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Mighty Mud Mania: Get down and dirty Thursday in Kingman

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Vanessa Blanco falls into the mud during the race last year. Mighty Mud Mania returns at 10 a.m. Thursday.

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<BR> Vanessa Blanco falls into the mud during the race last year. Mighty Mud Mania returns at 10 a.m. Thursday.

KINGMAN - Mighty Mud Mania, an annual event signaling the start of a new school year, is just around the corner.

The competition, sponsored by the Kingman Parks and Recreation Department, will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday at Firefighter's Memorial Park, 2001 Detroit Ave. Designed as an obstacle course centered around eight mud pits, the free event is open to anyone 4 years old through adult.

"Everyone who participates looks like they took a shower in mud," said parks superintendent Yvonne Cossio. "It's great because it's an event where kids and adults can play in the mud and not get in trouble. It's just a lot of fun and people look forward to it."

Cossio said Mighty Mud Mania, now in its 35th year, offers a variety of obstacles. They include crawling through an inner tube and under a tarp, swinging on a rope, running across ramps and climbing over hay bales. All obstacles culminate with a chance to slide or run in a mud pit. A portable shower is available after the event.

Participants, who are advised to be on time and wear water shoes, are divided into age groups and by sex, said Cossio. The fastest person in each category wins a trophy and T-shirt. Cossio said she has seen participants in their 60s and 70s in the past. Last year's event was the biggest, with about 800 participants slogging through the mud, she said.

"The little kids are leery at first, but then they have fun getting muddy," said Cossio. "The teens are the most competitive and work hard to hold on to their titles. In the end, everyone has a good time and gets dirty."

For more information about Mighty Mud Mania, call (928) 757-7919.

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