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A thousand women get out, get together, get muddy in inaugural event 

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Scenes from the Pretty Muddy run Saturday at Mad River Mountain include, TOP, Lisa Plank, left, and Leah Lirette, both of Bellefontaine, crawl through the final mud pit; CENTER LEFT: the Dublin area mother-daughter team of Diana Harrell, left, and Ashley Harrell cheer after finishing; CENTER RIGHT: Sisters Erin Bradley, left, and Leaha Archer, both of the Bellefontaine area, slide head first down a watery slide and into a mud pit; BOTTOM: A team of Logan and Union County residents assembled by Vickie Sullivan, top center, poses for a photo at the end of the event. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Participants navigate an obstacle as a rainbow forms in the mist from the snow-making machines used to douse the obstacles (EXAMINER PHOTOS | REUBEN MEES)

Leaha Archer loves to run. Her sister Erin Bradley, not so much.

But when Ms. Archer saw a local event that blended running with a bit of muddy fun she knew she had the perfect opportunity to set up a sister date.

“Erin doesn’t run, but I run a lot,” she said. “I knew if it was fun, Erin would at least attempt it.”

And so the Bellefontaine area sisters signed up for the first Pretty Muddy mud run that took place Saturday at Mad River Mountain.

“It was awesome,” Ms. Bradley said after the mud-caked duo finished the five-kilometer obstacle course that included a soapy tunnel, a crawl in the mud beneath a low rope net, a watery slide and a final crawl through a foot-deep pool of mud. “It was like a really fun, fun day.”

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