Run Down and Dirty For A Great Cause in Harare with the Mud Run

It’s the time of year when we all take stock of our lives and the changes we wish to make. Some of us even are bold enough to write down or announce on social media our resolutions for the new year.  We pledge to get into shape and lose weight, to have fun with friends and family, to give to others and donate to good causes.

The 2016 Husqvarna Mud Run on Saturday, 9 January 2016, is a perfect opportunity to start the new year off right and follow all of these resolutions.

The Mud Run, hosted by Innovate High Performance Center in Emerald Hill, Harare, is a 2.5 km dirt cross country course with plenty of mud and water pits, hills and obstacles guaranteed to cover you in mud and make you laugh out loud while you exercise to finish the course.  All proceeds will benefit KidzCan Zimbabwe, who work with children diagnosed and living with cancer.  Last year, the Mud Run raised an impressive $13,000 for KidzCan, and hope to top that amount this year, through the $10 participation fee for each runner as well as from sponsorships from local corporate partners.

A parallel fundraising effort that is part of the Mud Run is the shoe drop, where they appeal to runners to bring in gently used pairs of shoes to Innovate between now and the day of the run.  In 2015, they collected over 120 pairs of shoes which they donated to a variety of groups including the Harare Athletics Club development program, ZeeBags Community Program and Matusadona Anti-Poaching Unit.  Innovate’s goal is to double the number of shoes they collect this year for redistribution.

The race registration starts at 9.30am on Saturday, 9 January with the racers starting off at 1030am.  All ages are welcome and there will be food, drink, and activities all day alongside the race, as well as prizes to be won for those running.