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Swamp Stomp planned Saturday at Greenfield

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There is still time left to register for Hope Station’s sixth annual Wilson Swamp Stomp.

The 5K mud and obstacle run will be held Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m. at Greenfield School. The event aims to stomp out hunger and homelessness while participants have a blast crawling under, over, and through obstacles and swamp areas to raise funds for the Hope Station’s food pantry and homeless shelters.

Presenting sponsors include Bridgestone, Merck and Purdue Pharmaceuticals. The event allows both individuals and teams to participate.

There is no minimum age for participants with parental signature for those under 18. Waves will leave the starting line every 15 minutes beginning at 8 a.m.

Hope Station Executive Director the Rev. Linda Walling said this year’s event promises to be the best yet. She said the popular zipline and slip-and-slide will return and a new fitness course has been added. Officials said the course is 65 percent in the woods or swamp and the forecast rains in the days leading up to Saturday’s event will guarantee lots of mud.

“This is our biggest fundraising event,” Walling said. “The proceeds are especially important this year as we seek to raise our budget to support the new family shelter that will open in the fall.”

She added that it’s so much fun to watch runners leave the starting line and cross the finish line with grins on their faces and mud on their clothes.

“We are grateful beyond words to the Wilson community for their support of this event each year,” Walling said.

You can register online at wilsonswampstomp.com. Registration fee is $40 for all runners through Thursday. On race day, the fee is $50. The fee includes registration, post-race beverages and snacks, plus a T-shirt while supplies last.

Organizers also offer a flexible registration feature that gives individuals or groups who participate on option to collect pledges instead of paying individual registration fees. Those wishing to exercise this option can call Hope Station this week at 252-291-7278.

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