Hudson, WI – The YMCA of the North, a leading nonprofit dedicated to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, on May 4 will host the inaugural Y Mess Fest for kids and adults at YMCA Camp DayCroix in Hudson, Wisconsin.

At Y Mess Fest, participants don’t need to clean up their mess – they get to make one! The two-mile obstacle course is packed with activities where racers will crawl over, under, around and through all kinds of nature-made and human-made messes like paint, mud and sand, and will end with a giant bubble dance party. Participants will have a blast strengthening their bodies and clearing their minds as they get messy.

The event is open to children and adults, ages 5 and up. Registration time options start at 11 a.m. and go until 4 p.m. Racers choose their start session at registration. Registration includes a great obstacle course, swag, a hand-crafted medal and snacks at the finish line. To learn more and register, visit

“Our Y Mess Fest adventure race is an opportunity for youth and families to enjoy time in nature while challenging themselves in a unique way – and embracing the fun of messiness,” said Glen Gunderson, president of the YMCA of the North. “YMCA of the North events like Mess Fest help participants develop a love of outdoor adventure that they can continue cultivating long after the event is over.”

WHAT: Y Mess Fest

WHERE: YMCA Day Camp DayCroix, 345 Riverview Dr., Hudson, WI 54016

WHEN: Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

About the YMCA of the North

The YMCA of the North is a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Established 168 years ago, the Y seeks to be the leader in experiences that foster wellbeing for people and communities. By nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving health and wellbeing, and supporting and serving our neighbors, the Y ensures that everyone has the opportunity to become healthier, more confident, connected and secure. To learn more about the Y’s mission and work, visit