The Battlegrounds, St. Louis’ largest permanent mud run obstacle course, will hold its 11th bi-annual – and final – race on Sat., May 19 beginning at 8 a.m. Runners can enlist for either a 5k or five-mile mud run where they will experience the demands of more than 30 military-themed obstacles for those who want to test their physical and mental abilities.
The Battlegrounds – which entered a five-year commitment with premier adventure challenge series Tough Mudder – will serve as the exclusive Missouri venue for Missouri Tough Mudder. Its first event will take place Sat., Aug. 11 and Sun., Aug. 12 in 2018.
The Battlegrounds features plenty of freebies including free spectator admission so guests can watch their loved ones from many course vantage points. Free parking, free gear check and a free kids’ mud zone area for children 12 and under are available, as well as the unusual amenity of on-site showers for mud run participants. Post-event activities include individual and group award presentations, a festival area with food and drinks, and walkable access to the adjacent Cedar Lake Cellars winery.
The run’s obstacles, which vary each year to ensure new challenges, include the signature Torpedo Launcher, a 100-foot water slide that empties into a 12-foot deep water pit. Other highlights include The Gauntlet, which is six lanes of varying difficulties situated over an eight-foot deep water pit. The Battlegrounds incorporates all types of terrains including creeks, woods, fields and valleys that add to the intense level of competition.
Proceeds and a canned food drive held at the mud run will benefit Operation Food Search (OFS), a hunger relief organization that provides food and nutrition education. Founded in 1981, OFS helps feed more than 200,000 individuals on a monthly basis – one-third of which are children – through a network of 330 community partners in 31 Missouri and Illinois counties, as well as in the city of St. Louis.
The Battlegrounds will host an exclusive wave designated for elite runners to race others with similar abilities. The 8 a.m. wave is limited to the first 250 runners who can maintain an 8 minute 30-second mile pace. Awards are presented to the top three individuals for their gender in the 18 to 30, 31 to 41, and 41 and older age groups.
All participants must be 18 years of age or older. Ticket prices range from $90 to $140 for premium morning time slots and $70 to $140 for general afternoon admission that does not include race timing. For more information, visit http://www.thebattlegrounds.com or call (314) 569-3005 ext. 114.