NEWCASTLE Surf Life Saving Club is taking the muck out of the obstacle course craze and bringing it to picturesque King Edward Park tomorrow.
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And it’s all for a good cause.

Mick Gilmour from the Newcastle surf club is the driving force behind the inaugural Surf’n’Turf Obstacle Race, which is putting the city spin on the endurance event phenomenon sweeping the country.

The 5km event through King Edward Park and along Newcastle Beach will include a tyre field run, cargo net climbs, balance beam, commando crawls, hurdles as well as sandbag and log carries. No swimming is involved. Gilmour came up with the idea for the event while running in and around King Edward Park over the past 18 months.

He believed the race was a first because all proceeds from it go to worthy cause – buying lifesaving equipment for the Newcastle Surf Life Saving Club. “This is unique because it is run by a community, a not-for-profit group,” Gilmour said.

More than 300 people had registered online and Gilmour hoped many more would sign up on the day.

He hoped to grow the race into an annual fundraiser for the club.

“At a lot of these events you have to travel to the back of Joe the farmer’s paddock and drive home muddy,” he said. “Here you get to have a shower straight after then go to a nice restaurant or bar nearby. We believe it has a lot of appeal.”

The event is a timed race for teams or individuals starting in waves of 70 people every 15 minutes from 9am.

Food, refreshments, and live music will be available on the day at Newcastle SLSC.

HEAVY LOAD: Mick Gilmour in the heat of battle in King Edward Park.