Roseanne Weathers knows the value of high school music programs.


"We had the 'Kool-Aid House,' so there were band kids at my house constantly, constantly," said Weathers, whose three boys each participated in Hesperia Unified School District music programs. "For some of these kids, music is the sanctuary for them maybe their only sanctuary."


"I don't even know where I'd be without band," said her son Bradley, who graduated from Oak Hills High School in 2011.


But as the HUSD's budget is squeezed ever-tighter by the state, Weathers wanted to do something to help the programs out. Some of her marketing clients organized mud runs and Weathers thought the concept would work well in Hesperia.


Most mud runs are 5-kilometer courses that feature different obstacle stations. Many incorporate wall climbs, hill climbs and of course mud pit crawls.


The runs have been increasingly popular in recent years with several organizations, including The Sunset Hills Children's Foundation in Apple Valley and the California Veteran's Home in Barstow, opting to use the muddy races to help in fundraising.


The Warrior Dash, a well-established mud run that tours the country, takes place in Lake Elsinore later this month, and allows each paying participant the opportunity to raise extra money for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital this year.


Hesperia's inaugural Mud Jam will take place on the morning of Oct. 20, in and around a 5-acre parcel owned by the HUSD behind Cedar Middle School. The race will combine a 5K run with two sets of muddy obstacle courses. Funds raised by the event will go to the school of the participant's choice.


"If we get 50 people from each" of the HUSD's 23 schools with a music program, "that's 1,000 people," Weathers said, and at least $10,000 raised for local music programs.


To help spur participation at each high school, the logo on the T-shirts given to participants will be in the colors of whichever high school signs up the most participants. The district's middle school students will be vying for a championship cup for whichever school signs up the most participants.


"My hope is that (the race) is going to expose the band programs to community members who are completely oblivious" to it otherwise, Weathers said.


For more information about the Mud Jam, visit MudJam.org.