Mud Run Emerald 2013 Wrap-up

Australian Obstacle Racing News   |   Mar 7, 2013





Emerald, Queensland. A town of some 13,000 souls located approximately 250km inland from Rockhampton, a touch south of the Tropic of Capricorn. And the home of Central Queensland’s first ever Mud Run Emerald.

The idea came to a group of locals late in 2012 when thinking of ways to raise money for local cancer charity groups, and entries were opened over the Christmas period.  Within an hour, the allocated placement of 500 had sold out and another 200 hopefuls had added their name to the waiting list!

In addition to the number of locals who decided that wallowing in the CQ mud would be a nice way to spend a Sunday, the amount of  local businesses who got behind the Mud Run Emerald was massive to say the least.  This is evidenced by the race bibs that each entrant wore – have you ever seen as many sponsors on the one bib?


Since the guys putting this on were a bit new to the whole event management thing, they needed help.  And they got help from Ray Carson of Xperiences on the Gold Coast who gave them advice on wave times, obstacles and a host of other ideas.

The run took in a 5km route. The natural terrain made for a mostly flat course with some man-made inclines and declines. The course featured three dams, trenches, tunnels, tyres, hay bales, mud and more mud.  There was also a  kid’s course run on the last 1km of the adult’s course, but excluding all the dams.

On the day, those 650 Queenslanders certainly got into it.  A large number of entrants were female, and every single review we received on Obstacle Racers gave the event 10 out of 10 which is a first. Not even the big boys get that sort of response!

Best of all, the Mud Run Emerald managed to fundraise a total of $23 461.48 for those cancer charities.

So will there be a Mud Run Emerald 2014?  Based on the feedback the organisers got after everyone had been hosed down was a resounding YES.  The course will be revamped and other improvements will be made to the registration area and party zone, but it will be back next year on 22 February, 2014

With obstacle course races getting away from the major metropolitan areas of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth and starting to pop up in regional cities and towns like Emerald, Shepparton, Launceston, Wagga and Darwin, will this see a trend towards fly-in-fly-out obstacle racers like the mining industry relies on?

The Gals of Central Queensland Enjoying The Mud Run Emerald

The Gals of Central Queensland Enjoying The Mud Run Emerald

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