USM announces second annual Into the Mud Challenge

A team of muddy runners slosh their way through a mud pit during the 2011 Into the Mud Challenge in Gorham, sponsored by University of Southern Maine Sport ManagementProgram.
A team of muddy runners slosh their way through a mud pit during the 2011 Into the Mud Challenge in Gorham, sponsored by University of Southern Maine Sport ManagementProgram.
Posted March 27, 2012, at 3:59 p.m.

GORHAM — The second annual Into the Mud Challenge, a 2.5-mile dash, is sure to be a muddy good time for participants of all ages on Saturday, May 5, at Gorham Middle School, according to organizers. Proceeds from the event will benefit the University of Southern Maine Sport Management Scholarship Fund. Scholarships are designated for undergraduate sport management students taking part in full-time, unpaid internships required for graduation from the program.

The Mud Challenge features slippery pits of mud with obstacles to overcome, all in the spirit of good fun and friendly competition. Last year, the challenge drew 375 participants. Event staff is preparing for a bigger and muddier event this year.

The challenge offers an individual division, a youth division and a team division that allows groups of four to compete. The team division also includes a costume competition. Prizes will be awarded to the winners in each division and to the team with the best costume.

“Participants can expect a challenging 2.5-mile race that will feature mud throughout,” said race course operations coordinator Matt Berry. “Sporting twists and turns with a tire mountain and mud pit will be thrown into the mix as some of the obstacles.”

Organizers are seeking sponsorship partners for the event. For information, visit intothemudchallenge.com.

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