Run It, Walk It, Race It…Mud it
2 OR 4 Mile Trail Run/Walk
Chillicothe, OH 45601
In 2009 a few members of the Chill Running Club gathered at the Hopewell Mound National Historic Park to hold a St Patrick's Day 4 mile trail run. They wanted to share a little known trail off the Triangle Trail near Sulphur Lick Road. That first year less than 30 runners/walkers came out on a cold, windy morning for the first running of the Muddy Leprechaun. You might find the rare person wearing a green long sleeve race shirt with the hand drawn Running Leprechaun on the chest.
It was not until 2011 that the Chill Running Club decided to bring that run back to the community. That year about 70 particpants came out for the race and swag in the form of a pint glass and shamrock socks were given out. After that race and the positive feedback about the location of this little known trail, it was decided to make the event an annual affair.
In 2012 we stepped it up a notch and became the first race in Chillicothe to have chip timing and technical running shirts. This service was and still is provided by Speedy Sneakers Racing. With almost 200 participants that year on a beautiful 60 degree morning and a new entirely off-road course we knew that something special was developing. Also that year we decided to donate all of our race proceeds to the Hope Clinic of Ross County, writing a check for $3000
In 2013 a little over 300 participants came out on what turned out to be a sunny Spring morning. We had great music that year donated by Arrowood Entertainment. Chip timing was again provided by Speedy Sneakers Racing for both runners and walkers. We were able to donate $4100 to the Hope Clinic of Ross County that year!
In 2014 we decided to add some live entertainment in addition to DJ services by Arrowood Entertainment. We had 3 bagpipers along the course and the start of the race was ushered in with an original playing of the Star Spangled Banner by bagpiper Matt "Bonpiper" Boggs. We had over 400 participants and were able to donate an amazing $7000 to the Hope Clinic, thanks in part to our amazing sponsors that year!
In 2015 we had our muddiest race, yet, but that didn't prevent people from participating. Over 500 participants celebrated our 5 year anniversary. Bagpipers again sent our runners and walkers off. Thanks to everyone who participated including our generous sponsors, we were able to donate $11,000 to the Hope Clinic!
In 2016 we weren't sure what the weather would bring. The morning began with the threat of rain but by race time the sun was showing itself and the temperature started to rise. We had ~500 participants participate in another successful day. Thanks to our sponsors and participants we were able to raise $10,000 for the Hope Clinic of Ross County!
In 2017 everyone awoke to 20 something degree temperatures to participate in the running of the coldest ML to date. Thankfully the sun shone bright in the sky to make up some for the bitter cold temps. ~475 participants braved the cold to contribute to another successful race. Thanks to our sponsor and participants we were able to raise $11, 500 for the Hope Clinic of Ross County!