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Get ready for The Mud

South Boston News
SoVaNow.com / September 02, 2015
In 2013, after being diagnosed with brain cancer, late Bluestone student Heather-Anne Tucker created a bucket list. On it, she expressed the desire to participate in a mud challenge.

The sloppy, slippery foot race is a highly physical undertaking that Heather-Anne was unable to complete before cancer claimed her life, but her wish lives on in the form of the Adventure Mud Challenge, coming up Sept. 12 at Highway 92 and Lawson Road near Chase City.

A mud challenge is a mental and physical test for runners who make their way through a course filled with mud and other impediments.

Tucker’s age, 15, kept her from participating in the nearest mud challenge event in the region.

That’s when Katrina Burch and Catherine Maloney — whose daughter played soccer with Heather-Anne and knew her through school and the Mecklenburg Junior Women’s Association — decided to start their own mud challenge. It would be open to all participants 15 and over, as well as for younger racers between 11 and 15 if they were accompanied by a parent.

Money raised from the inaugural contest last year went to the Mecklenburg County Cancer Association, which provides financial support to local families as they battle cancer.

Sadly, Tucker died before she was able to participate, but the first mud challenge event raised nearly $5,000 in her honor.

The second annual Adventure Chase Mud Challenge, in memory of Heather-Anne, will take place this year on the 12th, a Saturday morning, with the first wave of runners taking off at 9:00 a.m. and continuing every half hour. The last wave takes off at 12:30 p.m.

This past weekend, Maloney and Burch held a special work weekend to prepare the Lawson Road-area mud run. The 5K course features 20 obstacles, including stacked hay bales, an L-shaped tunnel and a mud-filled creek. There is also a separate 1K course for the kids, with six obstacles.

The fee, for teams of 4-6 people, is $200. For the truly competitive who wish to compete in the timed event, there is an extra $10 fee. The timed races are set for 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

The kids’ course costs $5 for one race or $10 to race all day.

This year, proceeds from the event will go to the Mecklenburg County Cancer Association, Lake Country SPCA, and the Barksdale Foundation.

Heather-Anne’s mother, Trish Tucker, will once again participate as a runner.

Registration forms are available at Weston’s Store, Wylliesburg Diner, and Red Oak Excavating in the Red Oak/Wylliesburg area, at Katherine Keel’s law office or Hughes, Gregory & Wells Insurance in Chase City, or United Country Virginia Real Estate in Clarksville.

Completed forms and checks payable to “Adventure Chase Mud Challenge” can be mailed to Adventure Chase Mud Challenge at 315 Kennedy Rd., Chase City, VA 23924, or dropped off at any of the sites listed above. For more information call 434-738-3304 or 434-201-0750.

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