Running 6 miles in the mud and facing more than 25 obstacles?
People actually do this and about 600 already are signed up for the first ever Rogue Runner Georgia event in LaGrange.
Registration is open for individuals and teams to take part in the Race Nov. 3 at Pyne Road Park.
“Trek through newly cut paths in the pine forests, plunge into icy water, slosh through countless muddy streams, traverse the rocks of the lake shore and cross numerous water obstacles,” literature promoting the course promises.
The event was founded by Andy Liverman, an athlete who designed the race to be similar to – and better than – the “Tough Mudder” mud races held throughout the country. Liverman is putting on races in Washington, D.C. and LaGrange this year. Up to 3,000 racers are expected here.
“It’s like a steeplechase for humans,” said Laura Jennings, tourism director for the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce.
LaGrange first got hooked up with Liverman through the Georgia Sports Council, a coalition of cities trying to recruit more sporting events to their areas.
“We have plenty of softball and baseball and swimming, but we wanted to look at other events that would give us more visitors year-round,” Jennings said.
LaGrange was picked for the mud race because of its enthusiasm for the event and the fact the city is so accommodating, Jennings said. Hopefully it will become an annual event.
There is a party for racers at Pyne Road Park at the conclusion of the event.
Proceeds from the event will benefit construction of a cancer clinic at West Georgia Health and a national charity, Back on My Feet, which encourages homeless people to take up running as a hobby.
Registration is $75 until Oct. 21 and $85 from Oct. 22 to Nov. 1 and team discounts are available.
Registration information is available at roguernr.com or at the Rogue Runner facebook page.