Mud run season kicks off Saturday

More than 180 four-person teams participated in last year’s Citadel Bulldog Challenge.

The mud run scene in Charleston just got a bit muddier.

The Rugged Maniac series, in its third year at Boone Hall Plantation, serves almost as a preseason test for mudders, who have three mud/obstacle course runs in the Charleston area for three consecutive weeks.

Rugged Maniac, one of several corporations that organize mud runs nationally, moved from the fourth Saturday in March to this Saturday. Participants, which have numbered in the 2,000 to 4,000 range the past two years, should be prepared for chillier than usual mud and water obstacles in the 5K featuring 18 challenges.

Meanwhile, Charleston’s original mud/obstacle race, the 17th annual Citadel Bulldog Challenge, which is typically held this Saturday, has moved to April 20 and is bracketed by two other events.

The semi-inaugural Mega Mud Run Challenge (which did a bit of a trial run last fall) precedes the Bulldog Challenge by one week. The event will be held April 13 at Legare Farms on Johns Island.

And the first Project Mud will be April 27 at the Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island. Project Mud bumps up with the first mud run in the state, the 20-year-old USMC Ultimate Challenge Mud Run at Fort Jackson in Columbia.

Bottom line: If you like mud runs, you couldn’t be happier than a hog after the rainiest February in Charleston’s history.

Registration for Rugged Maniac closed a week ago, but the other races still are open. Go to, or

Get your ’80s on by roller skating for a cause: Crisis Ministries.

Skate for Shelter will be held 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Hot Wheels Skating Center, 1523 Folly Road on James Island. Participants are urged to dress up in their favorite ’80s wear and bring canned goods. The cost to skate is a friendly $3, which includes skate rentals.

For those who don’t know the good work of Crisis Ministries, it provides food, shelter and hope to Charleston’s most vulnerable citizens, its homeless, and is reliant on the financial and volunteer support of the community.

Two small 5Ks will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday. The Windsor Hill Hawk Trot will be in North Charleston and the White Gables Charity 5K in Summerville. For details, go to the Charleston Running Club website’s calendar at

One week from Thursday, on March 14, the ninth annual Catch the Leprechaun will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park.

This is the fourth year it’s been held at the park, which has helped establish it as one of the more popular races in the Charleston area. Since 2010, Leprechaun has grown from 319 finishers to 880, and as of last Friday was on pace to beat that latter figure by more than 20 percent. The town has capped the race at 1,200.

“I think the popularity of the race is due to a couple of things,” said race co-director Mike McKenna. “In a nutshell, it’s a fun race that supports a great cause. ... It’s a night race, which features a bagpiper, prizes for people who finish before the Leprechaun, pots of gold for the winners and a post-race party. It’s different, and I think people appreciate it.”

The cost to register is $30 until Wednesday. It goes up to $40 on race day. The event benefits Pattison’s Academy, a local school for children with multiple disabilities that provides programs for physical, speech and occupational therapy along with specialized educational instruction.

And while those who failed to sign up for Pedal 4 Pattison’s in January aren’t able to participate, the biggest little fundraiser in Charleston still deserves a little ink.

On Saturday, more than 100 people will be “Spinning” for four hours in the sixth annual Spinning marathon fundraiser for Pattison’s Academy. In five years, this self-contained fundraiser has raised more than $700,000 for the school.

One of the founding organizers, Rebecca Young of Charleston Ride, said that if people would like to donate to the cause, they can support the Pattison’s Kids team at

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