CRESWICK’S first Miss Muddy mud fun run has been postponed for months after scheduling issues with the giant waterslide needed for the grand finale.
Participants took to social media to express their disappointment at the news after organisers said they had been forced to change the date of the event from March 2 to November 30.
“Nooooooo five of us have already signed up!!!,” wrote Facebook user Julie Murphy.
“Same weekend as stampede (Melbourne) unfortunately...we always do that, looks like refunds for us.”
Another poster Cathy Lanser wrote: “Disappointed.”
But Nicole Toohey found an upside to the situation: “It does give us more time to prepare”.
During the all-female five-kilometre obstacle race for charity participants are blasted with colour cannons and climb through mud pits before washing away the “mud bath” on Australia’s largest waterslide.
Three thousand participants are expected to participate in the event at Creswick’s Novotel Forest Resort, with economic and tourism benefits for the regional town.
Unfortunately, organisers said the rented slide was no longer available for the weekend of March 2.
Event manager Michelle Robinson said the slide was a major component of the event.
“We just can’t get it there,” she said.
“We tried to get it in April but the resort was booked out.”
With winter then getting in the way, the event was postponed until warmer conditions in late November.
Organisers are offering anyone who has already bought a ticket a complimentary ticket for a friend, as well as full refunds for people unable to participate in November.
Registrations remain open.