Mud run to help families of two sick Plant City children
PLANT CITY - A Saturday run through the mud will help raise money for the families of two children with kidney disorders. The Blueberry Stomp Mud Run will be on a 2.9-mile obstacle course on the grounds of Keel & Curley Winery, 5202 W. Thonotosassa Road. The 18 obstacles through the 25-acre winery property include a mountain of hay, mud pits and a pit with 500 pounds of blueberries. "They will either crawl through it (the blueberry pit) or run through it. We haven't decided yet," said Clay Keel, the marketing and special events director at the winery.The runners will compete starting at 8:30 a.m. This is the first time the winery has held a mud run, but it likely won't be the last, Keel said. As of last week, about 1,000 competitors had signed up with a maximum of 1,200 slots available. Registration includes a souvenir wine glass and two free drink tickets for wine, beer or other beverage. Proceeds will benefit the families of Darby Hasting and Evan Ranieri, local children affected with kidney disorders. Darby, 16, was diagnosed with a kidney disease about a year ago. Evan, who is a little more than a year old, was born with chronic kidney disease. Registration fees range from $24 for children 12 to 17 to $45 for adults. Fees for two-person teams are $80 and four person teams are $155. Plaques will be presented to the Top 3 finishers in each category. Spectators won't be charged an admission and are welcome to cheer on the runners, Keel said. There will be a post-race party on the winery's deck featuring food and music by Charlie O. & The Houserockers. For information, call the winery at (813) 752-9100 or go to www.keeland curleywinery.com.
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