Muds to Suds good, if not clean, family fun

Photo courtesy of Whatcom Events

Photo courtesy of Whatcom Events

By Katelyn Doggett

If you’re looking for an excuse to run around and get muddy, now is your chance. The Muds to Suds race returns for its fourth year in Ferndale’s Hovander Homestead Park on Saturday, August 29.

Participants will go through a series of 27 muddy obstacles, wading through mud pits, walking over balance beams, climbing over mud walls, navigating a dirty ice pit, crawling through tunnels made of mud, maneuvering through rope webs and other messy obstacles before ending in a pit of suds.

According to organizers, there are only three goals for the race: finish the course, get muddy and have fun.

Registration includes a Muds to Suds T-shirt, choice of root beer float or beer, bratwurst on a bun and a free five-minute massage by Massage Envy to soothe aching muscles after the race.

Racers can choose to participate individually or as a team; no one is too old or out of shape to participate. Costumes are encouraged, and there will be prizes for the most creative ideas. Hay bale rides to the obstacles will be available so spectators can cheer on friends and family.

Races start at 9 a.m. on Saturday with groups of 200 people leaving every 15 minutes until 4:45 p.m.

Prices to race are $25 for kids ages 8–14, $35 for students ages 15–20 and $49 for ages 21 and over. Day of race registration is available for an additional $10. Parking is $2 and will benefit a local nonprofit.

Hovander Homestead Park is located at 5299 Nielson Avenue in Ferndale. For questions, to view a complete list of the obstacles or to register visit

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