Runners got down and dirty at a peculiar take on a 5K run in Maysville this past weekend.
Saturday afternoon saw the sixth annual Filthy 5K held at Ford Acres Farm near U.S. 68. Around 400 competitors from seven different states were on hand to compete in the over three mile obstacle course. According to organizers, with the nearly 20 obstacles included in the course, the Filthy 5K “struck the perfect balance of fun and physicality.
Competitors of all ages bounded across the course, ranging from hilly terrain, muddy pits and even a 100 foot long slip and slide. The 5K truly held true to its name of being filthy, as all its competitors were covered head-to-toe in mud.
“Unlike a ‘typical 5K,’ race competitors are challenged by both man-made obstacles and wicked terrain,” organizers said. “The Filthy 5k includes running, climbing, jumping, crawling, and balancing elements with the aim of testing your fitness, speed, strength, physical & mental endurance.”
This year’s 5K was held in rememberance of local competitor in the event, Shambre Bradford, who died of cancer earlier this year. Bradford had a team consisting of her friends and family called ‘The Bad Mudder Flockers,’ who would participate in the event.
Just like all of the previous Filthy 5Ks, this year’s event was brought on by MDH Heartstrings, a non-profit organization operated by Duke Ford, Melissa Mason and Heather Bretz. Proceeds from this year’s event was divided between Shriners Hospital for Children, Lexington Dream Factory and Circle H. Equine Therapy.
“Since the launch of the Filthy 5K in 2013, nearly $30,000 has been donated to varying organizations across the state,” organizers said.
Oganizers of the event said over the years the size of the 5K and the amount of the donations have only grown. Without the tremendous help of the event’s sponsors, they said the event would not be possible.