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First annual mud run draws hundreds of participants Submitted: 07/23/2016
Allie Herrera
Allie Herrera
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First annual mud run draws hundreds of participants
CRANDON - The first annual Legionnaire Mud Challenge made its way to Crandon Saturday.

The International Off-Road Raceway welcomed nearly 200 participants who were ready to get down and dirty.

Men and women of all ages were brought together by the desire to work up a sweat.


"There's not a lot of opportunities like this in the Northwoods, so it's always great to see one pop up," said Justin Lund.

Lund an experienced obstacle course athlete and came in first in the men's 10K.

And for the women, Sheila Reynolds also took first place.
 
"It's fun and then you get other people running and you're encouraging them along in a way. It's just a great atmosphere," said Reynolds. 

Athletes participating in the mud challenge had the option to run as individuals or as part of a team. When registering, they chose between the 5K or 10K. 

Not only are these athletes getting all muddy as they're going through the race, they also have to climb over obstacles such as this stack of hay bales. 

Some of the obstacles included a tire wall, a slip 'n' slide, and several muddy, wet puddles. 

"I talked to a lot of the runners before we went, and they said that the obstacles were tough and they really liked the course," said Beaver, one of four runners on a team. 

Beaver and The Boys completed the course with only a few setbacks along the way.

"I lost my shoe in the middle of it and had to go back and find it," he said. 

Athletes had to get up and over more than 15 obstacles throughout the race. 

All the money raised will go to the Northwoods United Way and American Cancer Society.

The second annual Legionnaire Mud Challenge will take place next year. 

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