When Ravalli County Weed District manager Kellieann Morris took a look at the long-range forecast for Saturday, Oct. 12, about a month ago, she just shook her head in disbelief.
It was the only day in weeks that called for rain.
Last year, the weed district’s mud run happened on a soggy day and she had a hard time believing that history was going to repeat itself.
With the start of this year’s annual mud run just days away, the weather forecast is a lot brighter. It’s calling for mostly sunny skies with temperatures in the mid-50s.
“It’s going to be perfect,” Morris said.
On Monday, Morris and other Ravalli County Weed District employees were hard at work putting the finishing touches on the second annual RC Mudders for Conservation fundraiser they are calling “Run of the Dead Mud Run and Haunted House.”
The event will run from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Ravalli County Airport on Saturday. In addition to this Saturday, the haunted house will also be open the following two weekends on Friday and Saturday night from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Similar to last year, the 5K Run in the mud features 17 obstacles. There’s also a shorter course set aside for youngsters. Unlike last year, the fun with mud doesn’t stop when folks reach the finish line. This year’s event also features a mud wrestling pit, a glow-in-the-dark paint slide, squirt gun paint wars and a bonfire with a free s’mores bar.
And when folks are done with that — or if they skip the mud run and just want a chance to be scared — there is a 30-by-50-foot, 17-room haunted house that will be filled with frightening ghouls, ghosts and goblins from Trapper Creek Job Corps.
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Last Saturday, about 30 Trapper Creek students turned out to help build the haunted house and put the finishing touches on mud run course. Morris expects to see more than 50 on the day of the event.
“Everyone who is helping out that day will be dressed in a creepy costume,” she said. “It should be a good way to get everyone in the mood for Halloween.”
Tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting rcmudders.com or by calling 406-777-5842. Tickets are $35 for adults or $10 for kids 10 and under. People using the website to purchase tickets can save $10 by entering “get muddy” in coupon code space.
Tickets will also be available on the day of the event.
Ticket holders can opt to come first to participate in the mud run (finishers receive a T-shirt, glow stick and a medal) and then go home, change clothes and return later to take for a tour of the haunted house, to watch mud wrestling, sample some food from a food truck or enjoy a s'more around the bonfire.
Before they wash all that mud off, participants will want to take advantage of the photo booth for some pictures with their friends.
All the money raised from the event will be used to support youth conservation programs in Ravalli County, Morris said.
“All of the programs we support are important for our community,” Morris said. “We think this is going to be a great event for the community for years to come. This is the opening weekend of antelope season. Wives can send their husbands off and pack up the kids and come on down. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”