Kids to get down and dirty – and have fun – at mud mania
Children and adults are expected to turn out in good numbers Thursday at Firefighters Memorial Park when the Kingman Parks and Recreation Department holds its 25th annual Mighty Mud Mania.
"We had 400 participants last year, the most ever," Keith Adams, superintendent of recreation, said.
"We estimated between 800 and 1,000 people in all showed up, counting spectators."
Mighty Mud Mania is free and open to everyone 4 years of age and up.
Participants run, crawl, jump, swing and slide their way through a course of mud that contains seven obstacles.
Those obstacles include a dive under a canvas, jump over a ramp, an agility drill jumping through ropes stretched in the shape of squares, going through inner tubes standing upright, swinging on ropes, high stepping through tires like football players and slip sliding through the final mud pit.
The timed event begins at 10 a.m.
and Adams expects it to end around 2:30 p.m., based on last year.
"This is a time for people to get out, cut loose, get dirty and have fun," he said.
"To little kids it's all kind of natural.
But as you get to the older kids and adults it's a challenge to see how fast they can get through it."
Age brackets for participants are 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-14, 15-17, 18-34 and 35 and up.
Trophies and T-shirts will be awarded to winners in each bracket with runners-up receiving T-shirts.
Adams said he hopes more than 400 people will participate this year.
One question mark that could cut into numbers is the fact that Palo Christi and Cerbat schools have gone to year-round schedules and are in session Thursday.
The park is on Detroit Avenue just east of Kingman Junior High School.
Adams said members of the Kingman High School Marching Band will sell soft drinks and water, while Kingman Police Department representatives will sell cotton candy.