The Little Rock Marathon has announced that registration for the Mud Run—affectionately known as Little Rock’s Dirtiest 5K—is now open. A project of Little Rock Parks & Recreation, the Mud Run will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, at War Memorial Park.


Geneva Lamm, Mud Run organizer, says this year’s event will feature a new team challenge element called Mud, Guts & Glory. This old-school tug-of-war challenge involves six teams competing in a bracket-format tournament for glory and the championship.


“We started the Mud Run to introduce people to the sport of running to people who would have never considered it before,” Lamm said. “It’s a big change of pace from your typical road race, which is great, but we wanted to add a more competitive element to the event.”


According to Lamm, part of the glory of the Mud Run is not to finish fast but “to finish in style.”


Lamm says race organizers hope that adding Mud, Guts & Glory to the event’s roster will attract people who are drawn to the competitive finish that the Mud Run doesn’t offer.


“Not everyone wants to run or walk. Tug-of-war opens the day to people who work out but aren’t into running,” Lamm said. 


This event shares the same mission as the Little Rock Marathon—to provide a premier event open to athletes of all abilities, promote a healthy lifestyle through running and walking, and raise money for Little Rock Parks & Recreation.


Although the two events share a mission, participants who have only run on Little Rock Marathon Weekend might be surprised at how laid-back events around the Mud Run can be. Additionally, Mud Run shares another similarity with the marathon, costumes and themes are highly encouraged for both the run and the tug-of-war competition.




Registration for Mud Run or Mud, Guts & Glory is $25 through July 16, $30 in advance after that, and $45 the day of. The Mud Bug, a special event for kids 10 and under, is $15 through July 16, $20 in advance after that, and $25 the day of. 


Race Day Timeline of Events for the Mud Run and Mud, Guts & Glory:

  • 7 a.m. – Late registration and packet pick-up opens
  • 7:50 a.m. – Presentation of official types (the VIPs and such)
  • 7:55 a.m. – Reading of the rules and other silly stuff that’s also important and needs to be said out loud
  • 8:01-ish a.m. – Official Mud Run start (or as close to that as possible) 
  • 8:25 a.m. – Mud Bug Waller
  • 8:45 a.m. – Awards ceremony and other official stuff
  • 9:30 a.m.– Official Mud, Guts & Glory start


For more information about the 2024 Mud Run or Mud, Guts & Glory, click here. To learn more about the Little Rock Marathon, visit its official website. 


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