The River Fun Mud Run, held Oct. 5 in Anderson River Park, raised $18,000 for Youth Violence Prevention Council programs in Shasta County, said Susan Wilson, executive director of the non-profit agency.
“We had about 450 adults and older children run our course and some of them ran the 5 kilometer course more than once,” Wilson writes in an email sent to the Valley Post.
“Runners reported that the course was pretty difficult and (many) were impressed at the number and variety of obstacles to overcome,” she said, noting the course was designed and built by Eddie Axner of Axner Construction.
Children enjoyed the mud puddle, a course specifically designed for youths 10 and younger, she said.
“We had more than 60 children participate in the course and play in the mud. One child stayed with us from before the start of the race to the very end of the event – a total of about four hours,” Wilson noted.
Afterwards, volunteers located every lost sock and shoe before the owners of those items headed home.
Also, as a parting gift, each child received a book donated by First 4 Shasta, Wilson said.
The event proved so successful that organizers are busy getting ready for next year’s extravaganza.
“We plan to have our next Mud Run in Anderson on Sept. 15, 2014,” Wilson added.