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Second Canton Mud Run in the works; sign-ups start Saturday

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CANTON — It may be the season of snow and ice, but Amy Longshore Hunt is already thinking about mud.

Mrs. Hunt is coordinating the Canton Pee Wee Association Mud Run, a fundraising event scheduled for July 19.

Two military-style obstacle courses — one for children and one for adults — will be set up on property off Plains Road owned by Dr. Bryan B.D. Francey, a local dentist.

Online registration starts Saturday because organizers are trying to get an idea of how many people will come out that day to run through mud pits, maneuver through nearly two dozen obstacles and have fun on a summer day.

Mrs. Hunt is expecting 500 to 700 people, including families, sports teams and people who travel from Canada and other states for the event. Spectators, volunteers and sponsors are welcome.

“It’s different from anything else going on,” Mrs. Hunt said. “Some people want to race it. Some people just want to finish it.”

Mrs. Hunt organized the first Canton Mud Run in the summer of 2012, but didn’t hold the event last year because the ground was too wet. Several businesses and individuals helped sponsor the Mud Run by donating funding and materials for the obstacle course.

Two years ago, the Mud Run drew about 375 participants who raised $5,600. The funds were distributed to the Canton Pee Wee Association and the St. Lawrence County Fire Training Center, West Potsdam.

Mrs. Hunt and her group of volunteers are gearing up to make this year’s mud run even more of a success. Proceeds again will go the fire training center and Canton Pee Wee Association. The Canton Booster Club will be running a concession stand.

The event will feature a 1-mile course geared for children ages 5 to 12 and a 3- to 4-mile course for older athletes. The longer course will feature about 20 obstacles.

“It will be through the woods and fields,” Mrs. Hunt said.

Once again, participants will have a chance to run through mud pits, slither down a water slide, run over hay bales, maneuver through rubber tires and more. Several businesses will contribute by donating supplies for the obstacles while the Canton Fire Department contributes water.

Canton Historian Linda A. Casserly, an event volunteer, said the last Mud Run was fun for the entire family and she’s looking forward to supervising one of the obstacles.

“This is one of the best family events in Canton,” Ms. Casserly said. “For the adults who always wanted to play in the mud, it’s the best entertainment.”

Online registration is through July 5 and can be accessed at sites.google.com/site/cantonmudder/home. Pictures of the 2012 event also can be seen on the site. The entry fee for children ages 5 to 12 is $25. The fee for those 13 and older is $30 until April 1, $35 by May 1 and $50 by June 1. For more information, contact Mrs. Hunt at long2shore@hotmail.com.

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