Are you allowed to completely cover yourself in mud? Probably not, but I have a way to get muddy for a really good reason! Enter an obstacle race that's a mud run.

When you do a mud run, it's a total mud bath. And you are allowed to throw mud on your dad, your mom, your brother or your sister. But don't think it's that easy; it is 3 miles and has lots of obstacles. Some of them are running up a seesaw, climbing up a steep rock wall, running through a pool of mud, sliding into a little pool of mud and jumping over fire. If it sounds fun, you should try it.

I did one in September in Riverhead, and it was challenging. It was a lot of fun for me, but it was hard work, too. You should make sure you are an active person so you can really enjoy it.

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Want to try one? Start training! There is one on May 4. It will be at the

Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp, 3186 Sound Ave. in Riverhead. To learn more, visit