We’ve tried to anticipate as many questions as possible, but if you have others, please feel free to contact us!

Note: This info applies to only Mud Guts & Glory 5K and 10K events. Other events (e.g., BattleFrog Series) and our Family Course are handled differently.

 

General

Maybe you’re obsessed with adventure. Maybe you like a physical challenge or a mental challenge. Maybe you support our cause. Maybe a friend or family member is trying to rope you into this. Or maybe you simply don’t have a good reason NOT to try MGG. Whatever your motivation, we’re thrilled you may join us!

Everyone is welcome! We’ve designed MGG to challenge everyone from rookies to elite athletes.

Great question — we’d love to have you join our team! Fill out the form on this page.

We have limited spots available, so visit this page to submit your request.

Yes! We will announce prizes before the race.

Find Mud Guts & Glory on this page for the details.

When most people talk about MGG, they’re talking about the full course, which you can tackle as a 5K or 10K. Likewise, these FAQs apply to the full course. The Family Course is intended primarily for children with their parents. Check out this page for a thorough explanation.

Well, yes, but no. To compete in the main event on the full course, participants must be at least 13 years old (adult supervision suggested). However, anyone can register to participate on the Family Course. We’ve seen grandparents and motivated five-year-olds complete it. We do everything we can to make this an event the whole family will enjoy!

Absolutely! Register your children for the Family Course and make memories with them after you cross the finish line.

For safety reasons, at this point in time, we rent only the Family Course in the context of a team-building exercise facilitated by our staff. Many of the obstacles on the full course require a great deal of preparation to be ready for raceday and are unsafe without proper supervision. 

 

Registration

We use Eventbrite for each race.

Check out our pricing page for all the details or Eventbrite to see the current price.

Let’s see, endorphins and great memories. But really, here’s the list for those who take on the full course: site liability insurance, participant T-shirt (design TBD) and wristband, finisher’s medal, post-race drink (sorry, not beer), hose station to rinse off, and access to Glory Village — complete with food and drink vendors, picnic tables, music, and games. Bag drop will be available for a nominal charge.

The elite wave is intended for serious OCR competitors, though anyone can register for it. Only those running in the elite heat are eligible for individual prizes. Athletes running in a challenge wave will run exactly the same course but are ineligible for individual prizes. All heats will be timed. Participants in each wave can qualify for the OCR World Championships (details above).

Yes! Visit our pricing page for all the details.

As a gesture of our appreciation, this special rate is available to active duty military, veterans, police, fire, and EMS workers. If you select this ticket type during registration, you must bring credentials/ID to registration, or you will be charged the difference. 

You may use this discount if you are currently enrolled in classes at a college/university or if you are in middle school or high school. If you select this ticket type during registration, you must bring a valid student ID to registration, or you will be charged the difference 

To be eligible for team prizes (listed above), your team must comprise a minimum of four people. To be eligible for the prize for the fastest team, you must have at least four people complete the entire course, including all obstacles or their corresponding penalties.

Absolutely. We recommend signing up in advance to save money, but walk-up registration will remain open until approximately an hour before the last challenge wave starts.

 

Arrival

Do NOT arrive before 7 a.m. (when the first runner shuttle leaves), but plan to arrive at least 60 minutes before your start time. If you’re staying on-site, do NOT come down the hill until 7 a.m. because registration won’t be open.

All vehicles must park offsite at Fort Ancient (6123 State Route 350, Oregonia, OH 45054). We will have a fleet of buses shuttling participants and spectators every 5–10 minutes. Parking costs $10, so considering carpooling to save money.

Parking costs $10, and we accept only cash. Consider carpooling to save money on parking! Do NOT forget your ID if you’re planning to buy beer or if you used the student or military/first responder discount. Also, bring more cash for food after the race. We can’t guarantee vendors will accept cards. Definitely bring a change of clothes. And some people like to bring bug spray or their own water.

Many of the obstacles are built using logs, ropes, natural wood, and other rough materials, so make sure you wear appropriate clothing, gloves, and shoes. That being said, err on the lighter side since you’ll be moving constantly. Here’s what participants typically wear: (a) quality trail running shoes with a mesh upper for drainage, (b) a light wicking performance tee, (c) a good pair of nylon socks, and (d) running shorts or compression shorts. You also might consider opting for gloves and/or sleeves for your arms or calves.

Mud, Guts & Glory is hosted by King’s Domain (5778 State Route 350, Oregonia, OH 45054), located half a mile from the parking area.

Absolutely. Spectators can come for free, and we have walk-up registration for friends or family who may decide at the last minute to run! It’ll shut down an hour before the last challenge wave starts.

 

Check-In

When you get off the shuttle, you’ll be directed to the registration area. Everyone (including spectators) must physically sign a waiver on-site, unless you’re a minor whose parent/guardian isn’t attending and has pre-signed a waiver. You’ll bring the signed waiver and ID to the registration tent.

One of our world-class volunteers will check you in, card you (for purchasing beer later in the day and to prove you qualify for any discounts you used), and give you a bib, timing chip, race shirt, and other info. After this, a volunteer will write your number on your body with a grease pen. This is a timing back-up in case your timing chip fails.

You can drop it off at bag check for a nominal fee. We recommend you keep your bags to a minimum because space is limited. Also, we suggest using a bag that can be closed or fastened securely. We are not responsible for any lost or stolen items, but the bag check area will be supervised by our wonderful volunteers at all times.

Once you’ve stretched and warmed up sufficiently, head to the start line at least five minutes before your wave time to get the rundown of course details.

 

Course

Probably the most challenging out there — we’re talking about miles of hills, ravines, a creek, and a whole lot of mud. You can take it at your own pace.

Well, they’re numerous. We have more than 30 obstacles, and we are proud of how hard they will push you!

Every turn will be obvious — all trails are marked with logs and/or ribbon. Plus, numerous MGG crew members will be positioned on the course to help you navigate and to supervise each obstacle.

We have a number of water stations throughout the course, or you can carry your own water if you prefer.

In addition to those at the start and finish, restrooms are located on the course every mile or two.

You can personalize your MGG experience to match your fitness and skill level. However, if you exit early or skip an obstacle and its corresponding penalty, you can’t qualify for event prizes (if you’re in the elite wave) or for the OCR World Championship. We have volunteers who will encourage you to finish the course, but they’ll also support and direct you if you’ve had enough.

Well, nearly the whole course is in the woods, but maybe you can outrun them! All joking aside, wearing bug spray isn’t a bad idea.

 

Post-race


Yes! After crossing the finish line, you’ll be given a medal and a drink ticket (sorry, not redeemable for beer).

One of the final obstacles is a massive slip ’n slide, which will do most of the hard work. However, we also have rinse stations where you can hose off.

Head to Glory Village where our vendors set up shop and where you can compete in intense activities (even better than at past events). Bring cash to buy food and drinks (beer, Gatorade, water, etc.), stop by a chiropractor, or check out top-of-the-line gear for obstacle course racing! It’s where the life of the party happens. If you’re interested in being a vendor at MGG, fill out our vendor request form.

All awards ceremonies will be held in Glory Village. As soon as we establish the day’s schedule, we’ll post it.

The same way you came. You’ll hop on a bus where it dropped you off in the morning, and you’ll be shuttled back to Fort Ancient. We’ll warn everyone before the last bus leaves.