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For the second time in as many years, residents will be getting down and dirty for the Hinton Helping Hands mud run.
The event is slated for June 8 and organizers have managed to make it a little bit tougher for participants to get through. More obstacles have been created and the adult race will feature 29 obstacles while the kid race has 20 obstacles.
Volunteers and organizers will get together early on Friday to start getting the track ready for the following day.
“Last year I was there on Friday from 5 am until 1 am. A lot of volunteers, it’s quite a strenuous day,” said Tia Weber, mudrun organizer.
Skid steers from different local companies come to make a path of mud on the whole track, while volunteers start setting up obstacles, mudslides, and puddles.
“We will have 10 loads [of mud], last year only eight. We have three mud puddles this year, last year only one,” said Weber.
Smaller obstacles for the kids include hay bales, balance beams and monkey bars, while the adults will face the hand traverse, a 15-foot tall rope climb, moguls made of dirt piles, a spider wall to climb across and so on.
Profits raised from the run support the Hinton Helping Hands Community Christmas Eve Dinner and provide Christmas gifts to children attending the dinner for those in need, new to the community or those that find themselves alone during the holiday season.
Hinton Helping Hands is solely run by a group of volunteers who decided to take over organizing the mud run from the Town of Hinton.
They invited other non profits to raise funds for their own projects through the mud run.
Non profits involved are the Indoor Playground, which is hosting a bake sale and selling 50/50 tickets, Spay and Neuter selling popcorn, the Hinton Ringette hosting a barbecue, and Hinton School of Dance selling freezies. A pancake breakfast will start off the day at 9:30 am during registration, and while the kids wait for the family friendly mini mudrun at 10:30 am they can enjoy the numerous other activities.
The adult mud run begins at 1 pm, for anyone over 12 years old.
Other activities at the event include balloon twisting by Captain Red, bouncy houses and sno-cones, Paw Patrol and face painting, and a Making Memories photo booth.
Weber expects around 150 to 200 children and adults to participate in the mud run this year. Next year, Weber also hopes to include a dog agility round over the same course after the kids and adults have finished their races.
“Had we had a little bit more volunteer presence I think we could’ve pulled it off. It just gets pretty hectic the last week. We’ll try next year to have the dog agility course right after the adult run,” said Weber.
To participate in the run, register at hintonheroes.com or sign up as a volunteer.
Weber added that volunteers are always welcome for Friday, Saturday after the event, and Sunday.