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Obstacle course race fundraiser set for churches

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Because the first “Tame the Terrain” obstacle course race was such a success, members of St. Ann, St. Joseph and St. Mary’s churches are uniting to make this year’s event bigger and better.

Registration is underway for the second version of the public event which is June 21 at Muscatatuck Park in Jennings County.

St. Mary’s staff member Chris Deyerling said they have added a course for kids and a few items to the main course.

“We are just so excited,” Deyerling said. “It was a huge success last year, but it will be even bigger this year.”

More than 400 people traveled from 70 cities in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan to participate in last year’s event. Conducted as a fundraiser for youth activities, the 2013 event raised more than $30,000.

This year, nearly 400 competitors already have registered for the race, which will include 25 obstacles within 4.6 miles of wooded terrain. Mud pits, a fire pit, a barbed-wire-crawl, stream crossings and a rock wall will be included in the adult race course. The course is designed to accommodate varying degrees of physical fitness.

According to Deyerling, a course suitable for children ages 4 to 8, called “Tamers in Training,” and one suitable for ages 9 to 12 are available.

“We’ve planned this so it will be really fun for the kids,” Deyerling said. “Parents will be welcome to accompany their children, but we will also have volunteers to help the kids through every part of their course so parents can feel free to go on through the adult course.”

The event will include food and beverage vendors and a disc jockey, and there are picnic areas in the park.

The price to compete in the race is about half of the price of comparable events, Deyerling said.

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