THE recent downpour of rain has made the ground muddy, wet and slippery - the perfect conditions for tomorrow's mud run.
Hundreds of locals will be donning their pinkest or craziest costumes to run, slip and sludge through the muddy 5km obstacle course.
The Emerald Mud Run kicks off tomorrow morning at Chalcedony Rd, off the Capricorn Hwy, and will be once again raising much-needed funds for Central Highland's local cancer charities through the Emerald Neighbourhood Centre.
"It is a different venue, a totally different event really, to last year," Mud Run Emerald organisers Laura Clarke and Kirsty Appleton said.
"But the concept of mud and people having an amazing time is the focus.
"We expect to see the craziest costumes - there is huge excitement about what people are going to wear, especially since there is no theme."
Laura said it has been great to see the community and local businesses come on board to help set-up and run the day.
This included the Mud Matters Mentoring Partnership group helping to decorate and build obstacles.
"The Emerald fire brigade will be at one of the obstacles creating a bit of mayhem," she said.
Spectators are welcome to bring a picnic blanket and chairs with plenty to do for the whole family.
Mud Run Emerald participants are also invited to attend the first official Mud Run after party, tomorrow night at the Irish Village car park from 7pm to late.
Laura and Kirsty said runners needed to ensure they brought their waivers and their ID - or they would not be running.
Cancer charities to benefit include the Central Queensland Rural Division for Breast and Prostate Cancer, Emerald Neighbourhood Centre - Men's Cancer Support Group, Look Good Feel Better and the Emerald Hospital - Oncology Support.
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