites and some brand new muddy challenges.

“We put climb-over tubes at the top of Tannenbaum that will have a water spray,” said Jane Eshbaugh, Holiday Valley’s marketing director. “We are adding ‘mud moguls’ at the bottom of Explorer, a balance beam at Holiday Run/Northwind and spider webs at the base of Yodeler that will be used in the kids’ race.”

All races end at the famous mudslide down the base of Yodeler, where there’s no escaping the muddy mess that awaits you. From there, head to the finish line where you’ll be awarded your medal and can rinse off using the snow guns.

Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded to the most creative.—sp why not slide into a mud pit wearing an old bridesmaid’s dress or some Lederhosen?

Your reward for completing the course is a fabulous post-race party by Yodeler Lodge.

Eshbaugh explained that every competitor will get a hot dog and two beers or other beverages, and DJ John Barry will be providing the tunes and race commentating. Guests can also wander the vendor village with appearances by some of EVL’s favorite people selling their cool wares and promoting recreational opportunities like the Ellicottville-Great Valley Trail and events like October’s EVL Half Marathon. This is also a great chance to people watch, throw a Frisbee and just hang out with friends.

Following the regular races, at about 1:30 p.m., the annual Kids’ Mini-Mudslide race begins. This half- mile long course includes two obstacles and the mudslide. Kids even get a cool finisher’s medal to proudly wear around their necks afterwards. Register your child on race day under the Yodeler Deck for just $5.

Haven’t signed up yet? No worries. You can sign up last minute on Friday evening at the Overlook Terrace and stay for the family-friendly Summer Kickoff Party, where pre-registered participants can pick up their race packets, as well.  (Note that online registration has closed, but you can still download the form and drop it off, or pick one up on Friday.)

Race packet pickup is from 5-8 p.m. and the party is from 6-9 p.m., where guests can enjoy a chicken and ribs barbecue, live music by The Bleeding Hearts, poolside games, and fun in the pool. If you plan on swimming, the night pool rate of $7 per person applies.

The Mudslide is the very definition of a fun way to work out! Get in your run, navigate the obstacles and laugh your muddy butt off as you slip and slide your way to the finish line!

For more information, visit www.holidayvalley.com