• 68°

Kids, parents to team up for second Big Muddy Challenge at Patterson Farm

MOUNT ULLA — Patterson Farm Market and Tours will again host Rowan County’s Big Muddy Challenge obstacle course, a back-to-school event for families, on Saturday, Aug. 20, beginning at 8 a.m. at the farm, 10390 Caldwell Road, Mount Ulla. Teams will be assigned a start time when they register online at bigmuddychallenge.com. More than 1,300 participated in last year’s Muddy Challenge.

The emphasis is on fun, not competition, according to Michelle Patterson, director of fun for Patterson Farm Market and Tours.

“You will get wet and muddy,” says Adam Spisak of Raleigh, the founder of the Big Muddy Challenge. “If you have brand new kicks or sweat gear, it’s probably best to not wear them. Jewelry of all kinds is encouraged to be removed and left at home. Costumes, however, are highly encouraged.”

The Big Muddy Challenge offers family-oriented obstacle courses at locations throughout Mid-Atlantic States. Races have been held in Raleigh and Charlotte in North Carolina.

Spisak came up with the idea of running through mud and water, getting muddy, and climbing through obstacles in 2012, when he was looking for family-oriented athletic events to include his own daughter. He had participated in adult obstacle races, such as the Tough Mudder in South Carolina, but could not find family-oriented obstacle course. Some of the adult obstacles offered separate kids’ challenges, but not teams of parents and their kids. “I wanted to blend kids into parents’ active lifestyles,” he says.

His first event, held near Raleigh, drew more than 1,000 parents and kids.

Participants in the challenges have ranged in age from six to 82. Children must be at least 6 years old to participate. Challenges are team-based and 70 percent of the participants are children ages 7 to 10. Participants are encouraged to go at their own pace.

“You will hear equally loud cheers regardless if your team walks or runs,” he says. Average finish times range from 29 to 53 minutes. The event includes Big Muddy Challenge “finish” shirts and free photos.

Patterson Farm Market and Tours will have picnic areas, playgrounds, the new Treasure Mine, the petting zoo, the barn and market open for visitors. Chicken sandwiches and ice cream will also be available.

Register at bigmuddychallenge.com

Comments

Coronavirus

People receiving first dose of COVID-19 vaccine grows by less than 1%

Education

Rowan-Salisbury Schools brings Skills Rowan competition back to its roots

Business

Weak jobs report spurs questions about big fed spending

News

Judge limits footage that family can see of deputy shooting in Elizabeth City

Sports

Woodland, two others share lead; Mickelson plays much worse but will still be around for weekend at Quail Hollow

Business

Former NHL player to open mobster themed bar in Raleigh

Nation/World

California population declines for first time

News

GOP leaders differ on bottom line for state spending

News

Police: Man killed in shootout with officers in Winston-Salem

Crime

Man charged after thieves rob would-be gun buyers of wallets, shoes

Crime

Blotter: Four added to sheriff’s most wanted list

High School

High school football: Some anxious moments, but Hornets win state title

Local

Photos: Salisbury High Hornets win big in 2AA championship game

Local

County manager outlines projections for the upcoming fiscal year budget, suggests uses for stimulus money

Business

Miami-based Browns Athletic Apparel opens second screen printing location in Salisbury

News

At funeral, fallen Watauga deputies remembered as ‘heroes’

Coronavirus

COVID-19 cluster identified at Granite Quarry Elementary

Coronavirus

More than half of North Carolinians have now taken at least one vaccine shot

Local

City hopes to cover expenses in 2021-22 budget with surplus revenue generated this year

Local

Fallen tree proves to be a blessing for local nonprofit Happy Roots

Local

Quotes of the week

Coronavirus

Health department drops quarantine time from 14 to 10 days

Crime

Blotter: More than $100,000 in property reported stolen from Old Beatty Ford Road site

Local

City fights invasive beetles by injecting trees with insecticide