Are you ready for Mud, Sweat and Beers on Sept 27?

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Now that the worst of summer is over but the water’s the perfect temperature, it’s time for the annual mud run through the mangroves of Yas Island. img_2908

Last year we had no idea what this was going to be like.

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It was a blast! (This assessment may have been in some way related to the beer stop)

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And the camping temperatures were perfect. So this year we’re doing it all again. Be warned: It will be MUDDY — really muddy — so bring your skankiest running gear

The route will also include a couple of short 10m swims across channels. You can do this in almost any footwear but the ones who seemed to have the least problem wore dive booties. The mud can be a little abrasive if you’re in aqua sandals.

But there IS a beer stop, the one and only rule of the Sandpit Hash! Bring water to wash with afterwards and some bug spray. There’s nothing at the site other than sand but plenty of room for camping. The run will begin at 4.30pm.

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We’ve even arranged for a special collectable* T-shirt to be made to commemorate the mud run.

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(* this isn’t actually true)

We’ve made 50 of them, in a range of sizes. The run fee is Dh50 with a shirt or Dh20 without.

The usual Sandpit Hash rules apply – it’s BYO everything and the only thing we provide is the beer stop and some beers to penalise people in the circle afterwards.

How to get there: The site is accessible by 2WD cars. From the Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway, take the turnoff to Yas Island and head towards Saadiyat. Once you pass Ikea on the left, take Exit 29, marked “Yas Island West”. Turn left at the traffic lights and cross the motorway on an overpass. At the next lights, turn right and cross the motorway again via an underpass then take the first exit. Go through a fenceline and turn left at the next intersection then head towards the girder bridge over a channel. Cross the bridge then turn left towards the fishermen under the motorway bridge. This area was easily navigable by 2WDs a week ago. Follow the wheel tracks that parallel the channel towards a line of power pylons. Ignore any “Road closed” and “Construction traffic only” signs and follow the road along the pylons for about 3km then take the first turning on your left. You should see our cars, including a brown Toyota Fortuner with a kayak rack on the roof. From downtown Abu Dhabi, take the Saadiyat Highway until the exit to Yas Island West. Turn left and cross the motorway via the underpass then follow the directions as above. If you get lost, call shorth@ndjob on 050 561 7087

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