More than 1,300 runners have signed up for this Saturday's Inaugural South Florida Mud Run to benefit the new Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 12, at the Redneck Yacht Club in Punta Gorda.
"We decided to organize the South Florida Mud Run as a unique fundraising event to raise money for local charities and promote active family friendly lifestyles," said Stephanie Ink-Edwards. "We are thrilled to have this many people sign up to participate in this unique fundraising experience to and support the new Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida."
Dustin Edwards and Stefanie Ink-Edwards founded the South Florida Mud Run in early 2012. The Mud Run was created as a unique fundraising event that not only would raise money for a worthy cause, but also promote an active lifestyle in a family friendly way.
There will be almost 2,600 at the Redneck Yacht Club this Saturday between volunteers, vendors and runners.
The South Florida Mud Run features a three-mile obstacle course created to challenge one's physical endurance. Participants compete in a running, jumping, climbing all with mud. The South Florida Mud Run will also include two child-friendly half mile and one-mile obstacle runs. All activities are open to the public and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida.
"Both of our children were born at the Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida and admitted to the NICU due to health complications, so raising funds for the new hospital is just one way we can give back and show them how much we appreciate the quality care we received for our children," said Dustin Edwards.
Participation is open to children and adults from ages 4 and up.
Participants can sign up as individuals or are welcome to come as team.
Groups of 200 will begin the competition every 30 minutes beginning at 9 a.m.
Registration fees vary and include a finisher's medal, T-shirt and complimentary drinks.
Parking is $10 per vehicle.
For more information, go to http://southfloridamudrun.com/