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Mud Run coming to Colton Saturday


COLTON - Those looking to burn some calories, enjoy the outdoors or simply get some clothes dirty can attend the first Colton Mud Fling Endurance Race on Saturday.

The event kicks off at 11 a.m. with a three-mile road race along Hanson Road, and participants are then tasked with making their way through a 1,500 foot obstacle course at the firemen’s field.

The obstacle course forces contestants to work through tires, crawl through ropes and journey through a mud pit.

The event is put on by the town’s fire department, rescue squad and recreation department.

“Currently we have 57 registered. I’ve had about 150 people calling the last couple of weeks with interest,” Colton Recreation Department Chairman Kevin N. LaMora said. “I’m hoping for at least 100 people, and I’m pretty sure we will get that.”

Prizes will be awarded to the first place male finisher, top female finisher and top team of four.

“The top male, female and team of four receive a package of prizes and trophies ranging from approximately $350 to $400 (in value.) There will also be random door prizes at the event,” Mr. LaMora said. “There will be t-shirts for the first 50 to show up as well.”

Mr. LaMora said 40 percent of the proceeds will go to the fire department and the rest will go to youth programs for the recreation department.

Given the difficulty of the event, participants must be at least 12 years old to take part in the Mud Run. Those between 12 and 15 years of age must be accompanied by a guardian throughout the race while 16 and 17 year-olds may compete with a guardian on the premises.

Mr. LaMora coordinated a fishing derby for children last year in the hamlet, leading to his designation as the department’s chairman. He also noted that volunteers are always needed at this type of event and those interested should contact him at 262-2225.

There is a $35 event day registration fee.

“It is pretty simple. I didn’t base it military style. A high school student who likes to split wood could do this. On a scale of one to 10 in terms of intensity, it is around a five. I try to make it right in the middle,” Mr. LaMora said. “The three-mile run is a little challenging because of the hill so that will be physically demanding though.”

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