Vienna, YMCA getting their hands dirty with Mud Run

An employee of the city of Vienna digs the course for the May 22 Mud Run. The course is 1.25 miles and is located in the woods near the Jackson Middle School and the Vienna Rec Center. (Photo Provided)

VIENNA — The YMCA of Parkersburg in partnership with the city of Vienna will hold a Mud Run on May 22.

“We are excited to partner to host this fun family event,” said Criss Welshans, YMCA program director. “We have been working closely with Steve Black and his Parks and Recreation staff. I am hopeful that this is only the beginning of many opportunities that we have to partner together.”

The 1.25 mile course is located in the wooded area behind the Vienna Rec Center and Jackson Middle School.

Two divisions are available, an Adult (18-plus) and Youth (17 and under). Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to a male and female in each division for a total of 12 recipients.

The Adult Division will run the course twice for 2.5 miles and the Youth Division will run the course once for 1.25 miles.

YMCA Program Director Criss Welshans and After School Mentor Trenton Bennett take a selfie while crews from the city of Vienna cut the track for the May 22 Mud Run. (Photo Provided)

“It should be challenging,” Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp said.

The event will be the first for the city and Rapp already is anticipating a large turnout for the event.

“I like how the YMCA does things,” he said.

The YMCA is working with city employees to map and create the course. Numerous local sponsors have supplied materials to create 10 obstacles for the race.

“So far, we’ve received donations for our obstacles from Best One Tire and Service, St. Marys Hardware and Ellison Dozer Service Inc.,” Welshans said. “We have also received support from Sheetz No. 643, River City Runners and Walkers Club and Reed Byers, director of the Healthy Kids Running Series.”

Employees from the city of Vienna prepare the course for the May 22 Mud Run sponsored by the YMCA of Parkersburg and the city of Vienna. The 1.25 mile test of physical agility is located in the woods by the Vienna Rec Center and Jackson Middle School. (Photo Provided)

Welshans is appreciative.

“It is a great feeling to know that the community is willing to support the YMCA and our mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all,” Welshans said.

Registration will be at the Vienna Rec Center beginning at 8:30 a.m. May 22 and walk-in registrations will end at 10 a.m.

To allow for social distancing, runners will be sent in heats of up to 20 racers every 10 minutes. The first heat of runners will start at 9:15 a.m.

The entry fee for the Mud Run is the same for both Youth and Adult Divisions. YMCA members receive a discounted rate of $24 while the fee for non-members is $30.

Registration is available in-person or online at www.parkersburgymca.org. Participants who register by May 7 will receive a free T-shirt.

For more information about the Mud Run or additional events, call 304-485-5585, go to www.parkersburgymca.org or email Welshans at criss.welshans@parkersburgymca.org.


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