The Blaine City Council April 18 approved a conditional use permit for a first event in Blaine called The Mud Games.
The Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 event is at the Metro Gun Club, 10601 Naples St. N.E.
There will be two mud obstacle courses with one being 1.5 miles long for beginers and another being a more advanced 3.1-mile course with numerous obstacles.
Event organizers estimate that anywhere from 1,500 to 2,500 people could be at the event each day, but said that race and other event start times will be spread out every half-hour so not everyone will be on the site at once. The first wave starts at 9 a.m. and the final wave leaves at 4:30 p.m.
There will be a limit of 250 people on the 3.1-mile course and 150 people on the 1.5-mile course in each wave.
The Mud Games organizers anticipate that attendance at any given time June 8 could be between 800 and 1,000 people.
Given the high number of people at this event, they contracted with CSM Corporation for off-site parking in a field southeast of the Metro Gun Club. Vehicles will enter and exit off Pheasant Ridge Drive near Lexington Avenue and signs and people will be in the area to direct drivers to a parking spot. There will be a $10 per vehicle charge to park.
From the parking lot, spectators and participants can walk to the Metro Gun Club site or take a shuttle bus.
Mud Games will be bringing in its own people to staff the event, but there will be numerous volunteers at the parking lot. They are hiring Premier Security guards for the event. Red Cross is supplying volunteers. The headquarters tent will include one Premier Security supervisor, one Blaine police officer, one Allina Medical supervisor and two Mud Games supervisors.
Two cover bands will be performing each day with a DJ playing Top 40 hits when they are not playing. Around the stage area will be other games such as a basketball shot contest, fastest 40-yard dash challenge and an inflatable obstacle course.
The organizers live in Blaine and wanted an event like this in their own city because it’s a community that embraces sports from the National Sports Center to the TPC of the Twin Cities golf course.
Beneficiaries of this event will be the Childrens’ Hospital of Minnesota, the Minnesota Heat youth basketball organization, the University of Minnesota Obesity Center and various other charities.
Blaine Police Chief Chris Olson said neighboring businesses were notified about this event. Nobody raised any objections before the council unanimously approved the conditional use permit April 18.
Eric Hagen is at [email protected]