First Mud Fest Hits Jacksonville

Race Raises Money And Awareness For Boselli Foundation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It's an excuse to get dirty, and a reason to enjoy the rain. It's also all for a good cause.

Tomorrow is the first annual Jacksonville Mud Fest, an adventure run benefiting the Boselli Foundation, and today is the last day to register.

The money will help 90 local children learn life skills, improve their test scores and lend them encouragement. It all goes to after school programs and camps.

Competitors have raised almost $85,000 so far. Each contestant is required to raise at least one hundred. Organizers hope to hit the $100,000 mark by the end of today.

Hundreds of people are praying for rain this weekend, and it is very likely we will get some. The wetter it is, the muddier it will be. And the muddier it is, the more fun it will be for competitors.

The Jax Mud Fest features a 5K Mud Run, Kids Mud Run and an outdoor festival.

The festival is designed for both the competitive and the casual fun seekers.

For those who aren't into getting dirty, they can grab a seat in the spectator areas and watch their friends and family slip, slide and slosh their way through the muddy obstacles.

The race is at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center and involves 27 obstacles that include mud, ropes and walls. More than 200 volunteers have spent two and a half months building it.

For more information on the Mud Fest go to their website.