Playing dirty for a cause

By Alicia Nieves

April 14, 2014 Updated Apr 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM EDT

Whitney Point, NY (WBNG Binghamton) About 400 runners in a series of waves showed up to run Broome County's first ever mud run, called "Mud Gauntlet."

The run in the mud wasn't just about taking on the obstacle course; the athletes were there to support STAP, the Southern Tier Aids Program.

"The money does a lot of good and stays local," said Mary Kaminsky, the director of development for STAP. "Client services, it will help pay for rent and the housing that our clients need. It also goes toward our prevention education in the community."

The extreme outdoor obstacle course brought in $75 per person to raise money for the program. Kaminsky thanked those who helped put on the successful event.

"Jarrett Newby is a contractor. He and his son have been competing in tough mudders for years. This is his practice course. He’s gone above and beyond, expanded it... doubled the size to accommodate a large number of runners.”

Newby worked on the course all week long for the big event.

"It's great to work together like this," Newby said of his partnership with STAP. "This event is just going to grow even bigger."

Newby said it was great to see world class athletes enjoy the run alongside beginners.

"A lot of the big obstacles may be scary for the beginner. That's why we have an alternate route called 'Tried and True.'"

For runners who looked for a challenge, Newby called the more difficult course 'Risk and Reward' "one big, insane obstacle."

Kaminsky said she hopes to bring the event back next year.

"It's so different and so exciting, I definitely want to keep this on the calendar every year. Not only are they having a great day, they’re learning a little more about STAP.”