CLEARFIELD -- It is all just dirty, healthy fun.
The 8th annual Davis County 5K Walk/Run and -- back by popular demand -- its corresponding 2nd annual Kids Fun Mud Race, will be held Aug. 18 at the Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington.
The 5K Walk/Run begins at 7:30 a.m., with the kids mud race to follow at 9 a.m.
The mud race is free to children, but requires preregistration for liability purposes at the Davis County Health Department offices at 22 S. State St., Clearfield.
The cost for the 5K activity is $25 per person, or $20 for those who preregister by today. The activity is free for those age 60 and older. The registration fee includes a T-shirt.
In 2011, 144 people participated in the 5K walk/run, while 137 children participated in the mud race, officials said.
"There are many benefits to walking. Research shows a 30 to 40 percent reduction in the risk of heart disease and 50 percent reduction in the risk for premature death," Davis County Health Director Lewis R. Garrett said.
"Walking is a great physical activity to maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk for chronic disease, including cancer, heart disease and diabetes," said Sally Kershisnik, director of the health department's Family Health and Senior Services Division.
"All of the younger kids who complete the specially marked, noncompetitive, mud course near the Davis County Fair area will get a participation prize," event organizer Jessica Hardcastle said.
Hardcastle advises parents to have their kids wear their grubbiest clothes and bring a towel, because they are going to get muddy and wet. Local firefighters will be on hand with firefighting equipment to help the children clean off after completing their run through the mud, she said.
Registration forms for 5K or mud run events are available at the health department offices, or online at the Davis County Walks website at www.daviscountyutah.gov/dcw.
For more information call 801-525-5050.