Mud Dash charts course around the Racquette

Published on March 5, 2014

Phil Robertson has checked the Racquette and says there’s plenty of mud for the Lobster Bash Mud Dash.

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The Lobster Bash has added an event to help people cool off this summer and maybe get a little muddy too.

The Mud Dash, scheduled for Saturday, July 5, will be a 3-kilometre run at lowtide through the mud, sand and water of the Racquette at the north end of Digby.

“I’m pretty sure there’s plenty of mud,” said organizer Phillip Robertson after a quick reconnaissance walk recently. “We’ll set the course so people don’t miss the fun parts.”

The run will start from the beach below the Cannon Banks, go across the sandbar at the mouth of the Racquette and around the mudflats counterclockwise and back to the start.

There is some shallow water to cross, some sand and rocks and, as Robertson said, a little bit of mud.

The Mud Dash will make four runs for the Digby area plus the Terry Fox Run fundraiser and Ocean Blue school event. The Scallywag 8k in Smith’s Cove in August also takes runners through the mud of the Annapolis Basin but around Bear Island.

“This is something a little shorter, for the runner who can’t run 8k, well they should give this a try,” said Robertson. “We wanted it to be fun but not a serious competition. Messy and fun was our idea.”

Robertson says Neil Pothier, a Lobster Bash board member, gave them the idea after running the Not Since Moses race on the mudflats of Economy near Parrsboro.

Pothier lives above the Racquette and thought it would be a good place to hold a mud run.

“And it’s handy to town,” said Robertson.

The $10 entry fee comes with a t-shirt if you register by June 2. Registration forms are available online or at Digby Area Recreation and can be turned in at DARC offices at the rink.

Organizers will be offering prizes for the first adult male and female and youth male and female plus random draw prizes too.

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