MURILLO, Ont. -- There seems to be no shortage of women who want to get down and dirty for a good cause.
Last year the inaugural Dirty Girls Mud Run was held limited to 750 participants, with as many more people wanting to tackle the course.
That number doubled Saturday at Murillo’s This Old Barn, with close to 1,500 women taking on the second annual edition of the obstacle run.
“It’s way busier and way more hectic but we are rolling and having a really fun day,” organizer Sharla Brown said.
The course, which was set up with help from military friends, requires participants to traverse a 5.6-kilometre long course while navigating their way under, around and over 13 obstacles.
The obstacles included elements like rope swings, tire walls and water slides.
And, all the while, getting muddy in the process.
The run once again served as a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society, as each team of five was required to raise at least $1,000 in order to toe the start line.
While the final total hadn’t yet been calculated, Brown said the event will have raised at least $300,000 for the cancer society.
This year organizers removed the competitive category, placing a stronger emphasis on fun and camaraderie rather than racing.
That led to groups forming large teams.
A group of co-workers in the cardiac department at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre grouped together to put in teams for the second straight year.
The group, which called themselves the Queens of Hearts, registered five teams for a total of 25 participants.
Tina Caccamo said providing funding for cancer care and research hits many of the team members on a personal level.
“I think a lot of us have had family members who suffered from cancer so we thought we’d raise some money for a good cause,” she said.
The rest of the team says they will gladly give it another go next year.
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