In just a few days this winter wonderland will turn into a swamp filled wasteland. Just as planned.
"Getting muddy and having fun on a terrific summer day is a good thing no matter how you slice it," jokes Mucker organizer Matt Gibson.
This year's Helena Mud Mucker will be on the south side of the Great Divide Ski resort. With all kinds of obstacles for those of all fitness levels.
"You need to be able to walk at least the three miles with a little bit of up and down," said Gibson. "You know we are on the side of a mountain here. So a moderate level of fitness but if you can walk three to five miles in an hour and a half you're going to be fine."
"If you're huffing and puffing to get to the next feature you can probably just slow it down," said race constructor and runner David Roberts. "But the features themselves are way cool. They take a little bit of thought process in how you're going to get over them or under them or scale over these."
The obstacles are fun, but clearly there's one over riding reason to join the Mucker: the mud.
"I think it's going to be a little bit sloppy, in fact it's going to be a lot sloppy," said Gibson. "But nothing that will make you feel like you can't get through it."
"Especially in a dry climate like Helena, we're not able to get out there and mud bog," said Roberts. "So this is a perfect opportunity to mud bog, go over obstacles, have a great time. Might as well be the first person going over the obstacle so they don't get all slimy."
The Mucker starts on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Great Divide Ski Resort, and you can still register online. There's also a kids' Mighty Mucker at 3:00 p.m. for anyone interesting in bringing children.