On Saturday August 13 I was afforded the opportunity to take photos at the Alberta Cancer Foundation's Down & Dirty 5K Obstacle Course Race. The race is held at the Sunridge Ski Area in Edmonton and is a mud filled course designed for beginner and expert obstacle course racers. 

The event raises money for the acceleration of progress for patients and their families at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton through donations to the Alberta Cancer Foundation. In 2016 the event raised $30,710.50 for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. 

Race day was awesome to be a part of. The weather was a hot Saturday in August with temperatures reaching 28 degrees celsius participants were more than happy to get down into the mud holes and into the water obstacles. Racers were required to crawl underneath beams, through tires, climb over tires, pull a tire, climb over a giant wall, climb over a giant ladder, through a giant web of rope, jump into pools of icy cool mud water and even slide down a huge slip n' slide. All of these obstacles were spread out over the five kilometre course of uneven trails and included dreaded hills. Not just little hills but running up a ski hill hills. 

It was very cool to see just how fast some of the participants could complete the course. Jacob Reckhard would finish the race in 27:33:10 for the fastest male and Michelle Bagnell would take home the fastest female title with a time of 36:54:30. Impressive considering that the participants are running almost the entire five kilometres wet and covered in mud. 

After race activities included a barbecue, beer from Yellowhead Brewery and door prizes from sponsors like World Health, Starbucks, David's Tea, Garneau Chiropractic Health and the Yellowhead Brewery. All set to the sweet jams of the HOT 107.1 DJs who provided the music, and victory horns at the finish line for the participants.

I would highly recommend that you check out the Down & Dirty 5K Obstacle Course either on the Alberta Cancer Foundation website or on their Facebook page for information on how you can help drag cancer through the mud in 2017.

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