Adventure seekers will be falling over themselves to take part in “The Mudder” at Rangitikei Farmstay on September 17th 2016. Organisers Andrew and Kylie Stewart are pleased with entrants so far which are tracking well ahead of last year. “As with all successful events, the key is to keep tweaking it so the entrants have something new and exciting. That way they will go away and tell all their friends about it as well,” said event manager Andrew Stewart. Just what those changes are will remain secret until the big day but include upgrades to both the Event HQ and the course itself. The course is based on the Stewart’s sheep and beef farm 12km from Marton. It is unique in the fact that it is largely based around natural obstacles rather than man-made ones. “The obstacle that most have found toughest in previous years is a bog crawl based on a natural spring. The mud turns to gloop after the first people have been through it, making it a great natural challenge,” said Andrew. Other course highlights include a dam with a floating island in the middle of it, a 100 year old macrocarpa tree with roots straight out of a Hobbit film and plenty of swamps, dams and creeks. One of the biggest draw cards of the course is the natural terrain. “Being hill country it is no walk in the park. It is a real challenge for the entrants but that is the greatest appeal,” said Andrew. The Mudder features a 3km course, a 5km course and a two lap 8km course to cater for all levels of fitness. These options mean entrants from all walks of life can enjoy the course at their own speed. “We don’t think of it as a mud run because lots of people choose to walk it and still have just as much fun, while those that want to run and really challenge themselves can still do that,” said Andrew. All information about The Mudder, including ticket prices, entry details and photos from previous years is on the website: www.themudder.co.nz or search for The Mudder on Facebook. Ticket sales close at 12pm on Thursday the 15th of September so those still wanting tickets are advised to get in quick before it is too late.