Race organizers want runners to get good and messy

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

— Maple Ski Ridge is transforming its slopes for a wild, muddy race through an array of obstacles for a good time and a good cause.

Ridge staff members and volunteers are working on completing the 5k Mud Run race course for Run The Ridge on Saturday, July 28, which will see runners facing obstacles of water, fire, climbs, crawls and a healthy portion of mud. A toned down 2k Family Mud Run will also be held to cater to kids, with an adult chaperone required for anyone younger than 12 years old. A portion of proceeds raised from the event will be donated to the Albany Vet Center.

Kate Michener, marketing and special events coordinator at Maple Ski Ridge, said the event is a good way to connect with the community and give back. The upcoming winter will mark the Ridge’s 50th year in business.

“We are trying to celebrate that by giving back a little more to the community,” Michener said.

Two area military members approached Maple about doing the run and have experience in other mud run races, she said. The two men have helped create the course design for the race and also spurred the idea to donate a portion of proceeds to the Albany Vet Center.

“He really enjoys the program and the services they offer to veterans and their families,” Michener said.

The response has already been strong with nearly 150 registered runners signed up. There are more than 90 participants for the 5k Mud Run and the 2k Family Mud Run also has a good start, with almost 30 children and 30 adults. Michener said she expects there to be a rush of registrations as the race nears.

“These types of runs are very popular,” she said. “A lot of people are liking this one is so close to the Capital District.

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