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Small Race Preview: 2017 Mud Madness (Salem)

Do you love obstacle races? Have you tried Mud Madness yet? If not, you’ll have an opportunity to do so on August 26th at Fordyce Farm in East Salem.

There are a handful of options available to you on race day. The Pro 5k is the first race of the day and it’s a competitive timed event in which people will be released in waves of up to 20 based on their ability level. This is an honor based system, so please be truthful. If you are doing this race with friends and you want to be in the same group, simply inform the course director on the day of the event. The next event is the Fun Run Main #1, followed by the Fun Run Wave #2. These Fun Runs are 1.7k obstacle course race options and a timer is available at the start line for your own self timing. Participants will be released in waves of up to 15 people. Last but not least is the Challenger Run in which everyone gets released onto the course at once and there will be extra water at various challenges to make everything even muddier than it already was from the other races. Kids under 14 years who complete this course will receive a commemorative medal.  All courses are kid-friendly.

If you choose to take on this adventure, you’ll start behind the farm store and will encounter your first set of obstacles after a short run. You’ll also get 500 ft of mud, mud, and more mud. After a cold well water rinse, you’ll get some more obstacles before a run to the water slide and yet still more obstacles.

If you’re curious about the sort of obstacles you will encounter, there is a lot of fun in store for you on this journey. There’s a 100 ft water slide, a tire climb, monkey bars, wall climbing, tire flipping, balance beams, a maze, and more. There will also be A LOT of mud and it’s advised to make sure your shoes are on securely so they don’t get stuck somewhere in the muck.

After the race, enjoy some music, one free beverage courtesy of Santiam Brewing and Fordyce Farm, and lots of fun.

Registering as a team will save you some cash, and registration is limited, so dig out those clothes you don’t care about getting dirty and sign up for this super fun super filthy event.


What: Mud Madness

When: August 26th, 2017. Obstacle Course Pro 5k 9:00AM, Fun Run Main #1 10:30AM, Wave #2 11:30AM, Challenger Run 12:30PM

Where: Fordyce Farm, 7023 Sunnyview Rd NE, Salem

Register: Here.

Registration Cost: Obstacle Course Pro 5k $35, Fun Run $25, Challenger Run $35. Prices increase $10 after August 20th at 12:00PM PST

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About Nikki Mueller (93 Articles)
I'm a mother of two boys who is a certified group exercise instructor for Baby Bootcamp in SW Portland. I have two young boys and am actively involved in their co-operative preschool. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.

1 Comment on Small Race Preview: 2017 Mud Madness (Salem)

  1. that sounds like fun! I haven’t heard of a maze obstacle before.

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