Where is the Mudfest?

The Daniel Barden Mudfest takes place at MKJ Farms. For directions, click here.

What time can we pick up our bibs & T-shirts?

Gates will open around 7 a.m. We will be asking for a $5 parking donation. The money raised for parking is returned to the local EMS and firefighters who make our event safe for everyone. They are an essential part of the event so thank you in advance for your support. Bib & T-shirt pick up will start at 7:30 a.m. Please bring photo I.D. if you expect to be drinking alcoholic beverages at the post-race party. Expect an email confirmation 1-2 weeks before the event.

What time does the event start?

  • 5 Mile Timed Run – Ages 13+; starts at 8:30 or 8:45 a.m. (two heats)
  • 5k Timed Run – Ages 13+; starts at 9:30 a.m. (one heat only)
  • 5k Untimed Run – Ages 11+, heats every 15 minutes beginning at 10:00 a.m.
  • Kids Fun Run – Ages 5-11; three heats at 11:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.

If you are running as a team, which we encourage, let your teammates know the time you want to run and meet at that time. We recommend getting there between half an hour and an hour before your heat.

What should I bring?

A pair of sneakers that you don’t mind getting filthy or ruined. Same applies to your clothes. We do not recommend cotton clothing, sweatshirts or anything too bulky. They will weigh you down and fill with mud. We would like everyone to wear a kilt, but it is not required. There will NOT be a bag drop. Be sure to bring a towel and a clean set of everything to change into after you finish. Parking will close so you should be able to easily go to your car afterwards. Warm water showers/hoses WILL be provided. A garbage bag might not be a bad idea for your dirty clothes!

Are there water and aid stations on the course?

We will have at least two water station on the 5k course and another for the 5 mile which follows along the 5k for most of the run. For more information on locations throughout the course, please talk to an event official on the event day.

Can I skip an obstacle?

The Mud Run is not supposed to be about getting a faster time than your buddy, so it’s fine by us if you want to skip an obstacle. The way we see it, you are there to have fun and get a real sense of achievement at the end. If you think a particular obstacle isn’t going to do this for you, just go around it—no shame there. However, if you are skipping an obstacle just to improve your time, then we think you’re only cheating yourself. You paid to run the course. Why not actually do it?

What if I can’t make it?

Sorry, there will be no refunds. See if a friend can take your place. This must be done through the registration website or by contacting us at [email protected].


Is the entry fee per person or per team?

The entry fee is per person.

Can I register the day of the event?

Yes, but come early please. You are NOT guaranteed the free T-shirt that is included with the registration, however.

You can also register the Friday evening before at MKJ Farms between 4-7. Keep an eye on Facebook for the most up-to-date information.

Is there a limit on the number on a team?

No! The more, the merrier.

Are teams required to finish as one?

Team members can choose to run the course at their own pace, but some might say, “Where is the camaraderie in that?” Or, “Run and finish collectively as a group? Now that’s tough!”


We have reserved a block rooms at the following hotels for your convenience, mention Daniel Barden Mudfest when booking. Reservations are good until April 3 – book now!

Hampton Inn & Suites New Hartford (315) 793-1600
Homewood Suites New Hartford (315) 801-7200
Blueberry Brook Farm Resort (315) 316-5767


Do I have to sign a waiver to participate?

Yes. When you registered you were required to initial a waiver in case anything were to happen.


What time does the Kids Run start?

The Kids Run will begin around 11 a.m. Parents are welcome to run with their children and take photos. We recommend parent participation for younger children.


Can I bring food or drinks to the race?

No, however food and beverages will be available for purchase, cash only. Live music will also be a part of the post-race party.


What can spectators bring to the Mudfest?

We allow you to bring lawn chairs, strollers, video recorders, cameras, and purses/bags. We cannot allow outside food, alcohol, or any pets into the event. We will provide transportation for spectators to watch and cheer for the athletes along different sections of the course.


I have not heard from the volunteer coordinator yet. What do I do?

We will be in contact with you 1-2 weeks before the event.


Can I get a refund?

No. We do not issue refunds, regardless of circumstance, nor do we issue partial refunds, as per policy and the terms & conditions that are agreed to by each participant during registration. Don’t forget, this is a charity event, after all.