Mud Run Safety

mud run safety

What Is A Mud Run? 

A mud run is an event where individuals and teams attempt obstacles that involve water and mud. Participants go into pools of water and mud while completing these obstacles. Mud has bad bacteria in it that can get into your bodies and make you sick. 
Mud runs are also known as recreational mud events and adventure races. 

What Are The Health Risks?

You can experience health issues including: 
  • Injury
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Dehydration

How do I prevent health risks?

  • Do not participate if you are feeling sick.
  • Shower before AND after the mud run. Showering before a mud run will help to wash bad bacteria off of your skin, preventing bacteria from infecting the water and mud.
  • Keep your mouth closed during a water or mud obstacle – don’t swallow water or mud!
  • Rinse your mouth out before drinking.
  • Wash your hands and face with soap and water immediately after a mud run.
  • Stay hydrated
  • Contact your doctor if you are ill or injured. Report illness or injury to the Chester County Health Department 610-344-6452.