MUD RUN: Callum Williams and Mark Hurley at the end of the 5km Mud Run in Emerald.
MUD RUN: Callum Williams and Mark Hurley at the end of the 5km Mud Run in Emerald. Emma Boughen

Mudslinging for good cause

EMERALD got down and dirty at the weekend, raising in excess of $20,000 at the third annual Emerald Mud Run.

In their biggest run yet event coordinator Laura Clarke said more than 1500 runners took to the course lasst Saturday.

Of those, about 300 were young runners aged between six-years-old and 11, who did the 1km course.

Given the economic climate Central Queensland finds itself in, Laura says she is wrapped with the amount raised.

"We're still counting but, given how tough it is out there I'm really happy with how things are shaping up," she said.

Despite the event's geography Laura said the support for Mud Run was not surprising.

"Just because we're not in the city doesn't mean the country isn't enthusiastic about events like this," she said. "It started three years ago as a small idea that has just blown out of proportion."

And even while Laura was busy running the event on Saturday, she still found time to soak up the atmosphere.

"It was fabulous, there was heaps of energy and all around there were people smiling," she said.

"The ice pit would have to be my favourite - just seeing everyone's reactions as they jumped in."

The money raised will be donated to several cancer support groups.

For more information visit www.mudrun emerald.com.au.


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