19731 Bunker Hill Road in Woodstock, IL.
Parking and Registration 6:45 – 7:30 am – First wave starts at 7:50 am
19731 Bunker Hill Road in Woodstock, IL.
It’s almost time for the Muddy Bunker VI and we hope you are as excited as we are! This years puts the highlight on a good time with our first ever Rockin’ After Party on the lake featuring Lava Rock. With amazing new obstacles, as well as some favorites from last year, this year’s course will not disappoint. Just remember to stay with your team, skip any obstacles you don’t feel comfortable completing and have a great time!
Below you’ll find details including directions, parking passes, your racer number, and your start time. Please take a few minutes to read through all the information, to ensure you have a fun and safe Muddy Bunker VI.
SAFETY: We want everyone to be safe, so please always enter and exit each obstacle as a team, being mindful of where your teammates are at all times, especially when tackling those obstacles that feature water. There are several obstacles that pose a serious risk of injury if you fall or are not a strong swimmer, so please only participate in obstacles that you are confident you can complete safely. If you don’t feel 100% safe tackling any particular obstacle, skip over it. Don’t take any unnecessary risks! You may run, jog, or even walk the entire course. Staff will be present at almost every obstacle to assist with any questions or concerns. The Harvard Fire Department will also be on-site during the race.
- DO NOT DIVE INTO ANY WATER.
- If you cannot swim, do NOT attempt any of the water obstacles.
- Obstacle 23: Use great caution near the waterfall. It is very shallow, with lots of rocks and stones to help prevent erosion. Don’t jump into the water at the waterfall, even from just a few feet. Volunteers and lifeguards will be able to assist in any emergency.
ROAD AND TRAIL SAFETY:
- Stay on the course and the trails, especially on the north side of the course. If you stray from the trails, you may encounter poison ivy, poison oak, poison parsnip, and ticks.
- You will cross over Bunker Hill Road to get to Obstacles 8-18. Racers will need to yield to cars. Race-in-progress signs will be displayed prominently and volunteers will be on-hand to keep things running smoothly. Please use caution while crossing the road and run on the shoulder to the entrance of the marked trail.
- If you are prone to allergies or sensitive to airborne allergens DO NOT attempt Obstacles 8-18. The area where Obstacles 8-18 are set up contain the majority of these airborne allergens. If you wish to skip these obstacles, you can wait at the water station for your team just after Obstacle 8 (but we recommend you complete Obstacles 8, 9 & 10 first, then go back to wait at the water station). Your team will pass this water station on their way back to the south side of the road.
- Compression socks are recommended for Obstacle 24, which is a cable over water.
THE COURSE: The course consists of 32 obstacles, each clearly marked, with volunteers stationed along the way to help direct you. Please stay on the designated trails and avoid any wet, soft or landscaped areas. For logistical and safety reasons, each racer is allowed only one loop of the course.
Below is a tentative aerial map of the course, along with each obstacle’s name, which hints at what to expect. Hopefully, we’ve included enough information to get you excited, yet leave you surprised the day of the run!
Remember, any obstacle can be skipped, and the entire course can be walked!
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PARKING & DIRECTIONS: If possible, please carpool, and don’t forget to have your team name and parking pass handy. You will enter from Bunker Hill Road (not Brookdale), 1.5 miles west of route 14 (between Tina Drive and Menge). (For your GPS – 19731 Bunker Hill Road, Woodstock, IL 60098) That will put you right about at the entrance – a gravel drive marked with orange cones. Go through the cones and follow the road all the way around over two bridges to the parking area. There will be a volunteer parking assistant to help direct you to the right spot. Only paid participants and spectators will be admitted.
IF DIRECTED TO PARK ALONG THE ROAD, PLEASE PARK TO THE RIGHT. With the soft grass, we need everyone to park with all four tires still on the gravel. Make sure there is still room for another car to get by you on the left. When ready, walk up the gravel road over the second bridge and you will be directed to registration. Bring all your race gear, towels and any supplies you need with you to registration (NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR BEVERAGE). Each person will register individually under their last name, not their team name.
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WHEN YOU EXIT AFTER THE EVENT, do not turn your car around, continue down the gravel drive toward the lodge to the Brookdale Road exit (do not turn left on the gravel service road before you get to the gate). Go through the gate (which will open automatically) and go right on Brookdale which will take you back to Dunham Road.
Check-In Procedure – Volunteers from Bunker Hill Charities and our partner agencies will be handling check-in and handing out goodie bags. If you haven’t marked your racer number on your arm and leg before you arrive, an area with markers will be set up before check-in, but please try to mark yourself before check-in. Once you are checked in, please continue to the lawn area where you can stretch, have a drink and get ready with your team. Please reserve any non-race-related questions until after the race so that we may quickly process everyone in time for the start.
We want to thank all our volunteers and partners in advance. Our excellent volunteers and partners are a huge part of making this a fun and safe event!
SCHEDULE: Registration/check-in is at 6:45 am to 7:30 am. Please allow enough time to park and walk to the registration area. The waves will start at 7:50am (the competitive wave) followed by the remaining waves starting at 8:00am. No same-day registration or late starts will be allowed. Video and photographs will be taken. Please be mindful of drones along the course, and don’t forget to smile for the camera!
START WAVE TIMES: Your starting wave time is listed in your email. Please start at the proper time with your team to avoid any congestion at any of the obstacles.
WEATHER: We will monitor the weather closely and send any necessary updates or changes to you by 6:00 am the morning of the race. If there is a weather emergency during the race, a horn will sound and you will be directed to the nearest shelter.
WHAT TO BRING: Bring your ID, all participants will need to show ID for Over 21 Wristbands (even if you aren’t drinking alcohol). Bring a towel, perhaps a change of clothes (there will be designated changing areas), and cash to purchase food or beverage from one of our gourmet food trucks. You can bring waters and a pre-race snack, but any additional outsode food or beverage is discouraged.
Food & Beverage Options: Food options will be provided by Toasty Cheese and Swirl Cafe food trucks. They will feature a selection of their most popular items for purchase from 10:00 am to 2:00pm. No outside meals or alcohol will be permitted. Our food and beverage vendors are generously donating portions of proceeds, so we hope you enjoy the services offered and the charitable impact of purchasing them. Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and beer will be available for purchase as well as a bottomless beer cup. Please utilize garbage cans throughout the start/finish area. We appreciate your cooperation in respecting the property.
WHAT TO WEAR: Dri-fit clothes (especially shirts) are highly recommended. A trail shoe that drains is preferable, but gym shoes will work just fine. Gloves are optional but not necessary. Compression socks (that go to the knee) or some other protection to the knee is recommended (and probably necessary for the cable pull over the water). We know that compression socks aren’t exactly high-fashion, but in this case we think they’re a must, especially to help protect you from ticks, poison oak, and poison ivy.
FACILITIES: We will have porta-potties and hand-washing stations at the start/finish and two different locations on the course, all of which will be marked. There will be designated changing areas for you to use before and after the run. The last obstacle is a quick swim in the lake and provides a great opportunity to rinse off. Please bring a towel if needed.
SPECTATORS: Spectators must go through registration with their teams (where they will also receive a goodie bag).
We suggest that spectators watch the start, then follow along the course to the first 5 obstacles. After that, we suggest venturing over to Obstacle 25. You will pass by obstacle 23 and be able to watch obstacles 25 & 26, but we highly recommend you participate in number 25 (you’ll see what we mean). From there you can head over to 27 – 31 then venture to the finish for a cold beverage and Lava Rock!
The real muddy stuff is at Obstacles 2 and 16. Although obstacle 16 makes for good viewing, it’s at the furthest point in the course. To maximize your experience and avoid the risk of poison ivy, poison oak and ticks, we highly recommend you do not walk to Obstacles 15 & 16.
It’s hard to predict where you team will be at what time, but we anticipate some of the first teams from the 8:00am wave to be coming through the finish line starting around 9:30 am.
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