A seven-mile course across the mountain terrain at Seven Springs Resort in Pennsylvania gives a new meaning to the holiday we celebrate the next day. It’s “Mudders Day” May 12 as the resort debuts “Mud On The Mountain.”
The course clearly offers the opportunity for participants to get “down and dirty.” You will traverse ponds, scale boulder fields, climb over obstacles, and claw your way up inclines. The finish is atop what resort officials say is the “largest snow pile found anywhere in the middle of spring.”
A “Recovery Party” is planned for Saturday evening in the resort’s Foggy Goggle, with live music by Grand Piano, Satin Gum, and 1,2,3. The bar is located on the top level of the base lodge and will be open for spectators all day.
Participants must be at least 18 years old. Heats of 300 people will take off every 20 minutes beginning at 8 a.m. with the last heat heading out at 1:40 p.m.
Registration is taken online. There will be no “day of event” registration at the resort. Some 1,700 people from across the nation have registered as of May 1, 2012. You can choose your heat time when you register. There are no prizes, just bragging rights, although each entrant will receive a wicking shirt and a medal at the finish.
Special lodging rates for attendees and spectators are available at the resort starting at $129, plus tax, per room. Call 866-437-1300 for reservations, but be sure to mention “Mud on the Mountain.” A Kids’ Camp will keep children entertained, sans mud, while parents are testing the mountain skills. Registration at 800-452-223, ext. 7781 is a must.