PITTSBURG — It’s time to run, jump and crawl through the mud —  it’s Just Another Mudder time.

The Pittsburg Parks & Recreation will host its sixth annual Just Another Mudder youth obstacle course on Saturday. The event begins at 10 a.m. and will be located in the lot north of Names & Numbers, 1225 E. Centennial Dr., Pittsburg.
“It’s going to be great, awesome, muddy, fun, best event ever,” Recreation Superintendent Sara Vacca said.

The event is a one-mile youth adventure race for children five years of age and older. This event challenges kids to run, jump and crawl through a mud-filled obstacle course.

This year’s obstacle course will include a 75 foot slip and slide, tunnels and mud pits. According to Vacca, there will be a little more mud involved with the forecast of rain days before the event and access to a water hose.
“We’ll make sure they are muddy at the end of it,” Vacca said.

The fire department will bring its ladder truck and display a flag over the finish line this year.

Just Another Mudder is held in heats, meaning that kids will race in groups every 30 minutes. With more than 300 participants registered so far, the 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. slots are now full, a release from the Parks & Recreation said. However, noon and 12:30 p.m. heats are still available.

Preregistration is encouraged, but participants can still register to compete up until the day of the event. The registration fee is $15 through April 19, and $20 on the day of the event. T-shirts are not guaranteed for those who register late, the release said.

To sign up, contact City of Pittsburg Parks & Recreation Department at 620-231-8310 or visit https://pprd.pittks.org to register online.

Last year, 220 children participated in the event and this year, there are already 315 signed up.
During the event there will be several photograph opportunities for the spectators, along with plenty of spectator space Vacca said.

According to the release, proceeds from the Just Another Mudder race will go toward enhancements to the Everybody Plays Playground at Pittsburg’s Schlanger Park. This universally accessible playground is designed for children and families of all ages and abilities.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.