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Mudfest To Honor Sandy Hook Victim Gears Up For Fifth Season

Getting muddy at the Daniel Barden Mudfest.
Getting muddy at the Daniel Barden Mudfest. Photo Credit: Submitted
The obstacle course of the Daniel Barden Mudfest.
The obstacle course of the Daniel Barden Mudfest. Photo Credit: Submitted

NEWTOWN, Conn. – Are you ready to get muddy?

Join a record-breaking 1,000 runners, spectators and volunteers as they prepare for the 5th annual Daniel Barden Mudfest presented by Pepsico.

Daniel was one of the first-graders killed in the Sandy Hook tragedy in December 2012. Part of his story -- and the life-affirming mudfest -- are highlighted in the recently released film, "Newtown." (See earlier Daily Voice story HERE .)

The event, which has been coined “the Boilermaker’s Dirty Little Brother,” is happening Saturday, April 29, at MKJ Farm in Deansboro, N.Y. and features a 5-mile race, 5K run and a kid's half-mile obstacle course.

Each course offers both natural and man-made obstacles including mud-filled pits, waterlogged terrain, hills, monkey bars and ropes courses.

There will also be plenty of live music and local fare.

Mudfest proceeds benefit the Daniel Barden Adventure Scholarship. Winners will participate in a 78-mile canoe leadership experience through the Adirondacks in July. As part of the application process teens name a charity that affects them in some way; the Mudfest will donate equally to the charities named.

Last year, 15 eighth-graders from Central New York and Connecticut pushed themselves to unimagined lengths as they paddled, camped and meditated in the Adirondack wilderness.

Athletes may register at www.bardenmudfest.org until midnight on Thursday, April 27 or on the morning of the event at MKJ Farm in Deansboro.

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