DEANSBORO- Rain showers are expected Saturday morning for Mudfest 2019. The run is roughly the same as the Boilermaker excepts it shorter and its much dirtier.
The run started in 2012 after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in New town Connecticut. Run organizer Dan Williams decided to create the race in memory of his niece's school friend, Daniel Barden, a victim of the Sandy Hook Shootings.
"We went to his funeral, we were charged with making the world a better place. I literally in that moment had an epiphany, walked out of the church called my friend jack where we stand at the MKJ Farms and said hey can we put a mud run on for these folks,"said Dan Williams.
Volunteers worked tirelessly for weeks preparing for this year's Mudfest. One of the participants in Saturday's run is Gabe Williams.
"I'm looking forward to running with my friends and being out in the cold with everybody to honor this moment," said Gabe Williams.
What makes the course challenging is that its uphill and goes through the woods. It also has climbing obstacles throughout the run that participants must overcome. But their is a strong message behind the discomfort.
"Just understand that any discomfort that you are going through with the weather, I just think In my mind and I've run several marathons and ultras. I just think to myself someone out there is in greater pain, the folks that have lost their kids in this tragedy or another tragedy, so we are asking for an hour or an hour and a half and do a little bit of suffering but its only temporary," said Williams
Organizers ask that if you do plan on participating to arrive at MKJ Farms in Deansboro by 8:30 am.