There will be mud in their eyes, dripping off their noses and squishing through their toes.
And no doubt mud will decorate other parts of the anatomies of participants in the fifth Mud on the Mountain Adventure Challenge Nov. 2 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.
Twenty-five challenging obstacles scattered across 7.73 miles of demanding mountain terrain have drawn registrants from as far away as Britain, spokeswoman Anna Weltz said.
Several new obstacles will be introduced to the goopy mix of ponds, boulder fields and steep inclines, some of which have been "lengthened, tweaked and modified," she said. Translation: more mud.
"Our team thrives on creating new challenges for our participants," said marketing director Alex Moser.
The popularity of the first endurance event prompted Seven Springs to host a second one last November that, thanks to 18 inches of snow generated by the remnants of Superstorm Sandy, provided an additional challenge to the participants as well as the resort.
As usual, the participants will run off in waves of 200 beginning at 9 a.m. The Elite Heat, a timed event for participants who want an additional challenge, will begin at 8 a.m. The top five men and women will receive a trophy fashioned from parts of a snowmaking tower.
Nicholas Lieb, 26, of Pittsburgh and Anne Petrof, 39, of Ligonier were the top two Elite Heat winners in May. They completed the course in 1:10:52 and 1:35:44, respectively.
The event costs $85 per person. Registration closes Oct. 27. All participants must be at least 18. Details: www.mudonthemountain.com.
Lawrence Walsh writes about outdoor activities for the Post-Gazette. First Published October 19, 2013 8:00 PM