Frequently Asked Questions


Where is the Black Swamp Runner Course Located?

The course is located at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds

7870 State Route 163 Oak Harbor, Ohio 43449

This is in Northwest Ohio, near Lake Erie

Is there parking close to the event?

There is on-site parking and it cost $10

It is very close to the registration barn and the start/finish line. 

How old do you have to be to run the course?

The minimum age is 9 years old, but 9 and 10 year olds must be with an adult at all times during the run. (no exceptions) 

Is there a kids course?

No unfortunately we don't have a kids course. We do have a couple small obstacles near the photo banner where they can get a taste of what the big kids do.

Were is Registration and Packet Pick-UP?

They are located in the white barn between the parking area and the starting line.  

Race registration for  $79.00

Black Swamp Stomp  a multi-lap option available for an additional $10 (cash only)

(only for the Black Swamp Dash)

Barn opens at: 8:00 am for the Black Swamp Dash.

Opens at 8:00 pm for the Moonlight Mud Run


Opens at 7:00 pm for the Night of the Dead Run

*NOTE*  Be sure to bring a photo I.D. to registration 

 No I.D. No RUN! 

Is there a bag check?

Yes we will have a bag check  ($5 cash only) It will be located in or near the registration barn


Is the Course spectator friendly?

The black Swamp Runner Course is very spectator friendly. A lot of obstacles can be seen from the grandstands and several obstacles are located within a short walk. We encourage family and friends take pictures to capture that special moment.

What happens if I can't do an obstacle?

Black Swamp Dash June 15th competitive waves only - In order to keep your band and qualify for awards or to qualify for the North American/World Championships you must complete all obstacles. All runners must at least attempt the Xtreme side of the choose your challenge obstacles, but MUST complete at least the challenge side to keep your band.

Black Swamp Dash un-timed waves If you are not comfortable trying an obstacle you can skip it.  We encourage everyone to step out of your comfort zone and try them but it is not mandatory. 

Moonlight Mud Run and The Night of the Dead Runs

These runs were built and designed to be fun and give you the chance to try something new.   If you are not comfortable trying an obstacle you can skip it.  We encourage everyone to step out of your comfort zone and try them but it is not mandatory. 

What happens if it rains?

This is the Black SWAMP trust me it will rain

Rain just adds a new twist to the course.

 In the event of lightning we will stop the event  until it is safe to  continue.

What happens if I register, but can't make it to the event?

There are no refunds, you can transfer your registration to someone else for a small fee.

*NOTE* there will be no transferring of registration  the last 7 days prior to the event

Is there an area to wash off?

We have several wash off hoses for your convenience. Please be respectful of others  while washing off

Is there somewhere to change?

We will have two changing tents near the wash off racks