08/29/2011 05:34 pm ET Updated Oct 29, 2011

The Devil Dash 5K Race Returns In Time For Halloween In Lyons

Running is hell, but then again that's the whole point with the annual Devil Dash 5K Mud Run. Back again just in time for Halloween, Bohn Park will be all a rage with runners dressed up as devils and angels in a muddy day-long festival.

The 3.1 mile race will have runners taking on 14 obstacles through Purgatory, three miles of terrain themed on the seven deadly sins, and ends in "Paradise" (read: celebrating with friends and family, and checking out the Beer Garden of Eden). The top three male and female finishers will be mailed a prize, along with the winners for best costumes.

Part of the proceeds from the race will go to First Descents, a Colorado-based nonprofit that provides free outdoor adventure programs to young adults battling cancer. Also any additional non-profit organizations that bring 10-20 volunteers for race day can earn up to $1000 for their cause, according to a press release.

“Devil Dash is an event that runners and spectators will never forget. After conquering an adventurous course with 14 natural and man made obstacles themed after the 7 deadly sins, racers will celebrate with live music, beer and food, alongside their fellow Devils,” Race Director Will Newcomer said.

The race organizers recommend that pets and children be left at home, as the course includes jumping through fire, crawling through mud pits and scaling net walls.

If you go:
The race is geared toward participants age 16 and older, and the first wave will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday Oct. 8, 2011.