Fun Run turns mud into gold

Linda Saholt

News Review Correspondent

The Southern Sierra Boys & Girls Club will be the beneficiary of one of the year’s biggest fund raisers, the Ridgecrest Fun Mud Run, held June 8 at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds.

“We made over $8,000 this year,” said Event Chairman Dana Alloway. “We had only 250 runners, but lots of sponsors and volunteers.

“The biggest obstacle we had was the water truck — it wouldn’t start. It was donated by the Friends of Jawbone to water down the course and create the mudholes. They had to go to Mojave to get a part at the last minute.

“Finally we went to U.S. Rentals and rented two trucks.

“Then we had to get drivers for these big, heavy trucks. So we called the Seabees on base. They know how to drive big trucks, and the military came through.

“That was only one of many obstacles that we had to overcome, but we did it and the race was great! The community really liked it.” said Alloway.

New obstacles were added to the course, three food vendors were on site and there was a “mini mudder” course for the small fry.

She thanked Randy Walker and Griffin Backhoe and Excavation for their many hours of designing and contouring the course, and DEF CEO Mike Leming for all his support in their tearing up some of the fairgrounds’ dirt for the temporary course.

A total of 64 sponsors and businesses and 59 volunteers worked together with committee members to make this event happen.

The committee had expected 500 runners, so there are T-shirts left over, which the committee is selling for $10 each.

For more information about T-shirt availability, call the Boys & Girls Club. 760-375-8870.

Story First Published: 2013-06-19