Get down and dirty at KidsTown

March 02, 2018

Dirty Demons team members Hugo, 8, Miles, 7, and Felix Harding, 10, test out the mud.

Bree Harding and Bel Aloi are keen to take on the challenging course at the Mad Cow Mud Run tomorrow.

You will have to run, crawl, climb, carry and laugh ... and yes, expect some mud.

The Mad Cow Mud Run is back again tomorrow with a new course and new owners.

‘‘This year we’ve changed it totally,’’ event organiser and renowned organ donation campaigner Allan Turner said.

More than 2500 participants are expected to tackle the ‘‘fun and more challenging’’ course at SPC KidsTown, which has close to 60 obstacles.

‘‘So far we’ve had a record number of registrations. We’ve had 11 new obstacles built for the event, by Dhurringile prisoners. Runners will end up going through a lot more mud and a lot more water,’’ Mr Turner said.

‘‘It might take a little while longer to complete the course; those that have done it in the past will be pleasantly surprised.’’

This year, 100 per cent of the profit from the event will go to Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation, an organisation Mr Turner founded in honour of his daughter Zaidee, who donated her organs following her sudden death at the age of seven.

‘‘We’re raising awareness about organ donation. It looks like a number of teams are already incorporating a rainbow theme into their uniforms,’’ he said.

Participants can choose between ‘The Calf Half’ (6km) and ‘The Whole Heifer’ (12km) course options, with a 2km children’s event also on offer.

‘‘There are plenty of opportunities for spectators to view the course here at KidsTown or at the Botanical Gardens,’’ Mr Turner said.

Online registrations have ended, but those wishing to participate can register on the day, with adults required to register prior to 7am and children by 9.30am on Saturday, March 3 at SPC KidsTown.

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