Muddy Marathon - April 11, 2015

No Date 2016                

2015 Results
Several finishers in 2015.  We will have to make the course harder for 2016

The best time you ever had running so slow.

Written up as a Featured Race in Trail Runner Magazine

There is a cut off of 2 hours per loop

You can NOT bank time from loop to loop
This is NOT a trail race for beginning trail runners.  This is NOT an obstacle race like other mud runs.  This can barely be considered a trail race.  It is an adventure.  This is an experience of fun and to try something new.  You will not actually do much "running" but a lot of walking.  Walkers WILL NOT finish the course in under 2 hours / loop.  Most "runners" will not finish in under 2 hours per loop.  Please do not enter if the idea of a DNF frightens you.  If you enter the marathon you have a 100% chance of getting a DNF (based on 2014 results). 

The trail course is 6.55 Miles not only over several hills but over not the easiest running terrain.  You will run through mud, snow, up streams, down streams, over logs, under downed trees and back to the finish line.  The course will be marked with survey flags and live volunteers.  One water stop at approximately half way. There may be other aid at the start finish area.


The Muddy Marathon starts at 7:00AM.  Four loops of the delightfully scenic course.  The cut off of 2 hours is per loop, not a total of 8 hours for the entire marathon.  Please do not enter if the idea of a DNF scares you, or you plan to yell at me if you miss the 2 hours limit by 1 minute and I pull you from the course.  Not every one is a winner.  Some people do fail at things they try to do.  If you succeed, the victory will be that much sweeter.

The Half-Marathon starts at 9:00 AM. Two loops of the delightfully scenic course.  You will not be allowed to continue onto the second lap if you do not complete the first lap in 2 hours.

The Marathon Relay starts at 10:00 AM.  This allows people to form 2 or 4 person teams to complete the marathon distance.  All relay runners will leave at the same time and your times will be totaled at the end for best team time.   Grab some buddies, coworkers or friends from the gym and come out for a fun day and laugh at each other.  The beer at the end tastes just as fresh if you come in first or last. 
The Quarter - Marathon starts at 11:00 AM.  One loop of 6.55 miles.  The clock stop at 2 hours.  Anyone crossing the line after 2 hours will receive a DNF.

Fun Run - starts at 11:05 AM.  One loop of 6.55 miles.  Same loop, same event, just no clock, no DNF.  This version is for all runners that fear the dreaded DNF.  No one doing this event will DNF nor will they be officially timed.

    This fun run is perfect for someone new to trail running or just wants to have a great time in the mud.

check in begins at 6:00am for the Marathon

check in begins at 7:30am for the Half Marathon and Relay

check in begins at 9:30 for the Quarter and Fun Run

The loop is not certified, but we measured it and it is at least the distance we advertise. 

This is NOT a Boston Qualifier.

This event happens rain or shine --be prepared for anything!

We plan to hang out at The Red Tail Lodge at the race afterwards.  


Location of Race

Vernon Peak,  Mountain Creek, Vernon NJ 07462

The best address to use for the parking lot is
200 New Jersey 94 Vernon, NJ 07462


EventJan 1 - Feb 28
Mar 1 - Mar 31
Apr 1 - Apr 8
Day of Registration


Fun Run$50$60$70$80


10K - Quarter Marathon$50$60$70$80


Half Marathon$60$70$80$90




4 Person Relay (per person$50$60$70$80


2 Person Relay (per person)$60$70$80$90

For the Relay teams all members leave the start line at the same time, your finish times will be added together to rank the Teams against each other.

What is included in my registration fee? subject to change
  • An amazing fun time running up and down a mountain through mud and snow
  • A wicking short sleeve t-shirt
  • Customized bib
  • Chip timing for those choosing a timed race
  • One beer from the bar inside KINK

**For ALL races; you can receive a 50% refund until 8 weeks before race date.  After that NO REFUNDS. 
** If you transfer your bib to another runner, please contact us with the new runner's information ASAP.

: We may or may not come up with some great awards for those that cross the finish line first.  In previous years we have given away rocks.  Maybe this year I can find buckets of mud.

Accommodations:  For those looking for a hotel option Mountain Creek has offered a 20% discount to 2 of their on mountain properties.  This discount is available at the Appalachian Hotel or Mineral Springs.

2009, 2010 and 2011 Races went off great.  Thank you to everyone who came out to run, volunteer, cheer and just support the race.

Here is a link to some photos.   The course changes every year.


2010 Results for all races Each race has it's own tab on the spreadsheet.
No time for a loop means the time limits of 2 Hours WAS NOT met.

2012 - no event
2014 - Pete Baczek only finisher for Quarter Marathon, John Montgomery the only finisher for the Half.  No finisher for the Marathon.

Thank you to all the sponsors of the Muddy Marathon

ARQ RC and ARQ NJ Trail Series  reserves the right to cancel the event.