Upcoming Mudfest

By Kody Fisher

Published 03/31 2014 06:45PM

Updated 03/31 2014 06:46PM

Mudfest is not all about running in the mud or getting through the obstacles.  

It’s for a good cause.

The mudfest is named after Daniel Barden, a little boy who died in the Sandy Hook shooting.

The director of the run Dan Williams chose to honor Daniel with a mudfest because it’s something he would have enjoyed.

"This little boy loved to be outside, like a lot of little boys love to get out and run,” said Williams.

The obstacles also have meaning behind them.

“The obstacles are just a way of people getting out there and pushing themselves and getting out of that comfort zone and then realizing how good we really do have it,” said Willilams.

All of the proceeds from the event are going to charity.

Fifty percent to sandy hook promise, and fifty percent to compeer in Utica, which is a mentorship program for people who are mentally ill or recovering from substance abuse.

"For a person to sustain their recovery not only helps our community heal, but also saves money," said compeer community program director Judy Reilly.

The mudfest will also have food and music for after the run.as well as fire sculptures that will be lit in remembrance of all the lives lost during the Sandy Hook shooting.

"It’s going to be one of the most powerful experiences of your life and its right here in the Mohawk valley,” said Williams.

Nine hundred people have already registered for the mudfest.  Its costs seventy dollars to do so and you can participate in all the fun obstacles and the mud.

To register go to bardenmudfest.org

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