Delta Down and Dirty Youth Obstacle & Challenge Run is to make its first time debut during Pig Pickin' at Statesman Park.
Vicious valley climbing, tire carrying, dark tunnels, mud crawling, and extreme balance beams are just a few challenges, among many, that youth will face on Saturday.
Adult runs like the Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash, and Spartan Race inspired the event.
The HPER Recreation Leadership Program in Delta State University's College of Education and Human Sciences is hosting the event.
According to race developer and director Todd Davis, this is the only obstacle course of its kind in the state of Mississippi.
"We have kids coming from Tennessee, Arkansas and many other places to participate. As of now, we have 162 kids who are gearing up for this awesome adventure," said Davis.
Youth ages 6 to 14 will be eligible to run the obstacle and challenge course and age will determine the distance each participant will run.
The nearly one mile course will feature 25 challenges and obstacles.
"I want kids to feel a sense of adventure, a bit of struggle, and then the emotional connection to finishing something physical, especially in front of their families, friends, and spectators. It's an awesome moment," said Davis.
The first wave of participants will begin at 11 a.m. Participants will be given approximate race times at registration and will race in waves of 12 to 15 participants at a time.
Davis said waves will start roughly every five minutes, allowing participants ample time to reach and attempt each obstacle without interference with overloads.
"The obstacle and challenge run is challenge by choice. If they do not feel comfortable with finishing the challenge, then they do not have to. We will also have medical personnel onsite and two volunteers at the beginning and ends of each obstacle," added Davis.
Each participant will receive a finisher T-shirt, finisher medal and many other goodies.
According to Davis, he and his department have been planning for the event for nine months and it took them about one month to build the obstacle course.
Onsite registration begins at 10 a.m. and is $20 for ages 6-8; $25 for ages 9 to 11; and $30 for ages 12 to 14.
All proceeds from the event will go towards outdoor recreation and opportunities in the Delta.
For more information about the event, to volunteer, or to sponsor an obstacle, contact Davis at 662-846-4570 or firstname.lastname@example.org.