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Full policies of the Muddy Duck Dash can be found here.


What should I expect at the Muddy Duck Dash? 
Expect to have fun, expect to be silly, expect a family friendly environment, expect to get wet, expect to get muddy, and expect to have a great experience! This is a fun event with a less competitive approach. All obstacles can be skipped if you decide it is beyond your comfort zone without penalty.

Is the Muddy Duck Dash timed? 
The Dash is not timed.

Where is the Muddy Duck Dash? 
The event is held at the University of North Georgia- Gainesville Campus in Oakwood, Georgia. Please see Parking & Directions for further details.

Where do I park for the Muddy Duck Dash? 
Parking for the event will be in Parking Deck 1 and surrounding open lots. See Parking & Directions for exact location. VIP Experience participants will have dedicated parking.

When can I pick up my packet (duck and swag bag)?
You may pick up your individual or team packets from 12-6:00pm on Friday, April 22nd OR on Dash morning, Saturday, April 23rd prior to your wave start time. Packet pickup is located on the lower level of Parking deck 1 adjacent to the Nesbitt Building and across from Lot V. (Directions)

Can I register to participate on the day of the Muddy Duck Dash?
Yes! You may sign up to participate in the 5k Dash or the Duckling Dash on the day of the event. You will be assigned to a starting wave based on availability so be sure to arrive early not to miss your wave. Waves begin at 8am and on-site registration opens at 7am and runs until all wave spots are full.

What time is the Duckling Dash event?
The Duckling Dash is approx. one mile in length and begins at 11am. Please note: If you plan to participate in the 5k Dash, please choose a starting wave for you that allows you to finish prior to the Duckling Dash warm-up at 10:45am so you can assist your child.

What if my child wants to complete the entire course and not just the Duckling Dash?
We invite ducklings under the age of 8, or those with limited disabilities, to participate in the Duckling Dash. However, if your child wants to complete the full course, there are no age restrictions. We only ask that parents use their best judgment when registering a child for either the full course or the Duckling Dash. Parents or guardians are permitted to assist or shadow their child through the Duckling Dash course; said parent or guardian does not have to register themselves for the Duckling Dash. Any obstacles a younger participant is not comfortable completing may be skipped at no penalty. If you, as a parent/guardian, plan to register for, and participate in, the full 5K dash, please select a starting wave time for yourself which will allow you to finish your wave prior to the Duckling Dash warm-up activity which starts at 10:45am. This will allow you to assist or shadow your child during the Duckling Dash.

What is included in my registration fee for the 5k Dash or Duckling Dash?
The registration fee includes one Dash registration, a Muddy Duck Dash swag item, one yellow rubber duck and a finishing medal.

How do I form a team?
Visit the "Group and Team Info" page. From there, follow the instructions to form a team for the Dash.

When is the last day to register online?
Online registration closes on April 21st, 2022 at 11:59pm EST. Registration reopens on-site on April 22nd for the event April 23rd.

How much does the Muddy Duck Dash cost?
The Duckling Dash is $40 through April 8th at 11:59pm EST and increases to $50 from April 9-20th and is $65 on event day or at packet pick up day.

The full 5k Muddy Duck Dash course is $50 through April 8th at 11:59pm EST online. From April 9-20th, registration is $60 per person. Packet Pickup or Dash day registration will be $75 for the full course.

Don't forget the VIP Experience option- it includes food and dedicated portable restrooms!

You can register here!

How do I choose my starting Wave time? 
You may choose your start wave during the registration process. Register early for the best selection of times. Waves begin at 8am and run every ten minutes until 10:40am. We will be monitoring wave participants so that the course is balanced and not crowded. If you want to have a group participate together, please be sure to all select the same starting wave time.

What if it rains on Muddy Duck Dash day? 
The Muddy Duck Dash is a rain or shine event. In case of a dangerous weather event which threatens the safety of participants or staff, the event director(s) reserve the right to postpone or cancel the event. In the event of a cancellation, there will be no refunds or transfers. Please see our Policy Page for full details.

Can I bring a stroller or bike on the course?
No. Strollers, wheeled carts, bicycles, motorized vehicles, skates or other devices are prohibited from the course area for the safety of participants. However, if you are not participating but attending the event, you may bring a stroller to the event. All strollers must be kept off the Dash course area at all times.

Can I bring my pet to the Dash?
No. We do not permit pets unless they are service animals at the Muddy Duck Dash. Out of courtesy for other participants, please understand not everyone is comfortable around animals.

What do I wear to and from the Dash?
What to bring/wear TO the Dash? You can dress up in a costume, super hero outfit, a fun tutu, your favorite Halloween leftover, a goofy duck outfit, formal attire, something silly, comfortable running clothes, a shirt supporting a brain tumor warrior, or a SBTF shirt. As long as you can safely run the race, we encourage you to be creative and have fun! You will be wet and dirty, so leave things you would be upset if they are stained at home! No track spikes and no heels please! Don't forget a way to get your duck safely across the finish line- we provide safety pins, but some prefer a lanyard, pouch or pants with zipper pockets. You'll want photos (bubble slide selfies are our favorite) but it is not so fun if your phone slides down ahead of you! A pouch for your phone or camera is another good idea. Oh, and when you cross the finish line, don't forget to have a payment method for snacks and drinks in Central Flock! Got a team? If you selected to have a team tent location, be sure to pack your tent, chairs and decorations so you can win team spirit!

What to wear FROM the Dash? We recommend you bring a change of clothing, clean shoes and a towel. A bag to get wet and dirty items home may be a good idea.

Is there somewhere to leave my keys, phone, wallet, etc while I complete the Dash?
There is not a specific and patrolled location for personal items. If you elect to have a team tent we recommend leaving your personal items within your tent. We advise leaving all valuables in your vehicle and only having your keys on-site. We are not responsible for your personal property left unattended including items stored in vehicles. Many use a lanyard or pouch to store personal items on their person, but know they may still get wet or muddy.

Can I clean off after the event?
We recommend bringing a towel and change of clothing. We provide hoses in a parking lot for washing off the mud and portable restrooms will be available. We do not have anywhere available for private changing. Bring a bag for your dirty and wet clothing/shoes for transport home. VIP Experience participants will have a dedicated changing area as well as dedicated portable restrooms.

What is Central Flock?
Central Flock is the area where food trucks, team tents and sponsor tables will be located. There will be a DJ, games and other activities held in that centralized area. Remember to bring a form of payment so you can take advantage of the food options offered!

What does the Rubber Duck symbolize?
All Dash participants will be provided a rubber duck as part of the race packet. The duck must be with them at all times during the Dash. We joke your rubber duck is actually racing- you are just getting it to the finish line! Your duck can only complete the course on your person. Take care of your duck, love it, encourage it, and help it get to the finish line! Make your duck proud! Did you know you can decorate your duck and compete to win an award? Click for more info about our Duck-o-rating contest!

How can I help raise money for the SBTF's mission to find a cure for brain tumors?
You can register for the Muddy Duck Dash! You can encourage a friend to join you at the event. You can ask friends and family to make a donation on your personal page in support of the Dash. You can create a team and raise funds together. Click to see resources provided to help you support the mission to end brain tumors.