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Time to play in the mud

Poley Mountain hosting annual heart and stroke fundraiser

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
June 8, 2017

SUSSEX, N.B. – A popular ski hill will be transformed into a mud-filled obstacle course this weekend, as the hundreds converge on Poley Mountain for the third annual Mud Run for Heart.
The fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of New Brunswick will take place on Saturday, June 10, and about 400-500 participants are expected, according to foundation spokesperson Annie Smith.

The third annual Mud Run for Heart will take place at Poley Mountain on Saturday, June 10. Shown here are participants at last year’s event.

Photo courtesy of Mud Run for Heart on Facebook

“We’re getting there, but Friday morning will be our final preparations,” said Smith. “That’s when the obstacles will be finally finished, the tents will be up, and signage will be up. Friday is our last big day to get the big push done.”
This year’s event will feature a 5K competitive race, a 5K recreational race, and a 2K family mud run.
Sixteen obstacles will be placed throughout the route, many with 4-5-foot holes dug, lined with plastic and filled with mud for the occasion.
Conveniently located between New Brunswick’s three largest cities, the event draws participants from Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John, and from Nova Scotia, according to Smith.
“I think what they enjoy is that it’s not something they do everyday,” she said. “It takes them out of their comfort zone, and gets them playing in the mud like when they were a kid.”
People can take part as individuals, families, or on teams of no minimum or maximum number. A couple new obstacles have been added this year to make it different and perhaps even more challenging.
If it rains, that just means more mud.
“We do have use of the snow-making equipment, and can use the spigots to wash off,” said Smith. “The management and crew at Poley Mountain have been a huge help, very willing and able to help with anything we ask. They’re a wonderful bunch to work with.”
The funds raised stay within the province of New Brunswick, supporting a number of projects such as CPR in high schools, and heart-healthy programs in elementary schools.
Organized by the heart and stroke foundation, the event is very much volunteer-driven, according to Smith, who said they are still looking for volunteers to help as obstacle monitors.
For more information on the Mud Run for Heart, visit here .