Runners get ready to hit the mud

It’s another chance to get down and dirty – at the Mud Run, the Pirates Week fundraiser, starting at 7 a.m. Saturday.

Last year, in its inaugural staging, more than 300 entrants had to run, climb, jump and crawl to finish the 5K course at the end of Sparky Drive. There will be tons of mud again for the competitive and fun-seeking entrants alike, and with giveaways valued at $3,000, nice prizes will be a fitting consolation for getting covered in dirt.

Melanie McField, executive director of the Pirates Week Festival, expects a far bigger number this year after all the positive feedback from last time.

She said there are some new obstacles this year, including a slide called “slip and slide,” as well as a fire pit and another obstacle called “body freeze.”

“I think these are a few of the obstacles people are looking forward to this year,” McField said. “I won’t give away too much, but let’s say we’ll be going in an opposite direction this year.”

McField said participants were so excited about last year’s event and wanted to know when the next event would be.

They were hoping to include the Mud Run during the Pirates Festival at the end of the year but decided to tease them by keeping it as an annual fundraiser. Participants really enjoyed the challenge and variety of obstacles, McField added. “This event for many was something very different and not like any other athletic event offered on island.”

Even tourists enjoyed the fun last time, and hopefully entrants will come from overseas eventually. “We’re not aware of overseas entrants for this year. However, I’m sure there will be guests from the various hotels and condos entering this year as they did last year,” McField said. “A big thank you to our major sponsors and supporters.”

She added that more volunteers are needed on race day for the registration table, as well as volunteers qualified in first aid and CPR, and at water stations and the obstacles, plus lifeguards and photographers.

“Our aim is to get at least 75 volunteers,” McField said. “In return you get a free T-shirt, food and beverages, a chance to win an airline ticket on Cayman Airways and the opportunity to give back to Pirates Week.

“In addition, you will be invited to attend our annual appreciation reception in January.”

To register, visit, or for more details email: [email protected].


Claire Hughes got into the event’s spirit.


Some costumes went tutu far.


Even pirates had to walk the plank.


The kids enjoyed the Mud Run the most. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD


Some of the obstacles are really challenging.