If you like to run - and like to get a little dirty - your should plan a trip to the Bottineau Winter Park in September.
The park is hosting the Iron Will Warrior Challenge - a 5-K mud run designed to be a fun time for everyone - and a good fund raiser for the adaptive skiing program at BWP.
Jim Olson reports.
When Annie's House was built at Bottineau Winter Park - it was volunteers who made it happen. And now, as the ski resort continues its goal of offering skiing to people of all abilities, the call for volunteers is going out again.
(Brad Knudson, Bottineau Winter Park Manager) "We're in desperate need of volunteers who want to come up here."
Manager Brad Knudson is looking for volunteers to help with the resort's first-ever mud run - the 5K Iron Will Warrior Challenge.
(Brad Knudson, Bottineau Winter Park Manager) "It's equal to about three miles of mud and dirt and grime and water and crossing over top of obstacles, walls, and doing things on a rope on top of water."
That's right. Runners and walkers will be navigating the hills and valleys that surround Annie's House - to compete and to help raise funds to help the program that offers recreation to anyone, regardless of physical disabilities.
(Mike Cerkowniak, Bottineau Winter Park Adaptive Recreation Program) "We're trying to raise awareness for our program and that's another reason we're having this event is to let people know that Annie's House adaptive program is here and what we have to offer. The event is just a way of giving us more exposure and the proceeds are kind of a bonus."
Mike Cerkowniak says the adaptive program at Bottineau Winter Park got off to a good start last winter, but he's hoping this fund raiser can help them make big strides to offer skiing - and summer programs - to everyone.
(Mike Cerkowniak, Bottineau Winter Park Adaptive Recreation Program) "I think the more people know about it, find out about it and experience Annie's House, they're going to spread the word and we'll have more people from that."
And so the call is out for volunteers to make the mud run a reality - and considering the history of volunteerism at Annie's House, Brad Knudson says he's confident it will happen.
(Brad Knudson, Bottineau Winter Park Manager) "We've had a great turnout of volunteers and I know that people's schedules are busy but it's going to a great cause when you look at what we're doing for the special needs and the veterans programs and the funds will stay in the program. It's going to cover the cost to operate the program, scholarships so people with special needs can get their lift tickets and rentals for free, and we're hoping to pick up some transportation costs in the near future."
Contact Bottineau Winter Park to volunteer - and to find out more about the 5K mud run. At Annie's House, Jim Olson, KX News.
Bottineau Winter Park is seeking sponsors for the mud run - if you have a business and would like to help make the event happen, contact Brad Knudson at Bottineau Winter Park.