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Updated: August 20, 2012 11:42AM



Do you remember your mom admonishing you for playing in the mud, or telling your own children to stay out of the dirt?

But now, as adults, all those kids can get as muddy as they want to by being a part of the Valparaiso Mudathlon, which boasts 40 obstacles on a three-mile course — and it’s not easy to stay standing during this amazing event. There is even an adult slip-and-slide that ends in mud.

The fun takes place Saturday, July 21, at the Graeber farm at 236 S. County Road 200W (right off of Indiana 2 in Valparaiso).

Graeber’s is the only farm with cows, so you can’t miss it. This kind of crazy event, which gives everyone a chance to forget their mom’s warnings and jump head first in mud, is gaining in popularity with more than 2,000 “runners” signed up for the wet dirt event.

There is even a costume contest, although I can’t imagine how any judge can determine what is under all the brown stuff covering everyone.

My young friend, Garnett Kirk (who is a little bit nutty), said he and his five-member team is really looking forward to the fun with a “beer and a brat” at the end.

The first wave of runners heads out at 7 a.m., with teams following in their muddy footsteps until 1:30 p.m.

Although there are plenty of participants, volunteers are still needed throughout the day, beginning at 6:30 a.m. Volunteer shifts are 6:30 to 11 a.m., 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., or for the entire time, to check-in runners, man water stations, keep muddy people on the right course, and be finish-line cheerleaders.

Volunteers receive two food/drink coupons, a Mudathlon T-shirt, and the Mudathlon manager will even donate $10 to a charity of your choice. That’s a really nice gesture on their part.

Just think, you can be entertained by watching the “slimy sliders” wallowing in mud, have a nice lunch, and even get a contribution to a place you care about. What a great way to spend a Saturday!

Another neat thing the managers do is have the runners deposit their muddy shoes into a bin, which will be thoroughly cleaned before being given to the homeless or others in need.

I’m taking my camera Saturday, Garnett, and I hope you smile for the picture, ’cause all that will be visible is your teeth.

I apologize! Last week I told you all about the Elvis Tribute Concert, and left out the date! It is Aug. 25 at the Hobart Elks Club, and tickets can be purchased there or by calling Carol Valdivia at 476-0390. Doors open at 6 p.m., followed by the show at 7:30.

Sorry, Carol.

Thanks for reading. Fly your flag.



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