Plenty of mud, music and memories await at annual event

Published Apr 4, 2018 at 4:00pm

DEANSBORO — Runners, spectators and volunteers are preparing for the time of their life at the 6th annual Daniel Barden Mudfest.

The event, which has been coined “the Boilermaker’s Dirty Little Brother,” is happening Saturday, April 14 at MKJ Farm on West Hughes Road.

The event features a 5-mile race, 5K run and a kids half-mile obstacle course.  

The Mudfest is known for it’s eclectic and creative obstacles ranging from the Warped Imagination Wall to the Irish Ninja Warrior. While the old favorites will be back, we have some new, exciting additions this year, including a Slip N’ Slide, according to event officials.

Spectators and athletes will be treated to music along the course with Gary Robertson, Jr., The Old Main, DJ Mikey and DJ Rockin’ Ron. On the big stage for the post-race party, runners and spectators will hear the Swamp Drivers, Grit n’ Grace, Simple Props, Third Stone Blues and Alternate Universe.

Local fare including Ray Brothers BBQ and plenty of other options from wood-fired pizza will also be avalable.

The Mudfest proceeds will benefit the Daniel Barden Adventure Scholarship. Winners will participate in a 78-mile canoe leadership experience through the Adirondacks in July. As part of the application process, teens name a charity that affects them in some way.

Last year, 12 eighth-graders from central New York and Connecticut pushed themselves to unimagined lengths as they paddled, camped and meditated in the Adirondack wilderness. They chose a charity that affected them in some way, and $3,900 was donated to each of those charities, totaling $46,600.

The Daniel Barden Mudfest also contributed to the Boilermaker’s Charity Bib program by donating $2,000 to the Midtown Utica Community Center (MUCC), which gave refugees the opportunity to participate in this hallmark event.

Daniel Barden was one of the first-graders killed in the Sandy Hook, Conn. tragedy in December 2012. A niece of the organizers of the event was inside Sandy Hook Elementary School that day. She escaped physically unharmed, but her dear friend and next-door neighbor Daniel, did not. Daniel was a kind and gentle child, who touched the hearts of everyone he met, prompting the creation of the local event in his honor.

Athletes may register for the Daniel Barden Mudfest at online until midnight on Wednesday, April 11. People may also register in person on Friday, April 12 from 4-7 p.m. at the Clinton VFW  or the morning of the event at MKJ Farm in Deansboro.