Park District's first mud run a success

Shirts were stained and shoes were lost in the mud and the muck as participants raced through a variety of obstacles in the Pekin Park District’s and Pekin Park Foundation’s first mud run Saturday morning at Mineral Springs Park.

The Run a Muck mud run was a first-of-its-kind fundraiser for the Pekin Park Foundation Scholarship program, Pekin Park District Executive Director Cameron Bettin said.

“We thought it was a great opportunity to do a fundraiser for our park foundation. We’ve never done a fundraiser like this before,” Bettin said. “Mud runs are very popular right now. It’s a fun thing to do and it’s a fun opportunity to do something for the kids.”

According to Bettin, the scholarship program helps families enroll their kids in park programs.

More than 140 runners ranging from 3-16 years old competed in the race.

The obstacle course featured hay bales to jump over, multiple mud mounds to climb over, a mud pond to wade through and mud pits to crawl through.

Addison Morris, 7, of Pekin said the course was really fun and the “pool of mud” was her favorite obstacle of the course.

Pekin firefighters hosed down the course to create the muddy conditions.

“The fire department has been great. They’ve been a huge help,” Bettin said. “Our sponsors have been great and I’m glad they wanted to support the Park Foundation. Hopefully, we grow this and make the course bigger and start getting adults involved. We look forward to doing this again next year.”