USM students Austin Brown (from left), Dan Rautenberg and Katie Paradis slather themselves with mud on the Portland campus before heading into downtown Thursday, April 19, 2012 to promote the Into the Mud Challenge. The challenge is a 2.5 mile muddy footrace in Gorham May 5 to raise money for the USM Sports Management Scholarship Fund.
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Muddy USM students Brett Kapteina (left) and Dan Rautenberg hand out fliers in downtown Portland on Thursday, April 19, 2012 to promote the Into the Mud Challenge.
PORTLAND, Maine — A group of University of Southern Maine students slathered themselves with a bucketful of mud Thursday and handed out fliers to the lunch crowd in Monument Square, promoting the second annual Into the Mud Challenge, a 2½-mile footrace through obstacles and goo to raise money for a USM sports management scholarship.
The race is May 5 at Gorham Middle School.
“It’s going to be tons of family fun,” said race director and sports management student Josh Maxwell.
The fun kicks off at 9:30 a.m. with a shorter but equally messy race for kids and the main event starts at 10:30 a.m. Costumes are encouraged and awards will be given for the best-dressed participants.