FAQs + Rules + Tips

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  • Registration fees are non-refundable. Substitutes are accepted.
  • The course and all obstacles must be completed in order to qualify for prizes.
  • No dogs, baby strollers or baby joggers on the course. All are allowed at the race site as spectators.
  • No drugs or alcohol are allowed. Anyone found under the influence will not be allowed to participate and will forfeit all race fees.
  • Wear your grubby clothes and old sneakers. (Most likely you won’t be going home with these clothes).
  • There will be a rinse-off area and showers for participants.
  • Bring a big trash bag so you can take your running clothes home without dirtying your vehicle.
  • Leave all valuables at home. Some runners have lost rings and necklaces.
  • The Mud Run is not responsible for lost or stolen merchandise.
  • Positioning- if you are serious about winning the race, try to arrive early and start at the front. Winners will only be awarded out of the first waves.
  • If you have long hair, it is best to put it up.
  • Drink fluids before, during and after your race. (Water and gatorade are best, stay away from sodas.)
  • Do not dive head first into the mud pits.
  • This is a fun run so help your neighbors if they need help.
  • There will be a medical team onsite. There will also be Marines stationed along the course.
  • Come across the finish line as a team holding hands or arms. If you don’t, the Marine Mud Police will send you back to retrieve your team and back to the mud pit you will go!
  • Do not let children go into the mud unattended.
  • Wear a cool costume and create a cool team name! Prizes will be awarded for both!


About NC Marine Mud Run

What is the inspiration behind the NC Marine Mud Run?

In 2010, a man brought a vision to his local Marine Corps League…Let’s do a mud run to raise money for our local chapter, as well as various other programs. That dream came alive with the help of dedicated staff and volunteers.

The first event exceeded all expectations with 1500 runners participating and over 20 sponsors signing up to be part of a historic event. People have come from all across the US to participate in this event. Fun, Family, and Friends have dominated the event every year.

The annual event was created to raise money, awareness, and support for Marines and their families around Winston-Salem, NC and across the nation who have been wounded or killed while serving on active duty.

Profits from the Mud Run are also used to support:

Wounded Warrior Battalion East located at Camp Lejuene, NC.,  Toys for Tots,   Veterans Helping Veterans Heal,  Young Marines Youth Program,  NC State Veterans Home in Salisbury, NC.,  Wreaths Across America

When and where will the event occur?

The NC Marine Mud Run will be held on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 at Jomeokee Park and Campground in Pinnacle, NC. For directions, please see here.

Is the NC Marine Mud Run timed?

The event is timed; however, awards are only given out for individuals in the first wave (competitive) and teams out of the first wave (competitive).If you want to compete for an award, you must register for the first waves.

To see the award categories, please click here.

Will awards be given out?

Awards will only be given out of the first wave of the individual run and the first wave of the team run.

To see the award categories, please click here.

Registration Information

What is the cost to participate?

Individuals is $30 per person, Teams is $120 per team (teams of 4) and pollywogs are $10.

How can I register?

You will be able to register by mail or online. Please visit the registration page for more details.

What is the deadline to register?

Online registration will close Sunday, May 26th, 2019 at midnight. Mail in registrations must be postmarked by Friday, May 24th, 2019.

My friends are in one wave and I'm in another. Can I switch waves?

No. Each wave is timed separately and you must run in the wave you registered for.

I forgot to register! Can I still sign up?

Yes. Registration will still be available at packet-pick up and also race day registration. Race day registration fees will be $10 more per person.

I do not remember receiving an email confirmation when I registered, what do I do?

Please do a search with your email provider and/or check your Junk Mail first. If you do not find it, you will need to contact us by email at registration@usmcmudrunnc.com and request another one be sent. You will need to print that out and bring it with you to packet pickup. (see info on Packet Pickup).

Pollywog Information

What is the age to participate?

Pollywog: Kids 12 and under
5K: Children over 12. Children under 12 can run in the 5K with an adult over the age of 18.

My child wants to the pollywog. Can I run it with them?

Yes. You may run in the event with your child at no charge.

Packet Pickup

When and Where is Packet Pick up?

Packet pick up will be held on Friday June 2nd 2017, 12 Noon to 7:00 p.m. Pick up is at Omega Sporting Goods in the Thruway Shopping Center in Winston-Salem, NC.

What do I need to bring to packet pick up?

Please have all necessary race information.


Is there a fee for spectators?

Absolutely not!

What can I bring with me the day of the event?

You are allowed to bring cell phones, cameras, video cameras, purses / bags, folding chairs, and strollers. We cannot allow bikes, motorized scooters, skate boards, or alcohol.

Are pets allowed

Yes. We ask that you keep all pets on a leash and off the course.

Team Information

Will teams have to start and finish the race at the same time?

Yes. Teams must start together and must cross the finish line with arms interlocked.

Can we wear costumes?

Absolutely! Prizes will be awarded for best costumes and best team name. Be Creative!

Can I change my team name?

Yes! Please log-in to your eventbrite account and you can edit the information there.

How many members per team?

Currently, teams can only have 4 members. Stay tuned to see if that changes for 2020.

One of my members can no longer participate. What do we do?

Find yourself a substitute! Log in to your eventbrite account, and you can change the information up until registration closes on Sunday, June 1st.

If it’s after that date, have your substitute fill out a registration form, and bring with you and your team to early packet pick up or on race day morning!

Refund Policy

Do you offer any refunds?

We are unable to process refunds. This event is for charity….there are no refunds…no exceptions.

What if I’m injured the day of the event, and can’t participate? Do I get a refund?

We do not offer refunds due to injury of any individual prior to event day; however you are able to come to the event as a spectator. You can also send a substitute in your place.

Do you allow substitutions?

Yes. The substitute must fill out and sign a registration form and bring with them to packet pick up or on race day morning when they check in.

Media / Press

Can journalists and media attend the event for free?

Yes, all journalists and media personnel can always attend any event for free.

What to wear and bring to the event

What should I wear as a participant?

Be sure to wear comfortable running shoes, and loose clothing that will dry quickly when wet. Many of our participants will wear shoes such as Nike Free, as well as DRI-Fit clothing. Swim trunks or DRI-Fit shorts are also a good idea. Gloves are optional as well, however many participants do not wear them.

Make sure also to bring a change of clothes and shoes for after the event and the ride home.

What should I make sure to bring as a participant?

Stay tuned to see what to bring.

Where do I keep my valuables and gym bag?

Stay tuned to see if we will have a secure area to store your bag.

Day of Event

What time should I arrive at the event?

IMPORTANT: Plan to arrive at the event 90 minutes before your start time. This is due to possible traffic delays or anything else unexpected that may occur, and will ensure you are ready to go at your start time.

How much does it cost for parking?

Nothing! Parking is free to all participants and spectators.

Where is the first place I should go when I arrive at the Venue?

Look for the Registration Tents.

Will there be water and snacks during the event?

Yes. We will have water stations throughout the course as well as fruit and snack stations for all participants.

Will you have medical and first aid on site?


Can I skip any obstacle I am not comfortable with?

Yes. You can always skip any obstacle you are not comfortable with.

How do I get clean from the mud after the race?

There will be fire hoses as well as shower stations. You will still want to bring a few towels and a change of clothes for the ride home. There will be changing stations available as well.

What do I do with my muddy shoes?

Goodwill Industries will have boxes for the shoes. The shoes will be cleaned up and donated.

Will the NC Marine Mud Run be cancelled due to bad weather?

Short answer is no. We will hold our event rain or shine; however, if there is any weather condition that makes our event unsafe for participants, volunteers, medical staff we hold the right to cancel. Examples could be a Hurricane, Flooding or Lightening storm, or any other unforeseen and unsafe weather conditions.

Where do I keep my valuables and gym bag?

Stay tuned to see if we will have a secure area to store your bag.

Will you have photos being taken on the course?

Various photographers will be taking photos. If YOU have some photos to share, please send them to majormudd@yahoo.com and some of them may be posted.. Thanks in advance for sharing them.

Contact Us

I still have questions. How do I contact someone?

Please first review and search our FAQ section; however, if you still have questions you can reach us at majormudd@yahoo.com, and we will respond within 24 hours. IMPORTANT: Include your full name, team name (if applicable), and email address, as well as your question or concern.


The Percy John Fulton Detachment 1075 of the Marine Corps League would like to invite all current and Former Marines and FMF Corpsmen to come and join us every 4th Monday of each month as we serve the Marine Corps League.
We have members who have fought in Conflicts, and those who kept us out of Conflict. Come and be a part of the TRADITION: