Mud Dog Run a new event at Shenandoah fairgrounds

Woodstock will be getting down and dirty to test run a new race at the fairgrounds this year.

The Shenandoah County Fairgrounds was scheduled to host the Clickit Events’ first ShamRuck on Saturday, but project manager Mark Stevanus said low attendance caused the company to cancel the race last week.

Those who had already signed up could get a refund or exchange their registration to attend the ShamRuck in Frederick, Maryland, next weekend or wait until April for either Frederick or Woodstock’s Mud Dog Run. Woodstock’s Mud Dog Run is scheduled for April 16 at the fairgrounds, and Stevanus said the race’s obstacle creator is already hard at work.

“Our obstacle guys have been down there a couple times,” he said. “We use Google maps, we construct a trail and then we go down and walk it.”

He estimated that obstacles will be driven down and put into place about a week before the event.

“We do have to do some construction and we will have to make some muddy spots – it is a mud run,” he said.

Runners can anticipate getting a bit of a mud bath on a 5K course with a number of obstacles and a giant slip and slide – a fan favorite, according to Stevanus. Participation also includes some Mud Dog Run goodies and access to post-run entertainment.

Tom Eshelman, general manager of the Shenandoah County Fair, said he had been looking at a number of options for a number of years in order to bring a challenge course to the area.

“We’re going to hope that the community supports this event,” he said. “We’re hoping that they’ll come back year after year.”

Stevanus said the timing was perfect, as his team was considering new locations when Eshelman came to them. Frederick has hosted 15 of Clickit Events’ races so far. Proceed percentages from the Mud Dog Runs benefit Platoon 22, a nonprofit raising awareness and support for veterans with post-traumatic stress.

Stevanus said the Mud Dog Run’s zombie edition in October is another hit, where course “zombies” attempt to deplete participants’ “lives” by stealing flags attached to a belt.

“What we’re hoping … is that that we could also bring the zombie run down there at some point, too,” he said.

IF YOU GO: April 16 at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds, 300 Fairground Road in Woodstock. Online registration is $61 until April 10, $69 on April 10 and $75 at the event. Parking is $10. Learn more about Woodstock’s Mud Dog Run at http://tinyurl.com/zwekf9y.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com