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Big Muddy Challenge is big muddy hit in Hanover

Posted on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 10:54 am

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It’s not often children and especially their parents have the chance to purposefully play in mud.

Last Saturday, a little more than 1,000 people did just that at the Big Muddy Challenge’s first race in Hanover County, where the energy, smiles and mud were flowing. The race was the fifth one this year held in locations in both North Carolina and Virginia.

“[There’s] a lot of mud, happy parents and probably even happier kids,” said Adam Spisak, the race’s founder.

The roughly 2 mile-long course included various muddy water pits and obstacle courses like one called “Hercules,” which required participants to climb up a hill of mud using a rope and slide down the other side into a mud pit.

Spisak wanted to create this event, which was founded in 2013, so that parents could share a passion for running with their children in a family-friendly environment.

“Ashland Berry Farm is a great venue and we’re hearing tons of positive feedback about the Big Muddy Challenge here,” Spisak said.

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