Thanks for five years of great memories, you stinky little piggies!
First, we’re really sorry that we haven’t said anything sooner, but we wanted to have a game plan before we communicated with you, you dirty little piggies. Thank you to all of you who have contacted us about this year’s event; we’re so glad that despite our lack of involvement this year in communicating about the Mud Mash, you were still thinking about it and ready for the next one.
Mud Mash has been a fall SLO fixture for five years – and we’ve gained national (and even international) recognition for our work with the event, but the reality is this: despite everything we’ve done, it’s simply not gained the support of the community in important ways to make sense for us to continue to hold it.
Throughout the year all work is done by just two individuals – and when it’s time, we call upon a corps of very talented friends to help us build and staff it. We do a number of other events in the community, some adventure races, the Morro Bay Tri, and we take on contracts with others for events like the City to the Sea half marathon. In addition to this, we also run SLO Op Climbing (we just built a new location in Santa Maria! Check us out!). This is a lot of work for just two people year-round, and the Mud Mash is by far the most labor and energy heavy event we are involved in.
Despite the support of your registration dollars, our awesome event partners, our charity partners, and the countless volunteers (especially the Grizzly Youth Academy) that make it go, the event gets more and more expensive and intensive to put on. Recent changes in city policy have made parts of the course inaccessible to us this year, and permitting fees are going through the roof as a result. We’ve lost our free parking area for you because the Topaz Solar Farm is done, and we continue to get no traction with any sponsors, despite our best efforts.
We’ll be honest, we are spread pretty thin and charging after cash or in-kind sponsors is just one thing we are not great at; w
e’re so grateful to those who have believed in us all this time and made it easy to partner and bring you free beer, epic obstacles, and an awesome mud pit, just to name a few. What we ARE great at is putting on world-class events that get better every year, but we simply can’t find a way to make it worth it any further. We’d hoped last year that our all-in efforts to rebrand and spend a lot of money on marketing would yield a net income that allowed us to hire a staff member to add to the team, but it was not to be.
Therefore, we will not be seeing the return of Mud Mash.
Thank you so much for being a part of something wonderful and fun. We look forward to seeing you guys every year and we didn’t come to this decision lightly.
Thank you for everything so, far, it’s been a heck of a ride,
Kristin and Yishai Horowitz, All Out Events
(But don’t despair – check out the Checkpoint Challenge – all the obstacles nature can throw at you!)
2014: 0ctober 26
2013: 0ctober 26
2012: October 27 & 28
- 2012 5k Mud Mash Saturday & Sunday
- 2012 10k Saturday and Sunday
- 2012 Industry Competition
- 2012 Unknowns
Jennifer Best Photos
Kaori Photography Photos
- 10 K individual ~ 10 K Teams
- 5 K individual ~ 5 K Teams