On Saturday, a large open field north of Lincoln transformed into the scene of the Second Annual MUD-RUN-4-LIFE 5K run.
Over 1,300 people attended the event, which raised money for suicide prevention in the Lincoln community. Event organizers estimated about 1,000 runners signed up. Other activities included a dunk tank, inflatable jump houses, a DJ, and food and drinks. Two dozen local vendors were on hand, creating a fun, meaningful (and muddy) event.
The MUD-RUN-4-LIFE 5K run started in 2012 in response to three suicides by young Lincoln men. Parents and friends pulled together, along with the Lincoln Rotary Foundation, to improve the resources available for suicide prevention and education.
Runners started the run by entering and navigating a large mud pond. Participants were released in small groups to the cheers of spectators along the banks of the pond. Runners freely shared the mud as most of the spectators nearest the edge were splashed as well.
The route continued around the perimeter of the large property on Wise Road, with additional mud obstacles along the way.
The 5K run finished with a large tower and water slide. Runners cheered and shrieked as they slid into the final mud pool. After exiting the mud, there were plenty of hugs, tears and jubilant high-fives.
Additional 2013 Mud Run 4 Life photos.
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