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CRYSTAL RIVER — This year’s American Heart Association fundraiser at Crystal River Middle School was a real mess.
About 170 students who raised $3,878 total were rewarded for their efforts by participating Friday in a “Muddy Buddy” obstacle course race every bit as grimy the name suggests.
While the race had the usual obstacles — climbing, jumping, balancing and the like — the real draw was crawling through mud before racing to the finish line.
Students competed in one-, two-, three- and four-person teams.
“It was exciting because it makes you feel dirty,” Juel Culpepper said. “I like the mud. I love getting muddy.”
Physical education teacher Meryl Reynolds said the school has raised $30,000 over seven years for American Heart Association. The school used to have a “hot shot” blitz, but then replaced it last year with the Muddy Buddy race.
“It was an awesome event,” she said. “We had way more kids than I thought we would get.”