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!




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!


We Need YOU to Help Us Empower Youth Leadership!

Now that the 2023 Daniel Barden Mudfest is an amazing memory, you might think we’re ready to rest. But, Mudfest is only the beginning for us! Each year, the proceeds from Mudfest are used to send kids on the adventure of a lifetime. Eighth grade students in both central New York and Connecticut are given […]


Hooray to 2023!

What a blast! We could not have asked for better weather and turnout. A huge shout-out to all of our vendors, sponsors, and race participants.  The Daniel Barden Mudfest just wouldn’t be the same without all of you. Thank you for joining us, to race, to compete (even if just against yourself), and to help […]


Daniel Barden Mudfest returns to make more mud, memories this May

DEANSBORO, N.Y. – April 4, 2023 – The Annual Daniel Barden Mudfest with main sponsor PepsiCo will return with its iconic mud, mayhem, and merriment on May 6 at the MKJ Farm in Deansboro. Mudfest – officially dubbed “The Boilermaker’s Dirty Little Brother” – is a rough-and-tumble mud run obstacle course that offers something for […]


NEW Highland Games Bring Out the Mighty

A little something for everyone. This year’s event will feature brand new obstacles, in addition to some returning favorites. Each obstacle is uniquely designed and hand-built by the Mudfest masterminds to challenge runners in ways they never imagined. New to this year’s event are the Highland Games, an exhilarating exhibition of strength that starts at […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Chalk the Walk Participation

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