A 5K obstacle course full of mud, hills and country terrain to raise money for Osage County organizations. The Cross Country Chaos is an obstacle course designed by community members with the goal of raising money for the Osage County Community Foundation, which provides grants for non-profit organizations in the county.
Perry Thompson, president of the Osage County Community Foundation says the idea came up when they were trying to brainstorm fun ways to raise money. Last year, the first year for the course, Thompson says they raised over $2,000.
“We were just trying to think of something different, so that’s one thing that’s good about it,” said Thompson. “This was just something that had never been done in Osage County before and the foundation didn’t have a fundraising event.”
Thompson says the course is on his own property.
“This is on my land and we have built all the obstacles,” said Thompson. “So I own a separate entity that puts this on and the Foundation is the benefactor of the fundraising. It’s just something I started with the help of people from around here.”
Thompson says they have kept the same course since last year, which was the first year for the 5K.
“We kept the same course but we’re going to change some of the obstacles,” said Thompson. “We worked on the course for several months last year, fine tuning our ideas.”
But this year, they are trying to make some of the obstacles more challenging than before.
Thomson says not to worry, if you don’t want to do some of the obstacles, you don’t have to.
“We tell everyone when you start that you’re out here for fun,” said Thompson. “We appreciate them being here, we’re here to help raise money for the foundation and if there’s an obstacle that they don’t like, that they feel like it’s too challenging, you don’t have to do it.”
Bring some friends, take your time and have fun.
The Cross Country Chaos is June 14th. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the first round of runners going at 9 a.m.
Thompson says you don’t have to participate in the run to come. He’s hoping for spectators to come watch and help celebrate the event at the after party.
“We will have DJ’d music all day, we’ll have cold beverages, we’ll have food out there for the after party,” said Thompson.
For more information and to check out more photos from last year, check out the Cross Country Chaos – 5K Mud Run Facebook page.