2nd Annual Highland Mud Run is this weekend

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Ready to get dirty? Hundreds of people in Columbus will be doing that this weekend at the Second Annual Highland Mud Run on Saturday morning.

The race director says it's not your momma's 5K because this 3.1 mile race includes more than 20 obstacles with some very messy ones, including a rope swing and barbed wire crawl.

All of the proceeds benefit children with special needs.

On race day, there's even a mud play area for kids, while people ages 12 and up take part in the mud run at North Highland Church.

"We've got some mud pits and mud mounds, running, crawling, jumping, and 80-foot water slide," said co-director Pastor Brad Lacy. "If you say, hey I'm not a runner, it doesn't even matter, you can walk it with your friends and push each other in the mud and have a good time."

Even a guy in a wheelchair is coming down from Atlanta to participate.

The Highland Mud Run kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday at North Highland Church off Whittlesey Boulevard, with the last wave of runners at noon.

Online registration ends at 8 p.m. Thursday, but you can register at Big Dog Running in north Columbus on Friday from noon to 7 p.m. or on race day.

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