Mud run to raise money for orphans

Published 6:03 pm Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Bridges of Faith International will hold a mud run Sept. 8 to raise money for Ukrainian orphans awaiting adoption in the United States.

The Almighty Mud Run will take place on 140 acres of land at Bridge of Faith’s BridgeStone Prayer and Retreat Center, located at 302 County Road 383 in Billingsley.

All proceeds from registration will go toward travel, food and lodging expenses for orphans staying at Bridgestone anywhere from three weeks to a month.

“Since 1996, I’ve been working with these orphans to help them find a better existence in many different ways,” said Tom Benz, founder of Bridges of Faith. “They have a great Christian camp experience (at Bridgestone), and then we help them find an adoptive home.”

Benz said the Bridges of Faith ministry focuses on rescuing orphans and finding them adoptive homes before they fall victim to abuse, suicide, human trafficking or other problems.

The Almighty Mud Run, sponsored by the National Guard, is an endurance challenge designed to push participants past their physical limits terrain 12 obstacles set up along the course’s uneven terrain.

The cost to participate is $49 per person for single registration and $44 per person for a team of five.

Awards include: Best Dressed (team award only), Fastest Almighty Finisher (single), Fastest Almighty Finishers (team) and Fastest Branch (team award only).

Prizes include a gift certificate from MAC Sporting Goods for a brand new pair of running shoes to the first military service member, firefighter and policeman that crosses the finish line, as well as a $75, $50 and $25 gift certificate to a Chain Reaction Cycles store for first, second and third place Almighty Finishers.

The run is free for the community to attend and will include three spectator zones and plenty of parking.

Benz said his organization has held a variety of events for the orphans involved with BridgeStone, but this will mark the first mud run.

Runners can register online or the day of the race.

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