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August 12, 2009

LOCAL RUNNING: Mudds 5K shaping up nicely

North Tonawanda, NY — Much to her surprise and delight, Ellen Ode’s labor of love is still going strong a decade later.

The Mississippi Mudds 5K River Race Run/Walk, an event the Kenmore resident organized to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, turns 10 this year, and Saturday’s race is poised to be the largest ever, with close to 700 entrants.

“My numbers are way up, which I’m excited about,” Ode said earlier this week. Typically, approximately 200 runners are signed up for the race the week before the event.

This year, however, Ode has already received 400 entries, and expects more to come in the days leading up to the run. The largest field for the Mudds 5K is 601. Last year, 551 people entered.

This year’s 5K and walk will begin at 6:30 p.m. near Mississippi Mudds, on Niagara Street in the City of Tonawanda. The course proceeds along residential roads and Niawanda Park.

The $22 registration fee includes a giveaway for the first 600 entrants, and what is regarded as one of the finest post-race parties around, featuring Ode’s chocolate-covered strawberries and pretzels, among other goodies. The party also includes a massage therapist and live music by Mo Porter.

“Once you cross that finish line, expect to be treated to one of the best post-race parties in the area,” Ode said. “No one goes home hungry, from salads to pasta to burgers, complete with dessert, the only challenge may be balancing everything on your plate.”

Runners who register by Friday will receive an additional goody bag. Pre-registration race packets can be picked up at Mudds between 6 and 8 p.m. Friday. Race day registration will take place from 4 to 6:15 p.m. at the landmark eatery.

A $50 award and trophy will be presented to the overall male and female runners, while the first three finishers in various age groups will also receive awards.

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