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Race organizers want runners to get good and messy

Maple Ski Ridge to host first mud run, raise funds for veteran center

— The website for race registration, www.runreg.com, allows for people to easily register for the race and also make an optional additional donation to the Vet Center. Michener said people have been “generous” in making additional gifts.

“We have had a lot of people make additional donations, so that just shows the generosity of the Capital District,” she said. “I’ve always found when there is a need people are very generous.”

Festivities will continue after the two races conclude, with a DJ playing music as food and beverages are served up. Some local beer will be tapped from BENsBREW along with some standard beer selections, too. There will also be a “kids zone” for families to enjoy the after party.

“We are attempting to make this an enjoyable event for people of all ages,” Michener said. “A lot of these Mud Runs just become this big crazy party, but Maple Ski Ridge is known to be a family place so we want to make it open for everybody.”

She said for fitness-minded people would probably enjoy testing themselves in a new and different way.

“Why not test yourself to run to see what you can do?” she asked. “I think everyone is going to be pleasantly surprised between the terrain we have and the features we have created. I don’t think there are going to be many disappointed people.”

At each of the main obstacles there will be Maple staff members with medical training to keep a watchful eye on competitors.

Details on most of the obstacles are being kept under wraps so as to surprise participants on race day, but Michener provided one hint.

“If you are really, really hot on that day, we are going to have something that will cool you off, she said.

For information on the race course and activities, visit www.runtheridge.net.

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