Heat, dust, and wind. That’s life in the High Desert.
However, on October 20th, mud will replace the three staples of Hesperia for a one-day event to raise money for HUSD instrumental music programs.
The 2012 MudJam 5K Mud Run & Music Fest is a community-sponsored 5K mud run at Cedar Middle School that also will feature vendor booths, live bands, drumline competitions, as well as awards for the best costumes.
Participants can choose which school to support with their registration fee. $10.00 per participant will go directly back to that school’s band room.
The Hesperia Mud Jam will feature vendor booths, live bands, drumline competitions, and awards for best finish in the 5K as well as best costumes. Over 18 organizations and local businesses are sponsoring the event to raise funds for band programs.
Vendors fees will also support the local music programs. Their booth fees will be divided between the three high schools for scholarships to be given away on senior awards night to three qualifying students.
Rosanne Weathers, event coordinator and and volunteer, is a band booster who, “saw a need and filled it with what has become an extremely fun, positive & popular type of event,” said Weathers. “I have three sons who have all been through our public schools instrumental band programs and know firsthand what benefit music is to a student.”
Anyone can register up until race day but it’s less expensive to register early. Packet pick-up occurs the night before at Golden Corral, but the actual course is around and behind Cedar Middle School, with all of the “after the race” activities taking place on the athletic field.
“By getting the community, local government and businesses involved, we have been pretty successful at raising awareness to the need for these programs thus garnering support from the influences that may be able to make good decisions when it comes to the possibility of eliminating these programs for our students,” said Weathers.
Weathers feels that music programs are as vital as sports and academics because, ”to have a “School Family” is important to the self esteem of so many students. Some find that dynamic with football or soccer, others, maybe drama or leadership. Still others find symmetry in the music. No matter what the group, a student’s character and personality are sometimes molded and nurtured within the many rooms of a high school campus.”
However, Weathers feels the impact of these programs extends beyond a school campus.
"There is safety for the student who travels with like minded individuals and within that zone sometimes secrets, challenges and fears are shared and resolved,” said Weathers. “A clear headed student is free to grow in all other areas of life. MudJam is proud to support that foundation.”
No matter what your athletic ability, MudJam is a great event for all who choose to participate. Many who have chosen to participate will walk the entire course and still have fun. The important thing to remember is to HAVE FUN!
To participate it costs $40.00 for individuals, team of 3 $90.00, and a team of 20 $520.00, but fees increase on Race day!
Oak Hills, Sultana, and Hesperia High School are all competing for a chance to change the color of MudJam. The school to register the highest number of participants by September 30, 2012 will change the MudJam logo on ALL participants shirts to their school colors!
For more information or if you would like to volunteer for the 2012 MudJam 5K Mud Run & Music Fest, please go to www.MudJam.org or find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/5KMudRun
“Let’s Get Muddy & Jam!”