Wyoming Area student Stephanie Jallen, a nationally-ranked ski champion, will make the trip to the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
And a new adventure held at the Northeast Fairgrounds will help her with some of the proceeds benefitting the Harding native.
Dallas resident Nicole Farber has created R3 Ops Mud Run for those who would like a bit more excitement than simply running or walking a 5-kilometer course.
Billed as the Mud Run With Options, the event, scheduled for Saturday at the Northeast Fairgrounds in Pittston Township, is the first for Farber and her newly-formed promotional company, ENX2, LLC.
This course features 10 significant obstacles, not to mention a 3-mile course. There’s everything from a hay maze to a 70-foot rope repel. Billed as the Mud Run with Options, there are three different levels for participants: Refined, Rugged and Rogue.
But Farber and the volunteer workers at the fairgrounds wouldn’t give away all the secrets. Let’s just say there’s a surprise awaiting the runners: a 65-foot mud slide.
And for every spectator in attendance, a $5 donation will be asked to support Jallen’s effort to get to Russia and ski for a Gold medal.
“Basically, it’s a three-mile obstacle course,” Farber said. “You can walk it, run it or race it at top speed for prizes.”
And, if necessary, Farber said, you can even get or give a little help from or to your friends.
“It’s an escape from reality a little bit,” Farber said. “You are not going to be judged. There are going to be people there helping and encouraging each other.”
The course will have variety.
“There will be 14 or 15 obstacles,” Farber said, “such as a hay bale maze, running through tires, climbing walls, angle walls, mud pits to crawl through, creeks to run through, two different waterfalls at the start and finish.”
Farber said that more than two weeks before the event she already had nearly 1,000 registrants, ranging from workout enthusiasts to groups of friends and co-workers. The most competitive will be tested in an extreme challenge area with military-style obstacles.
“There’s a feeling you get when you do a mud run or an obstacle course,” Farber said. “It’s very empowering, depending on how you do it. You can get teams together and it helps with the team-building aspect.
“ … Sometimes you’ll meet an obstacle that you’ll need help or people to encourage you to get through. That’s kind of like some aspects of life with different obstacles to get through.”
Farber said when entrants meet an obstacle that is too difficult, they can simply go around if they choose.
The 8 a.m. Extreme Challenge will feature $1,000 for the first-place male and female competitors and $500 for second place.
As race director, Farber arranged several sponsors, including Dallas Little People, where the single mother sent her 10-year-old son Nikolus, a Dallas Elementary School student.
“Dallas Little People has always been a supporter of the children in our area by encouraging children with their athletic abilities and talents,” Farber said.
Farber has always been impressed by the way owner Barbara Kohler and Dallas Little People encourage physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle while supporting her son’s love of sports.
The Pittston Township Fire Department will collect 100 percent of the parking fees throughout the day.
Outdoor showers will be available for rinsing off after the race.
More information and a registration page is available at www.r3ops.com.