mud pit

A recently constructed mud pit, located near the Hot Springs Public Library by Butler Park, now awaits the upcoming inaugural Dakota Mud Run, which will take place July 7.

Brett Nachtigall/Hot Springs Star

HOT SPRINGS – The much anticipated debut of the first-ever Dakota Mud Run on July 7 is less than two weeks away.

According to event creator and organizer Kim Moir of Hot Springs, “This is not a race; this is a day of fun in the mud and sun for the whole family.”

Start time is 9 a.m. from the Mueller Civic Center and all must cross the finish line in Centennial Park by 3 p.m.

The Dakota Mud Run features a two-mile course, with many of the more interesting events in Butler Park, including a kids course, human-powered go-karts, tac ball arena, jousting pit, bungee run, king of the hill, an obstacle course as well as a 50x100 ft. mud pit.

Pre-registration is being held on Friday July 6, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mueller Civic Center as well as the morning of the event, beginning at 6:30 a.m. but with a strict cutoff of 8:30 a.m., so that everyone can get lined up at the start line.

Moir said if registering after July 5, the registration fee will be $35 per person instead of the “Early Bird” fee of $30. Exact change is preferred at registration. Children 13 and under are free, with proceeds benefiting the local Boys and Girls Club of Hot Springs.

Teams and costumes are encouraged, but Moir said teams need to “keep it clean as this is a family fit and healthy event.”

“We recommend no heels, spikes jewelry. There’s no limit to team size. This is a great way for businesses to promote themselves, by signing up and participating in the event and they could hand out coupons, flyers, etc to spectators to promote themselves,” Moir said while giving an example of how a dentist’s office could dress up like tooth fairies and hand out toothbrushes.

“Its all about having fun, doing something healthy with family and friends and promoting our local community while raising funds for a local organization.”

Vendors will also be available, including the City of Hot Springs Concessions offering hot dogs, chips, granola bars, fruit and drinks. The Vault will also have smoked pulled pork, homemade beans, coleslaw, and drinks. Woolly’s Western Grill will be offering, chicken/salmon wraps and salads and drinks.

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Door prizes and awards will start at 4 p.m. at the American Legion Post 71, directly across the finish line. The Band Wicked Whiskey will begin at 5 p.m. at the American Legion.

For those who are volunteering, there will be a volunteer meeting on Monday, July 2 at the Mueller Civic Center, beginning promptly at 5:45 p.m. in the conference room.

For more information, contact Kim Moir, Event Coordinator, at 605-890-3333.

Also on July 7, for those that would like to take in some local history after the Dakota Mud Run, the Friends of Wind Cave National Park will be hosting a Western Chuck Wagon Dinner between 5-8 p.m., along with cowboy music and a Teddy Roosevelt reenactor.

For more information on this even, call Brad Exton 605-745-5015 or e-mail at bexton@goldenwest.net.

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