Almighty Mud Run to benefit Bridges of Faith ministries

Published 5:31 pm Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Registration is still open for Bridges of Faith’s annual Almighty Mud Run 5K on Saturday, Oct. 11.

Runners and walkers of all ages who are willing to endure roughly 3 miles of 25 obstacles and eight mud pits are welcome to sign up for the race, the proceeds from which will benefit Ukrainian orphans awaiting adoption in the United States.

“We designed the course for all walks of life,” Bridges of Faith Director of Operations and Development Tony Dyer said. “The last event had 1,007 participants. We’re hoping to mimic that this year.”

The run will start at 8 a.m., and heats of 200 participants will be released every 30 minutes until 10:30 a.m.

The course is set up on 140 acres of land at BridgeStone Retreat Center, located at 302 County Road 383 in Billingsley.

This year’s course is different than last year’s course, Dyer said.

“Every single race, we not only changed the direction of the course, but we retired five obstacles and built five new ones,” he said. “We made improvements on all of the crowd favorites.”

Although most obstacles will not be revealed until the day of the race, Dyer said the course would include a giant maze, polar dip, fire jump and a floating obstacle course.

The cost to participate in the race is $59 per person.

Children must be at least 12 years old to participate.

Dyer said the code “clantonad” could be entered during registration for a discounted price.

The Almighty Mud Run 5K is free for spectators to attend.

“They get front-row seats for all the action,” Dyer said. “It’s basically a fairgrounds type atmosphere. We have food vending for family-friendly prices.”

Spectators are urged to bring chairs.

No pets or coolers are allowed at the event.

Dyer said a donation box for Bridges of Faith would be available to anyone who wants to contribute to the ministry.

All race participants will receive a T-shirt, finisher’s medal and wristband.

Anyone interested in participating should register prior to Oct. 11 at

The Almighty Mud Run 5K is held in the fall and spring.

Bridges of Faith organizes orphanage Bible camps, plants churches in remote villages and brings orphans to BridgeStone from the Ukraine to teach them about American culture and the gospel.

Over the past 44 months, Bridges of Faith has brought 13 groups of Ukrainian orphans to the retreat center.

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