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A muddy day for children and charity

There won’t be any complaints about children playing in the mud this June.

Easter Seals is holding its first Kid Mudder on June 17, in an effort to raise money for Camp Horizon, a summer camp for children with disabilities.

“It is like Spartan racing for kids,” said Jess Heinrichs, events manager for Alberta Easter Seals. “We had another event called Woman to Warrior, it was an all-woman obstacle course and the women loved, but we found out so did the kids.”
The approximately 500 metre-course (depending on age, children will do multiple laps) includes six smaller obstacles including walls, tires, tunnels, balance beams, half pipe and a kid’s mud pit.
Some of the obstacles are

• Monkey Swing – Imagination takes hold in this kid-designed jungle themed obstacle. Swing from bar to bar, as if you were in the canopies of the Amazon.

• Tunnel of Terror – Brave the dark and muddy tunnel as you shimmy and slide through to the other side.

• Secret Agent Squeeze –  the child will feel very own super spy as he or she slip through the cracks of this ‘laser’ maze.
The Kid Mudder replaces the Banded Peak Challenge, which was a combined bike and hike along the scenic peak near Bragg Creek.

“Ever since the 2013 flood we haven’t been able to have the challenge at Banded Peak, we were having the event at Moose Mountain and it just wasn’t the same,” Heinrichs said. “We saw our attendance go down so we tried something different.”
And why not hold an event for children when the proceeds are going to children.

“Camp Horizon is for children with disabilities in Alberta,” Heinrich said. “We have different camps running from June until August. It is everything from burn camps to paraplegic kids. We try to group the kids as best we can depending on their disability so every kid is included.

“The whole camp is made so everyone can participate in every activity and no one feels left out.”

Kidd Mudder is at Camp Horizon, located approximately 15 minutes outside of Bragg Creek.  For more information go to easterseals.ab.ca and pull down on the “Events” tab.

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