Ireland's Valentine's Day Muckfest: get down and dirty

It’s definitely not romantic and it certainly isn’t everyone idea of clean fun but try telling that to 1500 hardy souls who will endure the toughest of challenges in this year’s Ireland’s Valentine’s Muckfest.

Participants church through the much in last year's event

Participants churn through the muck in last year's event. Image courtesy Valentine Muckfest organisers.

The 14 February 5km adventure run in Tullow, County Carlow is not just a fitness or endurance run because it concentrates on muck at virtually every turn. “It’s a case of get down and dirty, but in a healthy way,” explained a spokesman for the event.

While other events include such features as tyre traps, tunnel crawls, bale jumps, Carlow on Valentine’s weekend is one place where you might get stuck in the mud. With just over a week to go, the event entry is expected to be a sell-out following from the success of the inaugural event in 2014, reports KCLR local radio.

Jumping clear of a muddy obstacle in Valentine Muckfest in Co Carlow

Jumping clear of a muddy obstacle in Valentine Muckfest in Co Carlow. Image courtesy Valentine's Muckfest organisers.

It’s not just a local or national event as aside from the country and Dublin contingents, international competitors from as far away as New Zealand are entered to try their luck in the muck. Organisers said the unusual thing about the entries up to the end of January was that 63% were females.

All proceeds of the Valentine Muckfest go the Tullow Community Walking Track, and Ardattin National School

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