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Moffat Mudslinger pushes forward for summer race

Janelle O'Dea

Five of Craig's dedicated community members met Wednesday evening to discuss details of the proposed Moffat Mudslinger 10K obstacle course.

The tentative set date for the event is July 25.

The course will run from Colorado Northwestern Community College, pass through several schools and points of interest in Craig and end in a downtown business block party.

The Moffat Mudslinger, brainchild of Mark Brown representing Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, will consist of 10 obstacles that Brown hopes sponsors will help design and construct. He wants the race to paint a picture of Moffat County's personality while being "fairly hard-core."

Enhancing already-present characteristics and features of Moffat County, like irrigation ditches, was one of the many ideas thrown out for obstacles. But Brown also hopes sponsors will propose their own ideas for obstacles that will represent them.

Brown wanted to not only increase visibility for his organization but also for Moffat County and Craig.

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The race will draw inspiration from similar races in Denver and in other places around the country.

REPS is the first official sponsor of the event. The organization gave $2,500 to help with marketing of the event.

Melody Villard, director of Moffat County Tourism Association, said they're planning to do mostly social media marketing for the 10K, but may also invest in some direct mail promotion, as well.

Brown gained the blessing of the Craig City Council to continue pursuing and organizing the event. Police chief Walter Vanatta was present at the meeting, and Brown said he's also spoken with Moffat County Sheriff-Elect KC Hume as well as Moffat County commissioner Chuck Grobe. He said he's gotten positive reactions when talking with community officials about the race.

Ideas flowed for more than an hour Wednesday night about ways to promote, improve, secure and organize the race.

Villard and Brown, along with Luke Geer, manager of physical therapy at The Memorial Hospital; Kandee Dilldine, representing the Downtown Business Association and Moffat County Tourism Association; and Steve Martinson, who works for Moffat County School District, agreed a 5K portion of the race would be a good idea.

Brown hopes to have 1,000 participants in the race, with volunteer race marshals stationed over "100 percent" of the area of the course. Volunteers would help direct traffic and help set up and tear down the obstacles and trail markers.

The group also brainstormed location and staffing of aid stations with water, sports drinks and any necessarily medical assistance, along with plans for port-a-potties and parking.

Participants will end the 7-mile trek in a downtown business block party, where a winner will claim the yet to be announced prize.

Contact Janelle O’Dea at 970-875-1795 or jodea@CraigDailyPress.com or follow her on Twitter @jayohday.