Into The Mud Challenge good, dirty fun for racers

Posted May 03, 2013, at 5:29 a.m.
Racers trudge through &quotGot Mud," one of more than 20 obstacles in the Into The Mud Challenge, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Gorham, Maine.
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Racers trudge through "Got Mud," one of more than 20 obstacles in the Into The Mud Challenge, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Gorham, Maine.
Racers climb out the &quotCamo Crawl" — an obstacle that resembles a child's sandbox, only filled with mud — during the Into The Mud Challenge, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Gorham, Maine.
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Racers climb out the "Camo Crawl" — an obstacle that resembles a child's sandbox, only filled with mud — during the Into The Mud Challenge, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Gorham, Maine.
A racer who lost her footing reacts after plopping into a mud pit during in the Into The Mud Challenge, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Gorham, Maine.
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A racer who lost her footing reacts after plopping into a mud pit during in the Into The Mud Challenge, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Gorham, Maine.
Racers help each other get through &quotGot Mud," an obstacle in the Into The Mud Challenge, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Gorham, Maine.
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Racers help each other get through "Got Mud," an obstacle in the Into The Mud Challenge, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Gorham, Maine.
A woman reacts after falling up to her nose into a mud pit during the Into The Mud Challenge, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Gorham, Maine.
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A woman reacts after falling up to her nose into a mud pit during the Into The Mud Challenge, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Gorham, Maine.
Nicole Crocker (754) starts to show exhaustion after leading her teammates over the hay bale obstacles during the Into The Mud Challenge, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Gorham, Maine.
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Nicole Crocker (754) starts to show exhaustion after leading her teammates over the hay bale obstacles during the Into The Mud Challenge, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Gorham, Maine.
Alanna York of the Muddy Badgers competes in the Into The Mud Challenge, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Gorham, Maine.
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Alanna York of the Muddy Badgers competes in the Into The Mud Challenge, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Gorham, Maine.
Keri DuFresne, left, and her Running Wild teammates crawl under trip lines in the &quotEnchanted Forest" obstacle during the Into The Mud Challenge, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Gorham, Maine.
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Keri DuFresne, left, and her Running Wild teammates crawl under trip lines in the "Enchanted Forest" obstacle during the Into The Mud Challenge, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Gorham, Maine.
Mud splashes as a racer's shoe hits a puddle during the Into The Mud Challenge, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Gorham, Maine.
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Mud splashes as a racer's shoe hits a puddle during the Into The Mud Challenge, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Gorham, Maine.
Jennie Hussey of Rochester, N.H., reacts to a splash of cold water while cleaning up after completing the Into The Mud Challenge, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Gorham, Maine.
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Jennie Hussey of Rochester, N.H., reacts to a splash of cold water while cleaning up after completing the Into The Mud Challenge, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Gorham, Maine.
Teammates smear mud onto the face of Danielle Brox, of Augusta, after she removed the goggles she wore to keep the mud out of her eyes during the Into The Mud Challenge, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Gorham, Maine.
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Teammates smear mud onto the face of Danielle Brox, of Augusta, after she removed the goggles she wore to keep the mud out of her eyes during the Into The Mud Challenge, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Gorham, Maine.
The tutu-wearing team called Girls Gone Muddy runs down one of the drier sections of the race course during the Into The Mud Challenge, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Gorham, Maine.
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The tutu-wearing team called Girls Gone Muddy runs down one of the drier sections of the race course during the Into The Mud Challenge, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Gorham, Maine.
A competitor wearing a business shirt and tie emerges from the &quotCamo Crawl" obstacle during the Into The Mud Challenge, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Gorham, Maine.
Robert F. Bukaty
A competitor wearing a business shirt and tie emerges from the "Camo Crawl" obstacle during the Into The Mud Challenge, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Gorham, Maine.
A racer splashes through the &quotRiver Run" obstacle during the Into The Mud Challenge, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Gorham, Maine.
Robert F. Bukaty
A racer splashes through the "River Run" obstacle during the Into The Mud Challenge, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Gorham, Maine.

GORHAM, Maine — Lots of people enter road races — and most even have a good time running on pavement — but if you really want to have fun racing, consider entering a mud race.

More than 1,000 people did just that on Sunday, competing in the third annual Into The Mud Challenge, a 2.5-mile obstacle course race through the woods. A few set out to win but most came to remember what it was like being a kid again.

Obstacles to overcome — or play in — included man-made mud pits to crawl through, thigh-deep muddy water to trudge through and hay bales and walls to climb over.

The event was put on entirely by University of Southern Maine undergraduate students in the sports management program. Students in the class spent the entire spring semester getting sponsors, organizing the event and building the race course.

Judging by the amount of fun everyone had, it’s safe to say those students will be getting an A in the class.

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