Group looks to improve events

BUCKHANNON -Anyone looking to test their physical abilities and get a little dirty in the process should mark their calendars for the Buckhannon Fire Department’s second Five Alarm Mud Run set for Aug. 30.

The 5K obstacle course will test runners on approximately 20 obstacles as they battle through knee-high mud.

“It is for all types,” BFD Lt. J.B. Kimble said. “If you’re an outdoor type you can do it. It does take some physical excretion.”

Kimble said the course features a 700-feet elevation change from the bottom to the top and will be littered with obstacles that individuals or teams can take on. The course will feature a 400-foot water slide.

“They shoot down it pretty quick,” Kimble said of the slide.

The course located along Hardman Road off of Corridor H has been revamped from last year and is set to provide an exciting experience for participants.

“We have vertical walls, natural obstacles, a water slide, cargo nets and many others,” he said. “The mud can be about knee-high, but there are stages where people will have to crawl through. Last year, people said that it felt like they were going up all the time. It may be worse this year.”

Kimble said the course is difficult, but it helps to tackle it with a team. Kimble said there are other surprises in store throughout the course, and runners may even spot Bigfoot.

“The people that do these types of events look forward to the T-shirt and the ability to say they completed the course,” Kimble said. “People want to come out and have a good time.”

Kimble said last year one of the teams from out-of-state said the course was better than the Warrior Race. In 2013, around 100 people tackled the course and officials hope the number will double this year. The event will also feature a Kid’s Mini Mudder event to give youth a chance to get active, dirty and have fun.

The event is one of the biggest fundraisers for the fire department. Kimble explained money is raised through sponsorships of the race, the kids race and each obstacle. Sponsorships are still being accepted and anyone looking for more information should call the department at 304-472-2868.