"It's a run-walk-climb-crawl [event]," Carney said. "You'll experience it all during this event."
Carney said women at the Convention & Visitors Bureau have formed their own team -- Charlie West's Angels -- to take part in the mud run. They hope to field a team of about 40 women by the time the event gets here.
"We're all trying to work out and get on those treadmills to get ready," she said.
Last year, organizers held 15 mud runs, Mueller said. The event has become so successful that this year it's been expanded to 60. Hutchinson said organizers originally wanted to have the event at Coonskin in September, but the April opening came up instead.
The mud run will start at 8 a.m. April 6 and run until 5 p.m., organizers said.
Hutchinson said April is the perfect time to have the mud run, because Coonskin Park should not yet be in heavy use. He said the park will be reimbursed for lost revenue from the golf course and picnic shelter closures during the event. "But the real winner will be the local economy," he said.
Carney expects the mud run to have an economic impact of $65,000 in the area, because many of the participants will choose to stay in local hotels, eat at local restaurants and shop at local stores.Reach Rusty Marks at rustyma...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.