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Nearly 2,000 participate in first annual Mighty Run

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - It was billed as Central New York's first 'adventure race' and it lived up to that billing.

The first annual Mighty Run was held Saturday at the Masonic Care Community Campus, to benefit Masonic, which is a non-profit agency that has been operating in Utica for 120 years.

Masonic Care Community spokesperson Kathy Contino-Turner says this first event was amazing with a total of 1,800 participants. She said, "They're raising money for the Masonic Care Community, all of this money stays local. We take care of more than 500 seniors on this property."

Those who participated in this first annual Mighty Run were told to expect five kilometers of mud, sweat, fire and water, that is, for those brave enough to take the challenge.

Brad Dufrane and his wife came from Syracuse. He said, "It's just fun. We do a lot of cross fit stuff and triathlons and stuff and this is kind of right up the alley."

There were 12 seperate obstacles on the course including a fire pit runners had to jump over, a slide that landed in a pool of muddy water and the toughest for just about everyone: the human wheelbarrow.

72-year-old Richard Willicombe of New Hartford enjoyed every minute. He said, "The track was really good. They told me I was the oldest runner in the race."

Turner says the plans are already in the works for the second annual Mighty Run next May.

Organizers wanted to send special thanks to the Frankfort Center and Schuyler Fire Departments.

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