Mud runs to make a mess Saturday at Wyman Museum in Craig |

Mud runs to make a mess Saturday at Wyman Museum in Craig

Joshua Gordon

The Moffat County Mud Runs are scheduled to take place Saturday at the Wyman Museum. There will be seven classes, including snow machines, in which racers drive their trucks through 130 feet of bogged down mud vying for a cash price.

Getting a truck through the muck during the Moffat County Mud Runs isn't always possible, Craig resident Oppie Smith said, but the difficulty adds to the excitement.

"During last year's races, I may not have had the fastest times, but I made it through every time, so that was an accomplishment," Smith said.

Smith will load up his 1968 Ford F-100 on Saturday for the first of three mud runs that will take place at Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40, this summer.

The other mud runs are scheduled for July 17 and Aug. 14.

Registration for Saturday's event costs $40, and occurs from 7 to 9 a.m. Races begin at 10 a.m.

Tim Meyer, who organized the event, said he and his friends started getting ready for the races two weeks ago.

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"We usually have to work on it after we get off of our jobs," Meyer said. "We use some weekends as well to make sure that everything runs great."

There are seven classes this year, including 4- and 6-cylinder, stock, super stock, pro stock, modified, open and for the first time, snow machines.

"We have used snow machines before, but it wasn't that popular with the racers," Meyer said. "Lately, we have had a lot of requests to bring it back, so I thought we should try it

this year."

Meyer, who has been racing since he was 16, will be participating in the pro stock and the modified races Saturday.

Craig resident Casey Mc-

-Farland said he will be racing in the 4-cylinder class this weekend.

"The best part of racing is we all get to go out and just play in the mud," McFarland said.

Craig resident Grand Dalton said he hopes his 1997 Ford Flatbed can stay together through the races.

"It's rough out there," Dalton said. "The hardest part is working on your truck to make sure it doesn't fall apart during the race."

Meyer said approximately 80 racers competed at the first race last year, and he expects between 50 and 100 racers this year.

The top three finishers in each class will win a cash prize. The value depends on how many racers register for the event.

Many racers bring out their trucks to fight it out in the mud, but mud runs aren't just for the racers.

There will be foot races during intermissions. There will be a candy dash for younger children, while the older youths and adults will be split into two groups for the "dash for cash," which entails the first person to get to the end of the 130-foot track winning $50.

An indoor bouncing platform will be brought in for youths, so parents can feel free to bring them along, Meyer said.

The cost of admission is $8 for ages 13 and older, $4 for ages 6 to 12 and it is free for those ages 5 and younger.

All money made from admissions goes toward making sure the event can continue, Meyer said.

"This is a non-profit organization," he said. "I just want to bring something to Craig so the community can come out and enjoy it."

If you go

What: Moffat County Mud Runs

When: 10 a.m. Saturday

Where: Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40

— Registration takes place from 7 to 9 a.m. Races begin at 10 a.m. The cost is $8 for visitors 13 and older, $4 for 6 to 12, and there is no charge for children 5 and under.

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