Thousands get muddy

March 05, 2018

Eye on the prize: William, 9, sits at the top of the rope climb obstacle.

No mucking around: Hundreds of kids from across the Goulburn Valley converged on SPC Kidstown, tackling dozens of obstacles.

Classy slide: Casey Chandler, 8, attempts to stand up after the slippery dip.

Getting wet: Matt Lackner from team filth was one of the thousands enjoying the Mad Cow Mud Run at SPC Kidstown.

Buckets of fun: Jakob Carroll, 11, was all smiles as he completed the 2km kids course.

Quick photo: Brodie Henderson, Michelle Henderson, Kylie Fitzpatrick and Xante Fitzpatrick from team Mad Mud Runners take a spell.

All smiles: Dirty Divas team member Robyn Barry completing the 12km Mad Cow Run obstacle course out at the Botanical Gardens.

All smiles: Dirty Divas team member Robyn Barry completing the 12km Mad Cow Run obstacle course out at the Botanical Gardens.

Team Strongbase members Anna Saunders and Robert Higgins climb up and over the obstacle.

Robert Higgins, 71, from team Strongbase gets over the Zaidee wall at SPC KidsTown.

Joshua Revell, 8, had a grimace on his face as he slid down the slippery slide.

Alex Down, 12, got his white shoes a little muddy after completing this obstacle.

Samantha Comline, 12, and Maya Vukcevic, 11, deciding whether to go under or not.

Mad Cow Mud Run event organiser Allan Turner said he was overwhelmed by community support, after more than 2200 people completed the obstacle course on Saturday.

‘‘It was just incredible,’’ Mr Turner said.

‘‘The support by the community to get behind the event and Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation was just terrific.’’

Hundreds dressed in rainbow attire running, crawling, climbing through the muddied course.

Mr Turner said about 950 adults and more than 1300 children participated, which helped the event become Zaidee Rainbow Foundation’s largest single fundraising event.

‘‘That’s a record for the kids and a record year for the adults for sometime,’’ he said.

‘‘Shepparton should be very proud to have an event like this. Spectators came out and it was just crazy. We want to make it bigger and better again next year.’’

Mr Turner said it was emotional day for him, his wife and their son Jaz with 100 per cent of the profit going to the family’s charity.

Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation was founded by Mr Turner in honour of his daughter Zaidee, who donated her organs following her death at the age of seven.

‘‘I cried when I talked to a family (on Saturday). A young girl, 8, came up to me a wanted to find out more about Zaidee. Asking how she could become a donor,’’ he said.

‘‘We sat down and we talked about Zaidee and what she did. I shed a tear because that’s what it’s all about. If it wasn’t for this event, this little girl from Albury-Wodonga wouldn’t ask that question. The message is spreading far and wide.’’

Mr Turner said feedback from the event had been overwhelming positive and funds raised would help the charity to further develop promotional and educational programs about organ donation.

‘‘This will be our flagship event for many years to come. This was our largest fundraiser in the 14-year history of the foundation,’’ he said. ‘‘We’re grateful to all the volunteers who supported the event.

‘‘Volunteers worked really hard and stood out there in the heat of the day and inspired everyone to get around the course.’’

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