The 2017 aQuellé Epworth Mudman, held on Sunday at Albert Falls Dam, was the perfect day out for the whole family. Having fun was the easy part; staying clean and cool was a little more difficult. But despite the heat and the mud, the day was a great success with over 1000 participants of all ages and athletic abilities taking part.
Epworth’s Mudman is the second leg in the popular aQuellé Mudman series, which has grown exponentially since its inception 14 years ago. It features a swim/paddle, cycle and run for individuals or teams. The appeal of Mudman is its inclusiveness and focus on the family. There is something for everyone. It is competitive and challenging for the top athletes, but is equally satisfying and doable for the recreational sports person. In addition, age does not preclude anyone from participating. The blue Mudskipper race sees children as young as three taking part.
A major change this year was scheduling the Mudskipper events (for the children under 11 years old) first thing in the morning instead of later in the heat of the day. This move proved hugely popular especially amongst the parents of young children.
Mudman is Epworth’s biggest fundraiser and enables the school to donate 10 percent of its proceeds to CANSA for their mobile clinics. It exemplifies much of what Epworth stands for: embracing the outdoors, family, sport, teamwork and perseverance. It would, however, not take place without the commitment of parents and staff who co-ordinate and manage the entire event, not to mention the wide variety of sponsors that come to the party.