Mud Run challenges people and raises money

| June 24, 2013

COSHOCTON – Tyler Roahrig was looking forward to taking on the Indian Mud Run course Saturday morning.

“I had a really good time last year,” he said. “It’s something different that is new and upcoming. I’m hoping to improve my time, but I still want to have fun.”

Several hundred people attend and challenged themselves at the Indian Mud Run, which was held June 22, at Lake Park. The 5K course included 30 obstacles.

Participants were faced with hills, cargo nets, a water slide, monkey bars across water, fire, ice, arrows and of course mud.

“I’m excited to try and make it through,” said Matthew Sturtz.

He helped out with the Indian Mud Run last year and was happy to see organizer Hubie Cushman put it together again this year.

“What Hubie is doing is great,” Sturtz said. “This is a good thing for the community.”

Thirty percent of all profits from the event went to volunteer emergency services and Lake Park received seventy percent.

“It feels good to do this for the second year in a row,” Cushman said. “I didn’t get as much done as I wanted, but what we did get done I couldn’t have done without Dan and Lori Shaw. The biggest thing we need for next year is more pre-race help.”

He also hopes that next year organizers can reach the goal of getting 1,000 or more people to compete in the mud run.

“We have a wonderful course, but we just aren’t able to get the word out,” Cushman said. “We are hoping that once people find out they can get their names on our shirts they will come and we will be able to make this a two day event.”

Shirts for the 2014 mud run will feature the names of the top winners from this year. Next year, 15 percent of the profits also will go to a charity that commits the most volunteers to helping out with the mud run.

Dan was happy he was able to help Cushman with the event.

“Hubie and I work well together and we enjoy doing this,” Dan said. “We worked a lot of long hard hours, but seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces makes it worth it.”

To get more information on the Indian Mud Run, visit www.indianmudrun.com or look the event up on Facebook.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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