Getting muddy for a good cause

Dave Johnson Photo - A group of E.L. Crossley students took part in Pelham Mudfest Challenge 2015 at Bissell’s Hideaway in Pelham Saturday.

Dave Johnson Photo – A group of E.L. Crossley students took part in Pelham Mudfest Challenge 2015 at Bissell’s Hideaway in Pelham Saturday.

“They’re going to get muddy,” said Frank Adamson of Pelham Mudfest participants before the start of the event Saturday.

Adamson, mudfest organizer, said there were more than 200 people registered for the event held at Bissell’s Hideaway in Pelham.

“It’s a six-kilometre run with 28 obstacles. There are a lot of natural obstacles here, from ravines, to creeks, ponds and hills,” he said.

Some of the obstacles faced by the runners included the Slop Out, a nearly two metre deep mud hole filled with water; Belly Crawl, a crawl in mud and water under rope centimetres off of the ground; The Crossing, a run across a shallow pond at the start; Teeter Totter, a walk across a teeter totter; and the Wall of Shame, a log wall at least five metres tall.

Rotary Club of Fonthill put on the event, which started with the first wave of runners heading out at 9:40 a.m. through the resort off of Metler Rd.

Adamson said it was the second year for mudfest, and the third one held at Bissell’s. Two were held in 2014, one in May, one in September.

“We’re looking at holding it in the spring annually.”

Saturday’s run raised funds for Wellspring Niagara, a cancer support organization, and End Polio Now, a Rotary International Project.

“End Polio Now has been trying to eradicate polio across the world for many years and we are really close to doing that,” said Adamson, Rotary Club president elect.

Adamson expected mudfest to raise between $10,000 and $12,000 Saturday.

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