Annual Mud Mania needed an earlier date this year

James Wilson, 9 (left), and Keygun Field, 8, race in the mud at last year’s Mud Mania. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)

James Wilson, 9 (left), and Keygun Field, 8, race in the mud at last year’s Mud Mania. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)

KINGMAN - The 37th annual Mighty Mud Mania will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Firefighter's Memorial Park, 2201 Detroit Ave. in Kingman. The event is free to participants and spectators.

The annual mud obstacle course is a Kingman tradition, coinciding with the end of summer vacation and bringing in the new school year.

"It's always been in August, but had to be switched to July because school is starting sooner," said Karen Fogg, administrative assistant at the Parks and Recreation department.

There are eight divisions for ages 4 to 99, and a trophy and T-shirt will be handed out to the fastest boy and girl in each division. T-shirts will also be available to purchase for $12 to $15, and food and drink will be available for purchase as well.

This year will bring some minor changes to the course to make it more comfortable for competitors young and old.

"What we're doing is we're changing the start so they can wait in the shade. The children, it'll be a little shorter so they don't have to go under the tarp," said Guy Reynolds, park superintendent at the Parks and Recreation department.

Reynolds also hinted at some major changes to the course in the future, but won't be implementing them this year. Those changes would be a "surprise for everyone" later down the road.

For more information, contact the Kingman Parks and Recreation department at (928)757-7919.