Choiceland Volunteers Getting Down & Dirty to Raise Funds

(Last Updated On: June 1, 2018)

Due to cold temperatures forecast for Saturday, June 2nd, the Cougars Mud Run has been postponed until the next day, Sunday June 3rd.

The William Mason School Cougars need a new outdoor basketball court. A group of volunteers in Choiceland have devised a really dirty way to raise funds for the project.

Leave your quads, bikes and scooters at home, because you’ll be hoofing it on this run.

The Cougars Mud Run on Saturday June 2nd, 2018 will be an approximately 3 km “run”, with a few obstacles along the way, ending with some surprises at the sports ground.

And by “run” they mean  walk, run, hop, skip, dance or cartwheel your way through the course, but you’ll be using your own two feet. The only exception to that may be some wheel chair bound participants who really like to live on the edge! The organizers encourage those in wheel chairs or with other disabilities to contact them for more information about the course.

Am I going to get dirty?

Seriously? Yes, yes you’ll get dirty, if you take advantage of the muddy awesomeness they have prepared for you! You’ll get covered in mud, dust, dirt etc., but it’s not like you’ll contract the plague. Take usual precautions with scrapes and scratches to be totally safe, but other than that enjoy it! They suggest you wear clothing and shoes that either you are happy to scrub, or happy to chuck away afterwards. And by ‘chuck away’ they mean take home with you, and throw out there.

Do I need to be a mega super awesome runner to do this?

LOL, NO. There are plenty of other places to test your speed. This is all about a dirty, muddy, crazy day with friends and family.

Is race timed?

This is not a timed event. Runners tend to take their sweet time out there and they realize no one really cares about their speed. They suggest self-timing for anyone desiring a finish time.

It’s about taking part, there are no losers, only winners. You!

Can I take photos or film at the event?

Snap away! This is a great event to get great visuals for your memories, to post to Insta, Facebook or Twitter and such. They welcome anyone to photograph or film at their event so please, come along, enjoy the event and take shots until your colourful heart is content. All they ask is that you use their hashtag #CougarsMudRun. If you are having too much fun to bother taking pictures, don’t stress, they hope to have a helicopter at this event taking photographs and video’s and these images will be available online after the event, so make sure your entrant number is visible or wear a bright coloured hat.

Can spectators attend?

Yes – Food and drinks are available all day at the canteen near the finish line, so spectators are free to come down and watch the fun, however as the mud run goes through some forest trails and over some rough ground out in the country, places to watch are limited, but you are most welcome to bring along a folding chair and watch the fun at the start, and as they enter the sports ground to finish (this is where most obstacles will be situated).

Is there an age limit for younger runners?

No – entry is for all ages.

How many obstacles are there?

More than 5, less than 10,000. Feel free to count as you go.

Can I run with my dog?

Sorry, NO DOGS or fury friends at the event. You’ll possibly smell like a wet dog as it is.

What if an obstacle is too hard?

They aren’t the police, you know. The obstacles are easy enough but they also want you to enjoy your day, so if you need to go around one, then by all means do it! No biggie; move on.

Is water supplied?

Food and drinks are available to purchase at the canteen near the finish line, and will be manned and managed by Choiceland’s museum volunteers.  However entrants are encouraged to BYO water if they need lubrication during the event. Please note, in June it can get as hot as h***, so take sun and heat protection precautions.

Do you have “cleaning stations” at the finish line?

The Choiceland Fire Department will be on hand to hose you down.

Can I create a team?
Why not! Get a band of mates together, dress in questionable outfits, and call yourselves a team. To ensure you stay together, it’s advisable that you all enter and pay together to ensure you all get the same heat.

Am I likely to get hurt?

This Mud Run is meant to be a bit challenging, not like a sparta/ironman event, but will cross dirt fields, forest tracks and uneven rough ground. The course may be covered with sticks, burrs and rocks, and possibly deer poo, because this event happens in the outdoors. It’ll also be summer and very probably hot as h***, so they advise you to use your common sense and be prepared. The course runs adjacent to the town’s lagoons, however this is not part of the course – it is gross, and as such carries its own hazards. They also run adjacent to a railway line, although there won’t be any train running that day .Please do not trespass onto railway property, it is dangerous and you may face a fine.

Is there first aid available?

If first aid is required along the track, locate the nearest volunteer and they will assist you. However if it’s more than just a band aid or help back to your vehicle, you will be responsible for transport and treatment at any hospital you need to attend.


All participants are encouraged not to smoke during the event and must​ abide by any fire bans to eliminate the possibility of a wildfire.

You can find out more about the Cougars Mud Run on their website, Facebook Page or Twitter account;



Cougars Mud Run web site



Post Author: Joanne Francis

Joanne Francis is the Editor and Journalist for Nipawin News