September 28, 2015 marked the annual Mudmoiselle 5K Mud Run in the Halton Region to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. What better way to spend the beautiful fall day than getting sweaty and muddy!?!

The first group to leave the start line

The Mudmoiselle Charity is a women’s-only event open to all fitness levels. The Mudmoiselle Obstacle Course is a 5k stretch of the muckiest, filthiest, slimiest mud, testing the endurance, strength and determination of the participants. Mudmoiselle was founded as a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society and to drag cancer through the mud. The Canadian Cancer Society is a national organization whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the improvement of the quality of life of people living with cancer.

Overlooking the Niagara Escarpment

Kelso/Glen Eden Park is set along the Niagara Escarpment which makes it the perfect location for a muddy obstacle course. The sandy beach and the muddy hills only ensured that all the participants would end up looking like mud puddles.

Crawling along the mud hill Scaling the pallet wall

The Rapid Relief Team of volunteers from Toronto Ontario, started the day early to help with setting up tents and building obstacles, which meant moving a lot of dirt!

The beach obstacle

Participants began to arrive in high spirits, excited to have a good excuse to play in the mud. Costumes of all kinds were present, including Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs.

A very muddy finish

During the event, volunteers helped by handing out water to thirsty participants, guiding along the course and giving assistance at the obstacles.

The seven drawfs at the finish line

The Canadian Cancer Society set a goal to raise $30,000 at this event for cancer research and to everyone’s astonishment, the event raised $75,000!!! In 2014-2015, The Canadian Cancer Society funded $44 million in leading-edge research supporting more than 400 projects across the country. Events like this have made it possible to invest in the best research, which has led to tremendous progress against cancer.

RRT volunteers and the Canadian Cancer Society

As the event ended, the participants made their way back to their cars and headed home. Sandy McDonald, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, stated that: “Whenever there was a task that needed to be done, we could count on RRT to do it with a smile! Leadership, decision-making, time management and the overall organization of the group was evident throughout the day.”

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