Monster Mega Mud Run debuts on Johns Island

Be prepared to get dirty at Saturday’s inaugural Monster Mega Mud Run at Legare Farms on Johns Island.

Two guys long known in the Charleston bodybuilding scene are branching out into the world of mud runs.

Tres Bennett and Glenn Herring have done everything from organizing bodybuilding contests to owning gyms and supplement stores and training bodybuilders, but kept hearing about the obstacle-course runs, which usually feature mud, from clients.

It sounded to them like a fun way to promote fitness and a business opportunity.

So with Bennett’s experience in promotions and Herring’s skills in building stuff, they created an obstacle course on Legare Farms on Johns Island and got a decent sponsor, Monster Energy Drinks.

And the Monster Mega Mud Run was born.

They originally planned to put on the first run next spring, but planning went so smoothly that they decided to hold the first event Saturday.

As of last weekend, they already had 100 people signed up.

Those who haven’t register still can via the website, www.monstermegamud run.com, or before the race participant meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday. Registration is $60. Participants can compete as individuals or in teams of eight (four males and four females). The race starts at noon.

Bennett, who organizes four bodybuilding contests a year, is excited about the new venture and location.

“Don’t get me wrong, bodybuilding is my love, but sometimes it feels like you’re selling the same car year-after-year. This is something new and different,” he said.

Bennett said Monster Mega is designed and constructed like no other.

The course, which is somewhere between 5K and 7K, will consist of at least 17 obstacles spread out over 350 acres of farmland, tidal creeks, lakes and islands.

Among the obstacles are the “Hang ’n’ Crawl,” where athletes will have to shimmy upside down 30 feet to “The Island of No Return,” and the “Broken Bridge,” a 70-foot floating bridge of plywood and foam that requires a swift foot.

Like many mud runs, the event will feature a post-race party with live music performed by Hollow Point and Midlife Crisis, food and beer.

Earlier on Saturday, the largest walking event in Charleston, the American Heart Association’s Lowcountry Heart Walk, will be held starting and finishing in Liberty Square adjacent to the S.C. Aquarium.

While the event is free, participants are asked to raise money. Activities start at 8 a.m. with the walk commencing at 9 a.m.

According to Robyn Reese of the American Heart Association’s Mid Atlantic Affiliate, last year’s event raised $607,000, and the goal this year is to draw 5,500-6,000 participants and raise $700,000.

Lowcountry Heart Walk Chairwoman Anita Zucker said she hopes the event will “help jump start a culture of healthy living among participants and increase passion for supporting the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association.

Go to www.heart.org.