Daniel Barden Mudfest
5 Mile, 5k & Kids Mud Run


Prepare yourself for a day that you’ll never forget! Mud, hills, guts and glory – your Mudfest experience will be memorable, from start to finish. We aren’t your typical mud run or race. More than a mud pit, we combine unique obstacles and challenges along with running and walking. Not to mention the afterparty that features local brews and bands!


Check back after the race for the results!



Our run is named after Daniel Barden, one of the first-graders killed in Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. Daniel will always be remembered for his kind spirit, sense of generosity and friendship he showed to others. The goal of Mudfest is to nurture and grow Daniel’s spirit in all of us.


Part of what makes Mudfest a success is the amazing support we get every year. We appreciate our dedicated volunteers who help ensure the race runs smoothly, our vendors and bands who keep our racers fed and entertained and our sponsors who generously help us with both monetary and in-kind donations. Consider getting involved with Mudfest – you’ll be glad you did!


Hamilton College Hockey Team Honors Mudfest

As the Daniel Barden Mudfest plans its return this spring after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, it is important to take a moment to express appreciation for those who have continuously supported Mudfest and the Barden Adventure Scholarship. One such supporter has been the Hamilton College men’s hockey team. Before the pandemic hit, the team …

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Muddy Buddy: Jessica Crofoot

Jessica Crofoot of Oswego, NY, is a Mudfest veteran. She has participated in three Mudfests so far. It all started when she and her sister were looking for mud/obstacle runs nearby. They found Mudfest and were impressed that it was for a worthy cause. In fact, that’s one of the main reasons Jessica enjoys participating. …

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Missing Mudfest? Don’t Miss Out on Adventures in Danimaland 5k & Celebration

All of us at Mudfest have been missing you over the past couple of years – there is nothing like getting together for fun for a good cause. This year, we’ve decided to change things up a bit, and invite you to join us for Adventures in Danimaland 5k & Celebration. The event has been …

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We’ve got BIG news…

Although 2020 was a tough year for everyone, including our event, we’re excited to share that The Annual Daniel Barden Mudfest will return better than ever in Fall 2021! We have many exciting changes and improvements slated that will make this our best and muddiest year ever. While we were initially hoping for May, we …

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An Important Message from Dan & Melissa Williams

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current restrictions on public gatherings in New York state, we have made the heartbreaking decision to cancel this year’s Daniel Barden Mudfest event. Although this was not an easy decision, we recognize that we must prioritize the safety of our participants and volunteers. Daniel Barden Mudfest has always been …

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Chalk the Walk Participation

Thank you for all of those that participated in Chalk the Walk, Saturday, May 2.


Chalk the Walk! Join Us for Our Virtual Event on May 2.

As you know by now, we have unfortunately had to postpone this year’s Mudfest until October 31st. But during this time of uncertainty, we’d like to bring our communities together when we all need it the most. As a way to still celebrate our original Mudfest date of May 2nd, we’re hosting a virtual event …

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An Important Message From Daniel Barden Mudfest

The past few weeks have been challenging for our area, our country, and the entire world, as we’ve adjusted to the realities of the virus COVID-19 and its prevention requirements. After carefully monitoring the unfolding situation, and considering the safety of our wonderful participants, we have made the difficult, and heartbreaking, decision to postpone the …

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Muddy Buddy: Nick Waaler

Nick Waaler, of Sandy Hook, CT, is a four-time Mudfest participant. He is a friend of the Barden family, and that makes participating in the event especially poignant. It is always the beginning of the run that stays with Nick. “I really love the start of the mud run, where we honor Daniel on one …

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Guest Blog: Brian Kellogg

“Maybe the hardest obstacle of the Daniel Barden MudFest is finding something you don’t like! It’s a challenging course but doesn’t take itself too seriously so it’s fun for all.” Big thanks to seasoned OCR veteran Brian Kellogg for his honest & in-depth review of Barden Mudfest 2019. Read more on his blog by clicking …

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