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.

Runners can register online until May 1 at www.intothemudchallenge.com or in person the morning of the race.

Troy R. Bennett

Troy R. Bennett is a Buxton native and longtime Portland resident whose photojournalism has appeared in media outlets all over the world.