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In 2009, Jeff Eckart got a muddy idea: create a world-class, extreme 5K mud run to raise money for a worthy cause.  On August 28, 2010 the first Grand Rapids Mud Run was born right here in GR!  Participation  is expected to reach 3,000+ participants and spectators in 2017.  It attracts mud-lovers from all over, and includes mud pits, a 60 foot mud slide, tunnel crawls, walls, slippery hill climbs, and much more.

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What's So Special
About Our Mud?

We Have Something For Everyone!
  • Win In The Mud - All adult heats are timed so be as competitive as you want
  • Fun In The Mud - Come out and compete as a team
  • Stand Out In The Mud - Costume options are endless and encouraged
  • Kids Love Mud - Cheer for your mini-mudder as they conquer the mud
The Grand Rapids Mud Run improves with age adding new & unique challenges every year. WHO BENEFITS? The Grand Rapids Mud Run was born as a fundraising effort to benefit  Never The Same a national youth ministry organization.   Never The Same is a peer-to-peer youth ministry that focuses on promoting leadership in young people around the country through camps and on school campuses. We also give back to local charities.

Indianapolis

WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT OUR MUD? Eat Dirt Indy, one of the funnest 5K’s in Indianapolis challenges participants to get muddy and have the time of their life. The obstacle-course event will bring an estimated 5,000 mud crazed, adventure runners testing their endurance and strength. Participants can run as an individual or make a team with friends to take on obstacle filled, mud pitted 5K. There is also a Kids Mini Mud Run for kids’ ages 6 to 12. Eat Dirt Indy, a fundraiser for Shunem Ministries, provides runners with a unique experience. The run promotes fitness by challenging participants to face their fears and realize their true strength. The muddy, obstacle-filled, mud pitted race is unlike others in Indianapolis. The unique obstacles, kids mud run and more, make this a family friendly event. WHO BENEFITS? Proceeds go to Shunem House here in Indy. Shunem provides care and retreat through training & counseling for families on temporary furlow in the US that live abroad and serve throughout the world to people in need. Never the Same, a peer-to-peer youth ministry that focuses on promoting leadership in young people around the country through camps and on campuses (neverthesame.org), will also receive a percentage.

Chicago

WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT OUR MUD? We Have Something For Everyone!
  • Win In The Mud - All heats are timed so be as competitive as you want
  • Fun In The Mud - Come out and compete as a group
  • Stand Out In The Mud - Costume options are endless and encouraged
  • Kids Love Mud - Cheer for your mini-mudder as they conquer the mud
Eat Dirt Mud Run improves with age adding new & unique challenges every year.   WHO BENEFITS? In 2013 Eat Dirt Mud Run expanded to the Chicago area and partnered with Willow Creek Community Church.  A percentage of this fundraising effort will go to support Willow Creek Care Center where more than 2,000 volunteers, along with local businesses, have the privilege of providing goods and services to 17,000+ families who find themselves in need.

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