With dozens of runners preregistered, the SCKMC Landrush is almost ready for some “fun in the mud.”

The 5K, 12-obstacle event will take place Aug. 27 at Patterson Park in Arkansas City, across the street from South Central Kansas Medical Center.

The race will begin with a staggered start, limiting groups to no more than 25 runners at one time.

The first group will leave promptly at 9 a.m., following a flag ceremony by the American Legion Riders and a performance by the Arkansas City High School Jazz Band.

“The smaller group size allows us to limit the likelihood of bottlenecks at the obstacles, particularly those that are limited to only one or two participants at a time, such as the climbing walls,” said Clayton Pappan, SCKMC’s director of marketing and member of the Landrush planning committee.

All participants, regardless of heat, are eligible for prizes. The top overall male and female will receive a prize package valued at approximately $400, which includes a Pulsar watch courtesy of Schmidt Jewelers, a membership to Anytime Fitness and a Best Western gift card courtesy of Patterson Park Inn.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top male and female runners in the following age groups: 15 to 25 years old; 26 to 39 years old; 40 to 54 years old; and 55 or older. Trophies will be provided to the fastest boy and girl to complete the Kids 2K, a six-obstacle version of the Landrush for children aged 8 to 14.

In addition, random prize drawings will be held throughout the day for participants.

There will be food and vendor booths, games, and a bouncy house for those who are waiting for their heat or just out to observe the activities.

For more information or to register online, visit www.sckrmc.org/sckmc-landrush.