Gritty Chix Mud Run

June 22, 2024

Location: ACE Adventure Resort


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Gritty Chix Mud Run

Gritty Chix Mud Run is BACK at ACE Adventure Resort. This June, get ready to get muddy for a good cause. Solo or with a team, Gritty Chix is all about FUN. Whether you walk, sprint, skip or dance through the course we promise you’ll be challenged a little and laugh A LOT. Cut loose! Costumes, glitter, face paint, and anything in between are encouraged!

Voted the #1 Mud Run/Adventure Race in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic in the 2020 Blue Rider Readers’ Choice Awards by Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine, this is the PERFECT race for veterans and first timers alike. A portion of the proceeds from Gritty Chix Mud Run helps to support the New River Conservancy.



Event Pricing

Moxie Mile

Includes registration for 1 mile course. Also includes event shirt (if signed up before 5/31/24), race medal and more.

Early Bird - Ends 3/31


Advance - Ends 6/19


Day of Registration


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Tenacious Trail

Includes registration for 5K course. Also includes event shirt (if signed up before 5/31/24), race medal and more.

Early Bird - Ends 3/31


Advance - Ends 6/19


Day of Registration


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Event Schedule

Friday, June 21, 2024

6:00 pm

Early Registration @ The Lost Paddle

8:00 pm

Early Registration Closes

Saturday, June 22, 2024

9:00 am

Check In Opens

11:00 am

First Wave Starts

2:00 pm

Last Wave Starts

2:00 pm

Amelia Empson @ The Lost Paddle

3:30 pm

Awards Ceremony @ The Lost Paddle

4:00 pm

MA'AM @ The Lost Paddle

6:00 pm

Hello June @ The Lost Paddle

8:00 pm

Natalie Brooke @ The Lost Paddle

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a women’s only event or can guys participate?

All kinds welcome! We love our Dirty Dudes as much as our Gritty Chix.

Is there a minimum age requirement?

Open to everyone ages 10 and up. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, no exceptions.

What should I bring?

  • Wear a solid pair of running shoes you aren’t afraid to get muddy!
  • A towel to dry off after using our FREE showers (shuttles to shower houses and   changing rooms will be available)
  • Trash bag for wet/dirty clothes
  • Change of clothes
  • Waterproof sunscreen

If you forgot to pack it, our Outfitter Store should have you covered.

Do I have to be on a team?

Teams are welcome but not required.

Will prizes be awarded?

Yes! Some of the prizes will be awarded to best costume, largest team, furthest traveled and most creative team name.

Are spectators allowed?

Absolutely…for the price of a muddy hug!  Family and friends are welcome to watch from several areas on the course and the FINISH line!

The Race Course

You choose – the 5k Tenacious Trail or the Moxie Mile?

Both woodland trails converge on the mud obstacle course, with a few additional mud-holes on the Tenacious Trail. Obstacles have varying degrees of difficulty, but all are manageable. Upper body strength is helpful and you have the option to bypass any obstacle you’re not comfortable tackling. Our motto: go for it before going around it!  It’s all about excitement, laughter, and camaraderie so we encourage applause, hoots, hollers, and lending a helping hand. Water and first aid are stationed along the trails and at the finish line.


Free & Fun

We’ve got some great perks for all of our racers like…

  • Race Medal at the Finish Line
  • Free Gritty Chix Race Shirt (When you sign up before 5/31/24)
  • Secure Bag Check to hold your goodies while you get muddy
  • Shower houses and changing rooms to get clean after the run
  • Free Parking
  • Shuttles to and from parking and shower facilities
  • Hiking trail access and use
  • Live entertainment at The Lost Paddle Bar and Grill
  • Prizes
  • Special Gritty Chix discounts on adventure activities.


Finish Line Fun

After you rinse off at the finish line, hop on one of our shower shuttles before heading down to The Lost Paddle to refuel and catch the FREE live music! The fun doesn’t have to stop there. ACE is the largest outdoor adventure resort in the eastern US. Zipline through the treetops with unbeatable views of the New River Gorge, explore numerous hiking trails and overlooks on property or add a waterpark pass and tackle the blob or relax beachside. When all the fun has been had, slip away to your private cabin or end the day around a campfire at your favorite campsite with friends.


More Information

Gritty Chix SWAG
Gritty Chix t-shirts will be available in limited sizes and quantities in the Welcome Center on event day. Registrations received by Apr 30th include a FREE Gritty Chix t-shirt to be picked up at the event check-in.

Food And Drinks
With several dining options at the resort we have your pre and post race meals covered. Need a pre race pick me up? Check out our new coffee bar! Our baristas have perfected the classics and come up with some new creations of their own. The Lost Paddle will be open early for breakfast. After the race check out our chef’s version of updated American classics. Feeding the whole crew? Grab a pizza from Woody’s, our award winning, made to order wood fired pizza joint. As always, the Lost Paddle bar will be open to serve you a large selection of ice cold craft and domestic beers, hand crafted cocktails and wine.

Sweet ACE Deals!
Don’t miss out on the Gritty Chix deals when you register. At check out, look for discounted waterpark passes and more!


Waivers & Fine Print

Waivers… everyone needs one!
Please complete the General Liability waiver HERE prior to your arrival. Select the event date 6/22/24 and click NEXT. Then select “Special Events” and “Gritty Chix.” This will speed up your check-in process so you can get to the good stuff sooner.
*Other activities, lodging and the waterpark may require additional waivers and agreements.

Please note…
No refunds
No pets


Live Music @ The Lost Paddle

After getting muddy for a great cause stick around and jam with us on the deck of The Lost Paddle. Free shows and music kicks off at 2pm outside on the deck.

Natalie Brooke – Natalie Brooke is funk and rock brought to you by a powerful 4 piece from the DC area – female fronted with Natalie on keys, keytar and vocals and always backed by a stellar band.

Hello June – Appalachian Indie Rock. NPR Slingshot artist. Praised by Paste Magazine.

MA’AM –  Comprised of M.A. and A.M. In the two person band you will hear folk, rock, country & jazz.

Amelia Empson – an Indie-Americana musician based in the Appalachian mountains of southwestern Virginia. She is an avid outdoors-woman and farmer, and finds inspiration in nature and everything beautiful it holds.



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New River Conservancy

A portion of the proceeds from Gritty Chix Mud Run helps to support the New River Conservancy. The staff, board of directors, and volunteers of New River Conservancy are dedicated to protecting the waters, woodlands, and wildlife of the the New River Watershed. The New River winds its way through three states and countless communities who have depended on its bounty for generations. We are here to protect it and to ensure that the waters that feed it are clean; that the land supports vibrant plants and animals; and that the communities that rely on it are passionate and empowered advocates for a healthy New River.


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