The Second Annual Daniel Barden Highland Mudfest will take place on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at MKJ Farms in Deansboro, NY. The event features: a 5K mud run, a 1/2 mile kids adventure run, and an elite 5 mile mud run.
The event honors the life of Daniel Barden.
The mudfest is an opportunity for families, friends and communities to come together and push themselves mentally and physically, working as a team to overcome obstacles and build self esteem and endurance
"Every day, my family faces seemingly impossible obstacles since our little Daniel was taken from our lives,” said Mark Barden, father of the seven-year-old student killed at Sandy Hook Elementary. “The Mudfest gives us a very physical opportunity to turn those daily challenges into tangible triumphs, as we work together to complete the course and push ourselves in honor of the very active boy we lost far too soon."
In just four months after the shooting, local resident and friend of the Bardens, Dan Williams, built the 5k course by hand and organized the event which ultimately drew 3,000 people. The intention was to help the community find a way to build resilience in the face of tragedy. What transpired that day was truly remarkable as attendees who traveled from near and far can attest:
Kathy Gilbert: "JUST DO IT. We drove 4 hours and stayed over and it was one of the best moments of my year last year. An incredible experience to honor Daniel's life, to support the Bardens, and in the end to actually have a really great time!"
Michelle Porter Wood: "Already registered [for 2014]...my team is only my husband and I...we're coming from GA...celebrating our 10th Anniversary while celebrating Daniels life...we've never done anything like this before. Very excited!!"
“Challenge yourself and help a great cause at the same time by joining in the Mudfest fun. Mudfest runners break out of their comfort zone, get covered in mud, and push their bodies to the next level, all while supporting new companions along the path,” said organizer Dan Williams.
“This year’s Mudfest is going to be even bigger and better, and provides an opportunity for participants of all abilities to think beyond the finish line and focus on experiencing the fun and satisfaction that comes from challenging themselves on the course.”
All proceeds benefit Sandy Hook Promise, the Newtown community organization founded in the days following the shooting, and Compeer, a community organization serving the Mohawk Valley by providing rehabilitation and assistance for recipients of mental health services.
To register, visit www.bardenmudfest.org