Fun in the mud will come sooner than expected for this year.
The seventh annual Colorado Mud Run Big Dog Brag takes place at 8:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday at Colorado State University-Pueblo, just east of the ThunderBowl.
Action will start with the 5k for competitors 12 and older. That will be followed by the 2k for competitors 5 and older.
The event was moved up by nearly a month from last year after Misty Banta, co-director of the event, wanted to avoid the heat.
“The race is three weeks earlier in June because last year the temperatures at the end of June were 103,” Banta said. “And we had those terrible fires, so we thought we would flip flop it with our (Colorado Springs) race.”
Banta said they will once again donate a portion of their proceeds to mental health.
“We are supporting, for the third year in a row, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI),” Banta said. “Funds (will be) focused on the suicide prevention program for teens.”
The event also takes place in Colorado Springs, but Banta said the reception they have received from Pueblo is “something special.”
“They have supported this local venture from the start and that doesn't happen just anywhere,” Banta said. “Big Dog Brag is truly an event that is built by the community. For instance, the Pueblo Board of Water Works helps us access water in the middle of nowhere each year.
“The Pueblo Sherriff’s department helps fill the 15 mud pits and has a great presence on race day....the sheriff's cadets (teenagers in a type of internship program) help us with parking.”
Discounts will be offered in attempt to fill have the event filled by Saturday The 5k will cost $39 and 2k will cost $25 for kids 5-11.
At time of registration, enter the code FRIENDS to earn the reduced rate. For any other questions contact Banta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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