Down and dirty: More than 300 run, slide and crawl through mud run in Cottage Grove

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There were 17 obstacles but the mud mattered most.

Roughly 325 kids ran through a park, climbed a hill and slid down another, fought through a gauntlet of hanging pool noodles and faced other challenges before reaching the ultimate test: a mud pit covered in zig-zagged caution tape.

The result: Lots of muddy smiles — and probably a lot of showers when everyone got home from the second-annual mud run Saturday morning at Cottage Grove’s Woodridge Park.

The mud run is the first of a three-event kids race series co-sponsored by the Cottage Grove and Woodbury parks and recreation departments. The mud run is followed by a duathlon in July and a glow run in September, both at Woodbury’s Ojibway Park.

The cities split the event costs and staffing responsibilities, and then split the proceeds from registration fees.

“We split the mess,” joked Cottage Grove recreation supervisor Molly Pietruszewski as she watched kids crawl through the mud pit Saturday morning.