Gore family preparing for MudCraft mayhem this month

Ashley Thompson athompson@hantsjournal.ca
Published on June 19, 2014

The people behind the first annual MudCraft adventure course weren’t afraid to go big when constructing the obstacles. Pictured are, Matthieu Papillon, Louis Bizieau, Johannes Feltes and James Baykah. (Submitted photo)

Waves of thrill seekers will be racing through a rural East Hants community at the end of the month as part of the first homegrown ultimate mud adventure.

MudCraft, an adventure obstacle course mapped out for a six-kilometre stretch of the picturesque Courthouse Hill dairy farm in Gore, will feature more than 20 obstacles designed to test the might of each participant.

Organizer Michael Blois is certain adventure enthusiasts will be impressed.

“We’ve got some pretty fascinating obstacles,” he said, listing a Tarzan swing, balance beams, tall A-frame structures, monkey bars and deep mud pits as examples.

Participants must be at least 15 years old to tackle the obstacle course, which features a beginner route and warrior course. Every racer will be timed.

“It’s as competitive as you want it to be,” said Blois.

Blois, an eighth generation farmer, has built trails throughout his family’s farmland with his brothers for years, and MudCraft is the newest addition to their adventure tourism offerings.

“I came up with the idea cause we’ve been mountain biking and building trails on our property since 1995 and we actually host an annual mountain bike festival known as Gorefest,” he said.

MudCraft will be complete with music spun by Live 105 DJs, and some added off-course activities to keep the momentum going throughout the day.

The first wave of racers are expected to make a splash around 9:30 a.m., with heats running every 30 minutes.

Blois hopes to see at least 500 people show up for the event, located at 2250 Highway 202 in Gore on June 28. Spectators are invited to take in the action for free.

It costs $65 per individual to attempt MudCraft. Members of a group of five pay $60 each, and runners in a group of 10 pay $55. A parent or legal guardian must accompany participants under the age of 18.

 Visit http://mudcraft.ca/ to register.