Scenic City Mud Run to offer course for youth with special needs

Scenic City Mud Run to offer course for youth with special needs

August 21st, 2019 by Mark Pace in Breaking News

September's Scenic City Mud Run will offer an adaptive youth course thanks to a partnership between race organizers and Siskin Children's Institute.

The 1-mile youth course was designed in part by parents of youth athletes with special needs. Several adult adaptive athletes have also already registered to tackle the full 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) obstacle course.

The race will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, at Greenway Farms in Hixson.

Coaches will be able to assist those with special needs as they complete the 1-mile youth course that will also be used for participants 11 and younger.

This year's event will support Lionhearts Fitness youth nonprofit program and its Obstacle Course Racing Team. The nonprofit is a Chattanooga and North Georgia area program created to serve the fitness needs of all children, without exception.

"We are so thrilled to partner with Lionheart Fitness and Youth and the Scenic City Mud Run to design and develop an adaptive course for kids of all ages to participate in this outdoor community event, " said Lisa Spurlock, coordinator of the Family Voices of Tennessee, Southeast Partnership at Siskin Children's Institute, in a news release. "We look forward to seeing many children and families enjoy this fun outdoor event."

The 5kĀ full obstacle course race will include constructed and natural barriers as well as lots of mud. Racers will have to climb, crawl, swing across monkey bars, carry sand bags, crawl under barbed wire and more.

The race utilizes technical trail with rocks, hill climbs and descents while encompassing the natural landscape of the park.

Pricing ranges from $50 for the kids and adaptive races to $75 for the full even. Many of the race waves have sold out.