- What should I wear for the race?
Pig-related costumes are encouraged but any crazy get-up will work. In fact, we will be giving a prize to the best-dressed team, so think of the goofiest running attire you can find and maybe you’ll be the winning team! Keep in mind that you are definitely going to get wet and muddy. You can wear your fancy hi-tech running gear but we’re gonna’ laugh at you. This race is all about fun!
- What shoes should I wear?
You’re going to run a 5k, so comfortable running shoes are the way to go. The terrain is rough, so your shoes should have good tread (no spikes, football shoes, etc. – this is the Pig Trail Mud Run not the Pig Trail football or golf game.) Washable shoes would be a good idea – remember the mud! You may want to duct tape your shoes to your hooves – er feet – so they don’t come off in the muck!
- Should I wear gloves?
Get a grip! Of course gloves might help you climb ropes, navigate rough terrain, climb walls, etc. If nothing else, a good set of gloves might keep some of the mud out of your fingernails. . . er, I mean piggy hooves and hog knuckles.
- What will I get with my entry fee?
First you get a chance to run in a fun and challenging obstacle course race in the gorgeous Ozarks of Northwest Arkansas. Every competitor will receive a medal for participating and special awards will be given to the largest team and the best-dressed team. Remember pig-related costumes get bonus points! Each competitor will receive a Pig Trail Mud Run t-shirt and you’ll get a couple tickets for free Pig Trail Mud Run beer at our after-party. You’ll get water at a couple points along the race course plus water at the end along with a banana and/or raisins to keep your strength up. We wouldn’t want your pig tails dragging! You can expect other surprises in your runner bags!
- I can’t swim; will I be able to complete the race?
Little known fact: while they can’t fly, PIGS CAN SWIM! You may have to piggy-paddle but serious swimming skills are not needed to finish the Pig Trail Mud Run. If you don’t want to risk it, you can go around any swimming obstacles. We have found that very few people drown in a mud puddle but life guards will be stationed at each wet obstacle.
- Can I go around obstacles I don’t think I can complete?
Well, yeah, but you’re going to hear disdainful oinking because you are such a chicken. (Okay, so maybe that should be “clucking.”) Cmon’ bring along a herd of your piggy pals and get them to help you over the high wall and up the tough hills!
- Is there a recovery party?
Is there ever an recovery party!!!! We’re gonna’ party ’til the pigs come home, or at least all afternoon. Beat Bachs will be playing and keeping your pig’s feet doing a jig (that’s what pigs call “dancing”). Or you can just sit around and pig-out on some great food and drink a beer or two. You’ll even score a couple free brewskies with your entry if you’re of legal drinking age. Additional beers and food will be available for a free-will donation. We hope you’ll be generous since this money goes to the many projects the Springdale Rotary Club undertakes for our community. Be sure your spectators or others who come with you stick around and enjoy the fun.
- Is there a charge for parking at the race?
Preferred parking is $10 per car for the day. Regular parking is $5. Limited preferred parking is close to Marchant Arena where the race will begin and end. Regular parking is a bit of a walk to the arena. Parking passes may be purchased at time of registration, during packet pickup, or the day of the race.
- Where should we stay when we come in from out of town?
There are a number of area hotels for lodging. Or, if you have a camper, tent, or RV, there are a limited number of hookups and tent camping space out near the race site with toilets nearby and limited access to showers. The camping area is on the Ecclesia College campus. Contact the college directly at (479) 248-7236 to sign up for a camping spot. (Note: The campus is alcohol-free. Join us at the off-campus after-party if you want to celebrate!)
- What do I need to bring to registration?
You need to bring an ID with you, along with a signed copy of the Pig Trail Mud Run waiver. Download the waiver below, or you can pick one up at registration on Friday or on race day.
Under 18 Waiver
- Can children participate in the Pig Trail Mud Run?
Children aged 5 – 10 are invited to join the other piglets in the Piglet Corral for some muddy fun under the supervision of our volunteers. Cost to participate is $5 per child payable at the Piglet Corral on race day. Click here for more information.
- I’m a member of the media and I’d like to cover the race. Who should I talk to?
If you want to report on the Pig Trail Mud Run, we would love to have you attend the event. Contact Heath Ward at 479-871-4928 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for the necessary press credentials or to arrange an interview. Photography intended for resale must be approved by race management before the event.
- Will I be able to clean off some of the mud after the race?
We wouldn’t want you to wallow in the mud and not have a way to clean up a little before you go to the after-party. You’ll be able to hose off to remove at least some of the evidence of your fun in the mud. There will also be tents available for changing out of your race duds.
- Can I get a refund?
If you thought you were hog enough to compete but now realize you just don’t have the chops, you’ve got two options: 1) you can transfer your registration to another runner by contacting email@example.com or 2) we will thank you sincerely for your donation to the Springdale Rotary Trust Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and let you go wee, wee, wee all the way home.
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