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

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Cole Talledge, Jake Young and Riley Quast are on a Cottage Grove Athletic Association baseball team that participated in the mud run. (Bulletin photo by Scott Wente)2 / 18
Jamison Fick, 10, of Cottage Grove embraced the final obstacle: the mud pit. (Bulletin photo by Scott Wente)3 / 18
Olivia Ingvalson, 8, of Woodbury has steely determination as she climbs out of the pit at the end of the mud run. (Bulletin photo by Scott Wente)4 / 18
Mud's flying as Olivia Ingvalson, 8, of Woodbury nears the finish line. (Bulletin photo by Scott Wente)5 / 18
Maleah McMorrow of Cottage Grove climbs out of the mud pit. (Bulletin photo by Scott Wente)6 / 18
Kiera Petersen, 11, of Woodbury gets off to a good start in the mud run, which featured 17 obstacles and ended with a mud pit. (Bulletin photo by Scott Wente)7 / 18
Sidney Thompson, 8, of Woodbury makes her way under the caution tape in the mud pit. (Bulletin photo by Scott Wente)8 / 18
Maleah McMorrow has her eyes on the mud run finish line. (Bulletin photo by Scott Wente)9 / 18
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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.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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