19731 Bunker Hill Road in Woodstock, IL.
Arrival & Registration 1:00 pm – Mud Run Begins at 2:00 pm
19731 Bunker Hill Road in Woodstock, IL.
Welcome to your private mud run event at Bunker Hill Farms, followed by an incredible evening of great food, music and friends. The mud run course is ready, and we have an amazing venue for your evening that we know you are going to enjoy. We know mud runs aren’t for everyone, so ours is geared towards having a great time, but it will allow you to challenge yourself along the way if you wish! Just remember to stay with your running partners (some obstacles are easier together). Volunteers will be available to assist you, but skip any obstacle you don’t feel comfortable completing. Take your time, have fun and we’ll have a cold one waiting for you at the finish!
Below you’ll find details like directions, what to expect and a basic agenda for the evening. Please take a few minutes to read through all the information, not only so you’re prepared, but there are some important safety tips as well!
SAFETY: We want everyone to be safe, so please always enter and exit each obstacle as a team, being mindful of where each of you are at all times, especially when tackling 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 Fire Department and EMT’s will also be on-site during the race in case of any emergency.
- DO NOT DIVE INTO ANY WATER.
- If you cannot swim, do NOT attempt any of the water obstacles.
- Obstacle 21: 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 8-17. 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 8-17. The area where Obstacles 8-17 are set up contains the majority of these airborne allergens. Just after Obstacle 8, you will see a water station and porta-potty. If you do not wish to attempt Obstacles on the North side, we suggest accompanying your group to Obstacle 9, then waiting at the water station for your team to finish the loop on the north side.
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, only one loop of the course is allowed.
Below is a rough, aerial map of the course, along with each obstacle’s name, which should give you a clue as to what to expect. Hopefully, we’ve included enough info to get you excited, yet left out just enough to keep you guessing or completely surprise you!
Remember, any obstacle can be skipped, and the entire course can be walked. Go at your pace and have fun!
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PARKING & DIRECTIONS: 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 at the entrance – a gated gravel drive marked with orange cones. We will not require parking passes for your event, so please tell the gate staff you are arriving for the YPO Event and follow the road all the way around over two bridges to our parking area. There will be a volunteer parking assistant to help direct you to the right spot.
After you park, you will be directed to the registration and start/finish area. Bring any race gear, towels, post-race supplies or specialty drinks but please (NO GLASS CONTAINERS). You will be able to go back to your car to get any change of clothes or supplies to freshen up before being taken to the dinner reception. Bring only what you will need for the mud run.
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WHEN YOU EXIT AFTER THE EVENT, do not turn your car around, continue on 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). Then 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. We aren’t fans of having to check in, but we’re going to be quick! Once you are checked in, please continue to the lawn area where you can stretch, have a drink and get ready with your running partners.
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 1:00 pm. Please allow enough time to park and walk to the registration. We will start the run at 2:00 pm and most will be finished by 3:30 – 4:00 pm. After your finish line beer, you can get anything you need from your vehicle and freshen up in the lodge locker room (we will assist with golf carts to help you get back and forth). Showers will be available for you and we will have incidental toiletries in case anything is forgotten. Drinks and mingling will be on the back lawn before you will be taken to the North Side for your dinner party at 5:00 pm. Dinner will run from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm and will include a BBQ Truck and live music in our new barn venue!
WEATHER: We will monitor the weather closely and send any necessary updates or changes to you by 6:00 am the morning of your event. 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 a towel, sunscreen, your dinner clothes and anything that you need to get ready. We will have incidental toiletries available for anything you may have forgotten as well as snacks and drinks for you between the mud run and dinner, but there will be plenty of space if you want to bring a cooler. Please NO GLASS CONTAINERS. Water and snacks stations are provided throughout the course, but please use garbage cans at course stations and throughout the start/finish area. We appreciate your cooperation in respecting the property, landscaping, and golf course greens and fairways.
WHAT TO WEAR: Dri-fit clothes 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 and a T-shirt will be provided for you, and we recommend you wear the socks (and probably necessary for the cable pull over the water). We know they 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. We will also have soap and shampoo for washing off in the lake afterwards if you like. You may also bring your own, but please make sure it doesn’t contain any phosphates. There is an outdoor shower on the back side of the lodge, just a few steps from the brick path from the garage to the beach. You are welcome to use this as well before you change for dinner. It drains right into the lake so mud is not a problem. Please leave the temperature controls where they are. Pull the chain to turn the water on. Again, no shampoo or soap containing any phosphates, please.
There will be indoor showers available, but please be quick to allow everyone enough time to get ready before dinner. We will have incidental toiletries for anything you forget, but please bring what you need to get ready for diner.
SPECTATORS: We suggest that spectators watch the start, then walk the short course route to Obstacles 3 & 4 and venture over to Elsa’s Hill # 6 to watch the shenanigans happening over there. After that, we suggest venturing over to Obstacle 24 (where you are welcome to participate – you’ll see what we mean). From the hill off to the side, you can view Obstacles 23, 24 & 25, but be sure to follow to 27 & 28. You won’t want to miss the reactions and the comedic twists we’ve thrown into the course.
The real muddy stuff is at Obstacles 3 and 13, but obstacle 14 will be the messiest for sure! Although these make for good viewing, they are at the furthest point of the course and make for a long walk. To maximize your experience and avoid the risk of poison ivy, poison oak and ticks, we strongly suggest you avoid walking to Obstacles 13 & 14.
After you see your team finish 27 & 28, you will want to head back towards the start/finish to grab a cold one on the beach to watch everyone finish! We anticipate some of the first racers will be coming through the finish line at 3:30.
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