VIENNA – In partnership with the city of Vienna, the Parkersburg YMCA organized a mud race on Saturday.
The 1.25 mile course stretched from the wooded area behind the Vienna Rec Center and Jackson Middle School.
Children and adults were invited to join in the fun.
“It was a lot of fun and really, really muddy,” said Isabella Guinn, 8, who ran two laps with her parents.
The adult division has run the course twice for a total of 2.5 miles, while the youth division has run the course once, unless they want to run both for fun.
According to Chriss Welshans, senior director of programs at the YMCA, more than 120 people took part in the run, and some even arrived from out of town to enjoy the day.
“It was really a lot of fun,” said Brittany Smith, who came from Creston W.Va. to run the race.
Smith said if the runners weren’t in good shape some parts of the trek could be quite difficult, but she would love to do it again.
According to Welshans, the YMCA plans to make it an annual event.
The cost was $ 24 for YMCA members and $ 30 for non-members.
Welshans said funds raised will go towards YMCA summer camp scholarships and community events.
The race was divided into separate groups, allowing for safety during obstacles on the course.
Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to a man and a woman in each time division, totaling 12 winners.
The winners will be announced on Monday.
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