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Get Down and Dirty
Forget your boutique wine and gourmet lunch, this year there is a new reason to head to Margaret River. Back for its third year, the South West Mudfest is being hosted by Bootleg Brewery on Saturday 2nd of July, with not one, but two muddy obstacle courses packed full of challenges and fun. And lots and lots of mud.

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South West Mudfest is now in its third year, image courtesy Elements Margaret River

Registration is now open for the popular event, which promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Runners can expect a themed obstacle course that will have them hurtling over and under hay bales, tractor tyres, bird netting, mud pits, water slides and naturally beer kegs.

The 12km morning race is called the Dirty Dozen and best suited to tough nutters who want a real physical challenge, while the 5km Mud Mayhem in the afternoon is better suited to friends and families who want fun and laughter and a whole lot of mud.

This is a true mud experience, with Margaret River's lush clay paddocks and wintery weather expected to provide what will be the most whole-of-body clay mask you will probably ever experience.

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There will be prizes for best costume, image courtesy Elements Margaret River

Mudfest Event Director, Jason Dover, says "This event has grown over the first couple of years and has been so much fun for competitors. The event location is so awesome because there are heaps of surrounding paddocks around Bootleg Brewery but most importantly lots of real mud!"

Did I mention there would be mud?

There are age limits on both the races, with a minimum of 15 years for the Dirty Dozen and 12 years for the Mud Mayhem. The ticket price of $99 for the 12km event and $77 for the 5km event includes a groovy event t-shirt and an enticement to get over the finish line: a famous Bootleg burger and chilled craft beer (soft drink for the kids).

You can register online as an individual competitor, or attempt the race as a part of a team. Each event runs over four hours (8am-12noon and 1pm-5pm) with plenty of starting waves which you select when you register. It is expected that the 12km event will take between one to two hours to complete (you need moderate to high fitness levels) while the shorter afternoon event should take between half an hour and one hour to complete.

There will be prizes awarded for the fastest male and fastest female for both challenges, but the real prize comes for the best dressed, and you are encouraged to come in fancy dress (maybe not too fancy, considering the mud).

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Glorious mud! image courtesy Elements Margaret River

Showers are compulsory before heading back into the Brewery so don't forget your towel and a clean change of clothes, and there will be a bag-drop service (for a gold coin donation which will go to the local cricket club).

There will be shuttle buses operating to the Mudfest from Busselton, Dunsborough and Margaret River or you can drive directly to Bootleg Brewery. There are plenty of accommodation options in the area such as this great short stay which has two houses and can sleep up to ten people, and plenty of other attractions and things to do in the region such as caving.

For more information and to register visit the MudFest 2016 website.
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Why? Because it will be muddy and fun
When: Saturday 2nd July, 2016
Where: Bootleg Brewery, Puzey Road, Wilyabrup (Margaret River)
Cost: 12km event $99, 5km event $77
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