FRANKENMUTH (WWJ/AP) – A 5-kilometer run and obstacle course promises a muddy course with beer at the finish to celebrate.

The first “Frankenmudder” takes place July 19 in Frankenmuth, a popular tourist town that’s known for its Bavarian theme. The event will include as many as 15 obstacles requiring competitors to crawl, run, push and lift their way to the finish.

Click here to see a list of possible obstacles (.pdf format)

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 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.

The event wraps up with the 3rd Annual Michigan Bier Celebration at the Harvey Kern Pavilion. All race participants get free admission to the festival, which includes samples from over a dozen Michigan brewers, live music, dancing and food.

Tickets range from a $30 VIP bundle with food and beer tickets, to a $10 designated driver package with all-you-can-drink root beer.

The event was created as a fundraiser for Michigan’s Own Military and Space Museum in Frankenmuth. The goal is to raise $20,000 — 100 percent of which will be donated 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.”

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