By STEVE EIGHINGER
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
The Quincy Family YMCA will be capitalizing on the growing trend of physically challenging activities when it unveils its inaugural Mudmania on June 8 along the Quincy riverfront and adjacent bluff areas.
Mudmania will be some sort of hybrid of the Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash competitions that have grown in popularity in many areas of the country. Such events challenge teams and individuals to overcome long, muddy obstacle courses as far reaching as 10 to 12 miles.
Mudmania will feature 5K, 10K and kids' courses, said Mark Spiegelhoff, the chief executive officer of the Quincy YMCA Association.
"This will be an event like no other in this region," Spiegelhoff said. "We're expecting this to be not only popular among local athletes, but attract quite a few participants from across he region, and even outside the region."
The event will be held rain or shine. More details will be available in the coming weeks, Spiegelhoff said. Registration will be available in early 2013.
Spiegelhoff said sponsorship opportunities w also ill be available for the event.
"This is an event that should really grow in the years to come," he said. "The first year we'll be expecting between 500 and 2,000 competitors. We'll be billing it as one of the toughest 10K obstacle runs in the this area of the country."
Both the Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash competitions started in 2010. Both now have between 15 and 35 sanctioned events across the United States. No official attendance figures were available for the Tough Mudder challenges, but Warrior Dash organizers listed their average attendance has grown to about 13,000. Most of the competitions are held in rural areas.
"We've been talking about this for about the last 18 months, getting everything in place before we made an announcement," Spiegelhoff said. "We look at it as an adult fitness event, plus being a lot of fun for both participants and spectators. This should also be a boon for local businesses, hotels and restaurants. There should be a lot of out-of-town visitors for this."
Questions about Mudmania should be directed to he YMCA at 9217) 222-9622.