- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. (AP) - A 5-kilometer run and obstacle course planned for Frankenmuth promises a muddy course with beer at the finish to celebrate.

“Frankenmudder” takes place July 19 in the Michigan tourist town that’s known for its Bavarian theme. It will include as many as 15 obstacles requiring competitors to crawl, run, push and lift their way to the finish, The Saginaw News reported (http://bit.ly/RR7tBn ).

Organizers hope to attract 500 competitors to navigate hills and walls of hay, walk a beam over the Cass River, carry a keg of beer and push a Jeep. Other challenges include crawling under a cargo net and “Operation Sea Lion,” where water balloons and other objects could be tossed at participants.

“This will be a challenge, but you’re not going to find anything that will test the body beyond what a person in average shape can handle,” said Frankenmudder chairman Greg Rummel.

The innagural event is a fundraiser for Michigan’s Own Military and Space Museum in Frankenmuth. Officials also hope it will help draw attention to the museum.

“They need money for things from ongoing operations to marketing and promotion of the museum,” Rummel said. “They’re right on the cusp of hiring a fulltime director to help with that.”

The run begins at 9 a.m. and will end about 4 p.m. Participants can choose when they compete and if they want to run with a team. Competitors will get a T-shirt, bag and beer sampler. They’ll also get free admission to the Michigan Bier Celebration at Heritage Park.

Frankenmudder is only open to adults. The Michigan Bier Celebration will have root beer available for under-21 participants.

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Online:

http://www.frankenmudder.com

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Information from: The Saginaw News, http://www.mlive.com/saginaw