On the Run
On The Run
When choosing what you’re going to wear as a participant there’s a number of things to consider. There’s also other information below that you should familiarize yourself with before your journey begins.
Before getting started, make sure the outfit or COSTUME you’re considering will not restrict your movement, or provide discomfort to you during your run. There’s nothing like discovering an unwelcome wedgie at mile one!
Given the amount of water and the amount of crawling you’ll do your clothing choices should includes form-fitting full-length leg wear and a long sleeve shirt.
Tight fitting, non-leather gloves are recommended when attempting many of the obstacles on the long and short course. Gloves can be tucked away when you’re running, or otherwise not attempting an obstacle.
Long hair should be gathered and either banded or placed under a hat. This will help keep your hair from getting in your eyes when you’re climbing up that cargo net, or over that wall of tires.
Footwear such as sneakers or boots are required on the course. Cleats, open-top shoes, slippers, formal footwear, or other such styles are not permitted. Participants are not allowed to start or continue the run without proper footwear. We recommend that all footwear have new laces.
Necklaces, bracelets, anklets, rings, earrings, piercings, and other forms of jewelry are not recommended on the Finger Lakes Mud Run course.
Headphones, earphones, ear buds, or any other personal listening device is not permitted on the course.
Choose an outfit or a COSTUME that does not wrap around your neck, or otherwise have the potential of snagging, causing you to choke or become hung up.
Outfits (mainly COSTUMES) that “shed”, and therefore create litter at the park, will not be permitted on the course. Clothing with offensive language, graphics, or overly excessive exposure is not permitted.
Backpacks, fanny-packs, purses, handbags, man-bags, personal beverage containers, cinder blocks, wooden statues, or other such personal items are not recommended on the course, but are permitted as long as they do not pose the potential of harming participants, including its’ owner. The Finger Lakes Mud Run is not responsible for any lost, stolen, damaged, or misplaced items.
Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down
Runners tend to be out of breath while they’re running. So, when asked by Event Staff if you need assistance, please provide this simple gesture; Thumbs Up = “I’m OK and don’t need assistance”, Thumbs Down = “I DO need assistance.”
First Aid Bases
There are at least three FIRST AID BASES ALONG THE COURSES where medical technicians will be dispatched from. These trained technicians will work in conjunction with our event staffers to respond to injuries or other emergencies as they arise. Response times may vary (depending on a number of factors), however, despite the remote location of the course, there are no locations on the course that are too remote for technicians to respond to.
There are a number of WATER STATIONS ALONG THE COURSES where participants can get drink. Participants are encouraged to stop, rest, and GET A DRINK. The key is to keep hydrated. Participants that exit the course in areas that are not near the Water Stations may forfeit their run and may not be allowed to re-enter the course.
If a participant is not able to successfully complete an obstacle, or simply chooses to not attempt a particular obstacle, the participant is free to bypass it. This is true of most, but not all obstacles. These bypasses are marked on each course and are not regarded as forfeiting the run. Participants can continue along the course once the obstacle has been bypassed. Participants are not permitted to attempt or re-attempt an obstacle once it’s been bypassed, or if a staff member directs them away from the obstacle.
Discontinuing the Run
Participants that wish to discontinue their run, choosing to exit the course deliberately, will forfeit their run for the day and are not allowed to re-enter the course. Injured participants are strongly advised, and may be required to exit the course for their own safety and the safety of fellow participants. Please note that transport vehicles are not required to transport UN-injured participants.