Register by May 3 to guarantee an event t-shirt by packet pick up.


Don’t want to get muddy? No problem! Come out and volunteer for the Mudder’s Day Madness 5K! All volunteers will receive a FREE volunteer t-shirt. Thanks for your support of Harmony Family Center. Volunteer NOW


Good clean fun!

Are you ready for some good clean fun? Register NOW for Harmony Family Center’s 1st Annual mud run at Montvale on May 11, 2013, the Saturday before Mother’s Day! Mudder’s Day is an obstacle course designed for people age 12 and up, of all athletic abilities. While the course will be challenging enough for the “hardcore” mudders out there, it will also push you only as far as you want to be pushed.

Participants will run through the Montvale property and trail system, and be faced with about a dozen fun, challenging obstacles along the way. Oh, and did we mention there will be MUD?! Also, Mudder’s Day is different from most races you will experience. You are welcome to mud it alone, but it might be more fun to get muddy as a team and encourage each other along the way! And for those clean freaks out there who still want to participate, we will also offer a mudless, family hike. After the run, we’ll help you get cleaned up and you can visit the runner’s village where you will enjoy post-race snacks, live music, food and beverages, activities for the kids, contests, prizes, and a whole lot of fun for the entire family.

All entry fees will go toward the continued restoration of the Montvale property, which is being used for adoptive family camps, adoptive and foster family training and retreats, equine assisted therapy programs, and community use. So, grab your mudder…er…your mother, your uncle, your kids, your friends and come out for the Mudder’s Day 5K and support Harmony Family Center’s restoration of Montvale. Getting muddy never felt so good!



Packet Pick-Up – Packet (or “swag bag”) pick-up will occur all day Thursday, May 9 at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson in Maryville. In order to retrieve your swag bag, you’ll need a photo ID. Your swag bag will include your race bib with safety pins, and your Mudder’s Day Madness 5K t-shirt, as well as some other valuable giveaways. Your race bib should be secured to the front of your shirt using the provided safety pins. Packets will not be shipped. If you are a virtual runner or if you miss the race, you will be able to pick up your swag bag at a later date at Montvale.

Parking – Parking space will be very limited at Montvale, so go green, save some gas money and carpool! NOTE: THE MONTVALE GATES WILL BE CLOSED AT 9:45 IN ORDER TO ENSURE SAFETY ON THE COURSE. PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY.

What to Wear – We encourage you to wear anything you feel comfortable racing in – anything. There WILL be a prize for the best costume. It just has to be anything you don’t mind getting dirty. We do, however, recommend a solid, comfortable pair of trail or running shoes you don’t mind getting muddy. Don’t wear anything you might want to wear again. NOTE: Costumes must be appropriate for a family event. Event officials will ask you to change if they deem necessary. Keep it “clean” folks!



Proper Footwear – No open-toed shoes and no bare feet will be allowed on the course. We recommend a solid running or trail shoe with decent tread to help get you up, over, around, and through our trails, mud, and obstacles.

Proper Clothing – Dress for the elements. Be sure to check the weather and dress accordingly. We will run rain or shine, hot or cold! Costumes are not required…but are certainly encouraged!

Cash – If you feel the need to fill your belly or wet your whistle, food and drinks will be available in our Runner’s Village for CASH ONLY. No outside food or drink, with the exception of typical race day drinks, gels, energy bars, etc.

Change of Clothes/Towel – We will have a bag check, so you can leave your change of clothes/towel with us during the race and retrieve after. If you’d like to hose yourself down and tidy-up before hitting the Runner’s Village, a rinse station and enclosed men’s and women’s changing tents will be available.

Picture ID – If you would like to purchase a beverage, you will have to provide proper identification.

Great attitude and a sense of humor! This will be the most fun you have all year!



Entertainment – Once you’ve got all the mud out of your ears, you can head to the Runner’s Village to check out the music.

Refreshments – Free post-race refreshments (bagels, fruit, water, etc.) will be available at no charge to the participants. If you are looking for something a little more substantial, refuel with some delicious food from our food vendor(s).

Sponsors – Don’t forget to patronize our sponsors and vendors. Stop by for local deals and samples, as well as fun activities and contests for the whole family.

Prizes – There will be a post-race ceremony to award door prizes (you must be present to win) and race prizes in the following categories: Overall male and female winners, male and female age group winners (12-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+), top team finisher (based on slowest finishing time on the team), top all-male all-female and co-ed team, LARGEST team, best costume, and ‘Mudder’ of the Year.


How do I register a team?
To register as a team, decide what wave/start time you and your team would like to go off in and come up with a team name. There will be two waves about 20 minutes apart beginning at 10:00 am. If you are looking to win it all, the first wave may be a better spot for you, but we will time both waves. Once you’ve found a wave that works and have a team name, each person needs to register individually and enter that info when prompted during the registration process. The sooner each team member can register, the more likely you are to get a spot in the same wave. Once a wave is closed, it’s closed. We can’t add more people to a closed wave for safety reasons. We are doing our best to ensure a fun and safe event.

How big/small do teams have to be?
Teams are made up of AT LEAST 4 competitors and can be as large as you want. Each team member must register individually, but must enter or choose the team name when prompted.

Do I have to be in a team to participate?
No. You can participate as an individual or as a team.

Do I have to know how to swim to participate in the Mudder’s Day Madness 5K?
No. The mud/water on the course will be knee to waist deep and you’ll be asked to walk or run through it. No swimming necessary!

What do I get with my registration fee?
You’ll get to participate in one of the most fun, unique, challenging events you’ve ever done! As a mud runner, your registration fee also entitles you to a Mudder’s Day Madness 5K t-shirt, a free lunch, a “swag bag” with lots of cool freebies, and other great stuff like music, entertainment, and the benefit of knowing that you are helping the Harmony Family Center in its renovation of Montvale and expand its services to more children, families, and the community. Family Hike participants will receive a t-shirt, swag bag, and the post-race festivities. Lunch will be available for purchase. Virtual runners will receive a t-shirt and swag bag.

I am not in the best of shape, can I still participate?
The course will definitely be challenging. Please read the waiver carefully and consult a physician if you have any questions as to whether or not you are physically fit enough to safely complete the course. The event is timed, but you may tackle the course as fast or slow as is comfortable to you. We recommend some light cardio a couple times per week paired with some upper body strengthening to help you get up and over the obstacles. However, you’ll have the option to bypass any obstacle that you’re not comfortable tackling (there will be a slight time penalty for bypassing an obstacle).

I am pregnant/have a medical issue, can I still participate?
Good question…please consult your physician before registering.

What if I can’t complete a particular obstacle?
All obstacles will be manageable. We would like you to try to complete each obstacle, but if you feel you can’t then you can go around for a slight time penalty. Unfortunately, there is no way around the hills, so you can’t skip those. But, you can take it as fast or slow as you want.

What is the minimum age to participate?
The minimum age to participate is 12. Anyone under the age of 18 participating must have a parent/guardian complete the registration form and waiver for them.

Can I use another person’s registration?
No, we are unable to issue registration transfers or refunds.