» Houston 5K Mud Run April 9th & 10th, 2016

* NOTICE: Due to rules and regulations, we cannot serve beer on Sunday until 12:00 PM.
* Must be at least 14 years old by the day of the event to participate in the course.
* $5 premium on the 9am wave
* $10 premium on Competitive Wave participation (Limit 100)
* Chip timers are not included (please see below) 
* All entries are non-refundable

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Please see the map in the “Map/Obstacles” tab for course information.

Mighty Wave Times

Mighty Wave Runners Information

Waves will start at 9:00am and will be released every 20 minutes until 12:40pm (Saturday till 12:40pm Sunday till 11:40am). You will be asked which wave time you would like to join during the registration process. Every runner should check in at the Information Pick-Up tent one hour before their wave time (unless you attended pre-packet pick-up – see below). Each runner should arrive at the start line 10 minutes before their wave’s start time. You must have your race bib on in order to run the race. You cannot race without your bib – think of it as your ticket to the event. There will be a wave leaving the start line every 20 minutes with up to 500 Mighty Mud Dashers per wave. Please note that regular registration does not come with a chip timer.

Competitive Wave Information

No Coupon Codes accepted for competitive wave registrations.
The Competitive Wave will be held at 8:20am on Saturday, April 9th, 2016. There are no qualifications needed to register for a cash prize waves. However, we do recommend that only serious competitors register for the Competitive Wave. The Competitive Wave is limited to 100 participants. There is a $10 premium to run in the Competitive Wave. Everyone competing in the Competitive Wave will be subject to disqualification by race officials if they fail to complete any of the course obstacles. Participants will be given unlimited opportunities to retry an obstacle from the start if they fail it. ALL NUMBERS MUST BE WRITTEN ON YOUR BODY.

$1,000 Purse Prize Breakdown:

  • • $500 to Top Male and Female
  • • Custom Orthotics – Top Male – Donated by Ground Up Athletics
  • • Custom Orthotics – Top Female – Donate by Ground Up Athletics
  • Award ceremony will be at 12:00pm

Entry into the Competitive Wave will include a chip timer.

Chip Timing Information

Chip timing is NOT included with a regular registration. Chip Timers are available for Saturday ONLY at a cost of $5. Competitive Wave participants have chip timers included in their registration.

[UPDATED!] Packet Pick-Up Info

Location & Date
April 7th, 2016 – 10:00am – 7:00pm
Ground Up Athletics
122 Vintage Park Blvd, Houston, TX 77070
Be sure to bring your waiver!
How to Pick up a friend’s packet
In order to pick-up someone else’s packet you will need 1) a copy or photo (on a phone is fine) of their drivers license and 2) a waiver signed by the individual. Without these items you WILL NOT be able to pick-up someone else’s packet.

Race Documents & Information

Participants waivers
Participant Waivers (14 & Up) – DOWNLOAD HERE
Race Day Information
After you sign up, you will receive a confirmation email with your registration information including the date and time you’ll be running. Racers under 18 will need their wavier signed by their parent or guardian. Anyone under 14 by the day of the event will not be permitted into running in the race. Furthermore, Racers will need a valid photo ID to pick up their packet and bib the day of the event. Please check in at the Info Pick-Up tent 1 hour to 30 minutes before your wave time begins to pick up your bib number, check in your bags, receive your free t-shirt, and free beer ticket for runners over 21. Arriving early will give you time to stretch and make your way to the start line and cheer on friends and family who ran before you.

What to bring

Items you can bring
  • Athletic shoes & clothes that you’re willing to get down right muddy.
  • Gloves, some of the obstacles will have a lot of grip. Be sure to bring gloves!
  • Change of clothes unless you like being a dirty Mud Runner!
  • Extra Money for parking, beer, food and apparel.
  • Spectators (you know…your Mom, coworkers and your own personal fan club) to brag to and share in your Muddy glory!
  • A camera to help capture all the Mud-filled mayhem to be uploaded to our rockin’ Facebook Page
  • Your partay-tude dude!

What NOT to bring

Items that are prohibited
  • No outside alcohol!
  • No glass containers of any kind.
  • Absolutely no weapons
  • No pets
  • No wimpy attitudes

Spectators and Photographers

Spectators and Photographers Information and Regulations
  • Spectators are allowed into the event for free. They will just need to pay the $10 parking fee.
  • Spectators are ONLY allowed to be in the fenced off event area and will not be allowed out on the course.
  • Spectators cameras are prohibited at the FINISH LINE.
  • Spectators will NOT receive a free beer, those are for the Mighty, the proud, and the Muddy!


[NEW!] Vendors and Corporate Teams

Food Trucks – Become a food vendor here!

• Big 6 Bar-B-Que
• KAOW Kajun Asian On Wheels
• Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
• Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream (Saturday only)
• Kona Ice (Saturday only)

Sponsors – Become a sponsor here!

• Next Level Urgent Care
• Monster Energy
• Sliver Leaf Resorts

Corporate Teams – Create a corporate team here!

• CenterPoint Energy
• Karate Group
• Houston Methodist
• Cameron
• Chevron
• Beck & Masten Buick GMC
• Vaughun Nelson
• LyondellBasell

Official Course Map:

Event Area Details:

Course Description & Tips

Please note that the course is subject to change.

In the Mighty Mud Dash course you can expect to tackle 3 miles of tough obstacle racing hitting anywhere from 20-24 obstacles. You can watch the video to see some of our past obstacles in action or view an official list of obstacles listed in order for the 2016 event below (Please note obstacles are subject to change if deemed necessary by the race directors).

Obstacles List:

  • Dark Knight – Multiple trenches cut 3ft wide and 20 ft long, each covered by 4X8 sheets of plywood. Are you afraid of the dark?
  • Life’s A Ditch – Walk through one of several long ditches filled with muddy water. Each trench will have an uneven floor pattern that you will have to feel your way through as you move along.
  • Tube Tunnels – Claustrophobics beware! Crawl your way through a long, dark, and muddy tube that goes through a mound of mud.
  • Fenced In – Crawl under one of several trenches that are 3ft wide, 10ft long and 2 1/2 ft deep, covered with fence panels and filled with about a foot of water. The best way to complete this obstacle is to go backwards and pull yourself under the fence panels.
  • Spider Web – New for 2016, a cargo net vertically placed between two trees that you must climb over. It will be difficult to gain footing as you struggle to make your way over the wobbly net.
  • Mud Moguls – A stretch of 5 mounds of dirt with 2 ft. of water in between each mound. Due to the water, mud, and steep angle of the slippery mounds, it becomes extremely difficult to get up and over them by yourself alone. Having the right shoes on can also lend you a potential advantage.
  • MudSlide – Climb to the top of a 20-ft-tall inflatable slide via slippery rubber ladders, and then slide your way down into a 3-ft-deep mud pit.
  • Monkey Bars – One of our most difficult obstacles, a steel ladder bridge built on a truss system placed 10 feet above the ground. Dedicated high-grip gloves are recommended in order to climb along the bars securely.
  • Rope to Rope – Climb on 12 feet of horizontally placed ropes. This can be an incredibly tiring obstacle, so the key here is to find the most efficient way to utilize all your limbs to climb across.
  • Go Fish – Crawl under a chain link fence laying inches above the damp, muddy ground. Trying to navigate and escape the net will be a struggle on its own. This obstacle was originally featured in the ULTRA 8K under the name “Truss Rope Skidmark”.
  • Bear Crawls – How low can you go? Crawl under a series of barbed wire laying nearly 2 feet above the ground.
  • Sled Pull – Another new obstacle for Mighty Mud Dash, participants will pull heavy dirt-filled sleds towards them and then pull them back into place to complete this unique obstacle.
  • Ninja Wall – Climb over a set of wooden walls, but there’s a catch: Without any grips on the walls to land your hands and feet on, you will need to utilize the properties of momentum by running and jumping to get directly to the top, ninja-parkour style.
  • Traverse Wall – Similar to those plastic rock climbing obstacles, you must make your way along the side of a large wooden wall with tiny grips on it as you struggle to secure your hands and feet. Competitive Wave runners must complete this obstacle without touching the ground.
  • Rope Swing – Swing across a mud pit where timing is everything. Stay high enough on the rope so that you don’t hit the muddy water pit below, and then land perfectly so you don’t fall backwards and land back in the muddy water pit. For 2016, this obstacle will now be built on a steel A-frame truss system.
  • Big Ben – Climb to the top of a 14-ft tall truss system via vertical ropes and ring the bell to complete this obstacle. It will be hard to get a grip on the slippery mud-covered ropes – a real challenge for competitive wave runners!
  • A-Frame Cargo Net – A flagship obstacle that was introduced in the ULTRA 8K last season, this cargo net obstacle places two nets angled at 45 degrees each. Carefully climb up then down the slopes of this triangular metal mountain.
  • Ringmaster – Our most difficult obstacle from last season’s ULTRA 8K (originally called “Tarzan”) is composed of multiple yellow rings hung on a tall metal truss frame. Swing your way from ring to ring and make it across what is truly a challenging obstacle. Make sure you have gloves or grippy hands if you want to make it through this one.
  • Arctic Freeze – Dare to dive yourself into a large tub of ice water, where you will be forced to dip your head underwater in order to get under the obstruction blocking your path.
  • Hurdles – This one’s full of ups and downs. Leap over and under large hurdles with barbed wire on them – as high as 3-4 feet and as low as 2 feet.
  • Summit – This popular obstacle makes a return for 2016! Also known as the “Half Pipe”, this is a gargantuan curved wall you must run and climb to reach the peak. Ropes will be available on one side of this obstacle to assist female runners – male runners cannot use the ropes.
  • Mighty Wall – Climb up, over, and down a colossal slanted wall with ropes. Use whatever stamina you have left to make it up and down a series of muddy, slippery steps. Grab a hold, and hold on tight!
  • Mystery Obstacles – These can be placed anywhere in the course.


Become A Sponsor

Want to get your product or company out in front of 5000-6000 people spread out over 2 days? Want potential customers who like to hang around your booth and partake in your giveaways for a sizable amount of time rather than simply getting in their car and going after they run like other races? These advantages and more are available to you if you become a Sponsor with the Mighty Mud Dash! Please click our button below to be taken to our sponsorship packet:


We HIGHLY recommend that you pick-up your packet at our Packet Pick-Up before the event. This will allow you to skip the 1-2 hour long check-in lines on race-day and mosey right on over to the start!

Packet Pick-Up Info

Click on the map below to view the packet pickup location on Google Maps:

Ground Up Athletics
122 Vintage Park Blvd, Houston, TX 77070

Thursday, April 7th, 2016 – 10:00am – 7:00pm

The store is located near the center of Vintage Park’s shopping alley. See map above.


Be sure to bring your signed waiver!

In order to pick-up someone else’s packet, you will need:
1) a copy or photo (on a phone is fine) of their drivers license and
2) a waiver signed by the individual.Without these items you WILL NOT be able to pick-up someone else’s packet.



Want to get your product or company out in front of 5000-6000 people spread out over 2 days? Want potential customers who like to hang around your booth and partake in your giveaways for a sizable amount of time rather than simply getting in their car and going after they run like other races? These advantages and more are available to you if you become a Sponsor with the Mighty Mud Dash! Please click our button below to be taken to our sponsorship packet:

Charity information will be announced soon!

Individual Volunteering

**All Volunteers get FREE entry into the race!

Not a member of a group or organization, but have some mad skills when it comes to helping out? Wanna meet some cool people and help the worthy causes of others? This is the chance for you to match your skill with an area of need in volunteering at Mighty Mud Dash. Or do you have a need to snap up CSH (community service hours) and don’t like the same old boring chores? Mighty Mud Dash is your event!

*For pre-packet pickup volunteers, select the “Pre-Packet Pickup” option when registering as a volunteer on either date.

To volunteer, click on the day you want to volunteer and then select the “Volunteer” option in the registration page.



Group Fundraising

What organization doesn’t need to raise money? Does your nonprofit, posse or club have 25 or more members and are looking for a quick, easy and fun way to raise some cash? We got your hook up here at Mighty Mud Dash!! Mighty Mud Dash offers you a Mighty good deal! Qualifying organizations that bring a minimum of 25 or more members to volunteer at BOTH event days and can receive up a $1,000 donation to their organization. Simply fill out the Fundraising Application form below and send it to fundraising@mightymuddash.com for your group to be considered!