After going from rags to riches, Cinderella herself might not want to get dirty again, but this fall a new mud run encourages princesses to hit the dirt.
Mudderella, a five- to seven-mile race with 12 to 15 obstacles, will kick off September 21 in Pennsylvania. With the rising popularity of mud runs across the world, CEO and co-creator Cristina Devito saw an opportunity to put together a challenging course just for women. “There are a lot of female-only 5Ks and fun runs, but we really wanted to create an event that was by women, for women, something that was a real challenge,” she says.
Well aware that mud runs are not as popular with women as they are with men, Devito hopes her race will inspire ladies to push themselves. “It comes down to remembering that you are stronger than you think you are,” she says. “It’s buying into the concept that ‘can’t’ doesn’t really exist.”
In the same vein as popular races such as Tough Mudder and Merrell’s Down and Dirty Mud Run, Mudderella’s obstacles include ice-water swimming, cargo-net climbing, and chute sliding, and are named with women in mind: Anyone up for the 50 Shades of Mud challenge?
“Some obstacles are about helping each other and some are about encouragement,” Devito says, noting that each makes the entire course feel like a team event.
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In addition to being sponsored by Strongbow Cider (every woman who crosses the finish line will score a bottle) and Luna, Mudderella partnered with Futures Without Violence, a domestic violence charity partner that focuses on prevention, intervention, education, and survivor support.
Mudderella races span the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Australia. To find one near you, check out mudderella.com.