RU MUDDY is a 3.5 mile run that begins off of Postal Road on Livingston Campus and runs through the Intramural fields and the Ecological Preserve, and is filled with obstacles, trail running and of course the MUD PIT. There will be natural obstacles, water crossings, hills, tires, wall climbs, spider webs, tunnel crawls and hurdles as well as some fun “surprise” obstacles to keep you on your toes.  There will be festivities afterwards including DJ, food, drink, pull up competition and other fun activities.  Bring a friend or two to run with you or cheer you on and join us for the fun filled MUDDY day!!


All Rutgers students, faculty, staff, and members of the Rutgers community are able to participate in the RU MUDDY.    All participants affiliated with the University are allowed to register guests for the event at the same price.  However, the affiliate must accompany the Non-Rutgers participant during the event. Due to the nature of the course, obstacles, and length of the RU MUDDY, participants must be 10 years of age or older.  Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a guardian during the entire event.


It can be as tough and challenging as you want it to be. We have designed this course so that competitive runners can challenge themselves. However, we invite beginner/novice runners or walkers to participate.  Those who are up for the challenge will run as much of this course as possible and tackle every obstacle.  For those who just want to have fun, take your time on the course and enjoy the scenery while overcoming the obstacles with the help of your friends!

This event will not be officially timed so there will not be winners. However, for those who are competitive we will have a clock on the course so that you can track your own time. We will also be providing showers and fire trucks at the end of the run to help you clean off. We do ask that you use our showers and water supply to clean off as much mud as possible, especially before going back into your dorms or getting on the buses. We will be providing an area for disposal of sneakers and we will have flip flops for the first 250 participants who hand in their dirty sneakers.


The RU MUDDY needs a lot of support and volunteers to make this event work.  We are looking for a large number of volunteers and are hoping you can help us.  As a volunteer you will receive a Volunteer Shirt and get to participate in a great event.  We are looking for volunteers from 2pm-6pm to be on the course and oversee obstacles. Please dress in clothes and sneakers that can get dirty. Thank you for your help and we are looking for a fun filled, muddy day!! Click here to volunteer.


The RU MUDDY will begin check In at 2pm on race day. The first wave will go off at 3pm and waves will continue in 5 minute incremenets. Check In can be found on Postal Road next to the old Surplus Building. The start line will right across the street from the Check In Area.  All participants will be given a wrist band indicating their waves and you must line up in the correct wave. Keep wrist bands on as you will need them for food and drink at the finish.

The course will begin on Postal Road and go into Rutgers Recreation intramural Fields, go through the grassy area with the white wall, enter the Ecological Preserve, and return and finish in the grassy area with the white wall.  The finish line will be in front of the white wall with showers located right after the finish for your convenience. Water will be available in the parking lot of the Ecological Preserve.  You will pass through the parking lot multiple times during your run so you will have plenty of time to get water if thirsty. First Aid will be available at all times during this event.  We will have trained EMT’s on the course in the Start/Finish of the run. There will also be multiple EMT’s located on the course with ambulances if an injury does occur.  If you need assistance at any point, please go directly to one of the ambulances or personnel located on the course.  Because there will be some areas of the course not in view of staff or EMS, we ask that if someone is hurt and needs assistance, you go to the nearest staff and let them know where the person is hurt. We will have many volunteers on the course for support and help.  Remember, this is a fun, community event and we weed to help everyone get through the run safely! Enjoy music, food and activities at the end of our run!


The RU MUDDY is partnering with USAgain to collect shoes for recycling and reuse. Swing by the USAgain tent after the race in the festival area to drop off your reusable shoes. Shoes collected at the RU MUDDY will be given a second life by people around the world.  The first 250 people to donate shoes will receive a pair of Rutgers Flip Flops to wear home. Consider bringing an extra pair of shoes to wear home in case you don’t get a pair of flip flop!


After running the RU MUDDY, please join us in our festival area for some fun activities and refreshments. We will have showers and firetrucks to clean yourselves off. We will have a variety of refreshments provided by Rutgers Recreation and other sponsors.

Course Map

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The cost is  $15 for students/members. $20 for others.

Register Here

We currently have opportunities for businesses to sponsor RU Muddy and other Rutgers Recreation Programs. Please contact:

Marian Kapp
Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications
Ph:  848-445-5401
E:    marian.kapp@rutgers.edu