Down and dirty at Pelham Mudfest

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Mother Nature dished up her finest rain to create the perfect amount of mud for the Pelham Mudfest Challenge organized by the Foothill Rotary Club on Saturday, May 6.

The mud run obstacle course is set up at Bissells Hideaway in Pelham. The course runs 6 kms for adults throughout the campground in the hilly terrain of the Short Hills of Niagara. There were 26 obstacles throughout the course ranging from trestles, tires, teeter totters, slip n slide, to the mud pit and more. The adult course was for participants 13 years of age or older.

Paul Snack, from the Foothill Rotary said “the weather played into this perfectly, this is a mud fest and we wanted it to be muddy and it certainly was muddy. We had more than enough water and it was nice that the rain held off today.”

Teams could be any size and team work is encouraged to complete the course. Unlike other races, the start is staggered according to groups. There is approximately 3 minutes between each group. The first group started at 10:30 and the last group started at 1 pm. The entire course takes approximately 1 hour to complete.

More than 300 adults and children signed up to participate this year and people were still registering all week despite the weather. New this year was a 1 km kids run for children between 6 -12 years old. Paul Snack, one of the organizers said “they see mom and dad and want to do it too.” The children fun run had about 75 participants. “The kids course was perfect and everybody enjoyed the mud. The kids course it was a big hit this year.” Many did the course multiple times. Some parents just brought their kids, their kids signed up on their own. The children were not restricted and some ran through it 3 or 4 times. At the end of the children’s course the Fonthill Fire Department was there hosing the kids off at the end of the race.

Proceeds from Mudfest this year will go to support the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program. This is a major fundraiser to benefit Rotary projects in the community and around the world.

Barb Van Der Hayden, from Big Brother, Big Sisters said, “this is the first time the Fonthill Rotary Club has asked us to partner with them and we are very excited . We are the addition of the children obstacle course for it and it has gone great. If we are invited we will be back next year. they are a wonderful organization to be partnered with.”

“Everybody who I have talked to who ran the race thought it was perfect. For the mudfesters out there, it was a good day,” said Snack. “The volunteers out there I have to give them credit because they had to stand around in the dampness and cold and it was a little tougher on them.”

Larry Boggio, owner of Boggio’s Family of Pharmacies had a team of 12 entered into the race for the first time. When asked about the course Boggio said it was “fantastic we had a lot of fun, we will definitely be back next year.”



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