Getting Dirty for Charity

by Drs. Foster and Smith on June 5, 2013

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**Guest post from Monica S.**

Charity Charge 5K Mud Run

Charity Charge 5K Mud Run


What do you get when you mix MUD, WATER, FRIENDS & FAMILY AND a GREAT CAUSE? You get the 4th Annual Charity Charge 5K Mud Run benefiting Jeremiah’s Crossing!

I’ve only recently been made aware of this wonderful charity, but what they do is something near and dear to my heart.

I know the healing power of horses. Mine have helped me crawl out of a deep depression that had me on a collision course with despair.

One of my goals with my horses is to help children & teens grow through being around these majestic creatures. When my cousin contacted me a few days before the “charge” to see if I would be interested, I didn’t hesitate!

Now, many of you may wonder what exactly a “mud run” is. IT’S FUN TO THE MAX!

Now, don’t get me wrong, they’re NOT a walk in the park, but even someone like me, who’s NOT in the best of shape can participate AND help out a worthy cause. A 5K is the equivalent to 3.1 miles. Some participants ran, others walked. I did a mix. My “skills” at cross country are not great, so I only ran (jogged LOL) on the flats. This particular mud run was set through the very scenic riding trails at Jeremiah’s Crossing. Nature was on their side when making obstacles. LOTS of hills & creeks… AND, the weather made LOTS of mud! In fact, so much muddy water (up to mid-thigh or higher in some places) that we ended this mud run pretty clean!

Mud Running might not be for everyone, but, if you are looking for something fun that you can do with your friends and family, you may want to give it a try. Doing something good for others is EVEN MORE FUN when it includes getting DIRTY!

Who Is Jeremiah’s Crossing?
Jeremiah’s Crossing is a nonprofit therapeutic horseback-riding ranch located in Babcock, Wisconsin, dedicated to helping horses help children and adults with diagnosed physical, cognitive, emotional, and academic special needs at no cost to the riders or their families.

The ranch sits on a 138-acre wooded site, complete with riding trails, where individuals with special needs participate in Equine Assisted Activities (EAA) Lessons.

Their Commitment:
Jeremiah’s Crossing does not charge participants for services. They strive to support the activities of the ranch through fundraising and grant opportunities. It is their belief that the families of those with special needs have significant burdens regarding the care of their children and should not have to face another expense in order to have their family member participate in therapeutic horseback-riding.

Visit jeremiahscrossing.org to learn more.

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Kathleen June 5, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Monica, thank you so much for sharing your experience at the Mudder! We are so pleased that you had a good time. We sure had fun seeing all the mud that came out of the woods. :-) We look forward to seeing all of our new friends in the future.

Monica S. June 6, 2013 at 9:01 am

We had a BLAST Kathleen! Like I wrote… what you guys are doing is something I hold close to my heart! I wish I lived closer so I could be more involved!

Kristopher Castillo June 26, 2013 at 8:39 am

The race was known as a ‘Mudder,’ a winding course that went through wooded and swampy areas, and obviously, mud. Plenty of mud. To describe the race course as muddy would be an understatement, and despite my better judgment, I sloshed and waded through parts of the course myself.

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