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Mother, daughter team up for Dirty Donkey race

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The Dirty Donkey Mud Run is a race at which you’ll not just get dirty, you’ll get good ’n’ dirty.

And you’ll raise money for the United Way at the same time.

This year’s race took place on Sat., Aug. 17 at the Springhill Winter Park and attracted virtually all of our city’s crazy runners as well as others from rural Manitoba, Estevan, Sask., and even Calgary.

This was the second annual running of the Dirty Donkey in Winnipeg and the 1,800 entrants this year was a 50% increase over last year.

Entrants registered as individuals or teams of any size in either a five-km event or the Kick Ass category, which was a longer, more insane version of the former.

Both events are a foot race through a hilly obstacle course in thick, wet, sloppy mud. You crawl under barbed wire, through tunnels and climb over and under special obstacles custom-designed by local architectural firm Smith Carter.

Obstacles have names like the Teeter Totter Topple, the Be Un-Drunk, or the Monkey Ramp.
Prominent local radio host Ace Burpee was rumoured to be there, but he would have been hard to recognize, all covered in mud. Burpee competed in the men’s solo Kick Ass category which was won by Winnipegger Johnny Fukumoto in 33:08 minutes. Larissa Farrell posted the fastest time in the women’s Kick Ass at 39:34.

Local hair stylist and beautician Stefanie Palmer completed her second Dirty Donkey. She got involved last year because it was a fundraiser for the MS Society. She didn’t train for that one but had fun anyway, then, realizing her mistake, became more committed this year.

Stefanie is also an agent for cosmetics giant Arbonne and last year was part of a six-woman team appropriately named the Arbonneaters.

She entered with her mother Sophie Major, who ran with a broken toe, as a two-person team called the Wet Wedgies in the 5 km race and, let me tell you, they got real wet and dirty.

Although their time was not fast enough to win any honours, they had a ball anyway.

Stefanie looks at this as a personal challenge and says it’s so much fun to race with the most happy, positive people you’ll ever meet.

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