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3 Tips for Promoting Your Mud Run

1. Give your event a unique name.

Having a unique name for your event will catch potential attendees’ eyes and pique their interest. Pick something creative and, ideally, related to your nonprofit. For example, if your nonprofit is an animal shelter, you might name your event the “Mud for Mutts Marathon” or the “Muddy Paws 5K.”

2. Include event information in your marketing communications.

Make sure to include information about your event on all your marketing channels, whether it be email, text, social media, or direct mail. Tell your supporters when the event is and where it will be, and include a link to your registration page.

3. Encourage supporters to spread the word.

Not everyone will be able to make it to your event, and that’s okay! Encourage those who can’t make it to tell their family and friends about your event, essentially helping you promote your mud run and reach a greater audience.

How to Generate Funds with a Mud Run

Not sure how to raise funds with your mud run? Here are a few ideas:

  • Entry fees. Participants pay an entry fee to compete in the race and you keep those fees for your nonprofit. You can also have spectators buy tickets to watch the event.
  • Food and drinks. Selling concessions to spectators can be a great way to raise more funds, especially if your event is outdoors on a hot day.
  • Corporate sponsors. As corporate social responsibility becomes an increasingly important way for businesses to distinguish themselves from their competitors, consider partnering with a local business. In exchange for their sponsorship, you’ll include their branding on your promotional materials, and publicly thank them for their help at the end of your event.

Staying Safe with your Mud Run

Although mud runs are very entertaining, because of the strenuous nature of the activity, it’s important to keep your participants safe. Here are a few ways you can do that:

  • Insurance. Obtain event liability insurance prior to the event in case any participants get hurt. That way, the insurance will cover expenses if you are found responsible for any injuries.
  • First aid. Have a few staff members trained in first aid at the event and ready to address any injuries that occur.
  • Supervision. Post volunteers or staff along the course to pass out free water, monitor participants, and call for help if anyone does get hurt.