A mud run obstacle course? Sounds like fun! A mud run obstacle course that also acts as a fundraiser for cheerleaders? Sign me up! Thanks to our friends, Cheer News Network, we learned about an amazing fundraising program that you’ll definitely want to read about. Check out the press release below: Nationwide Obstacle Mud Run Designed For Cheerleaders New Nationwide Obstacle Mud Run Designed Specifically for Cheerleaders and Non-Profit Groups Fun5KRuns LLC. has launched their new “Muddy Cheer Challenge” obstacle mud run designed specifically for All Star cheerleaders, high school cheerleaders, college cheerleaders and all non-profit groups looking for an easy way to fundraise. Fun5KRuns’s mission is to host mud run events nationwide for the entire cheerleading world to enjoy along with their families and non-profit groups that are looking for a way to easily raise money while removing all the work and worry for these organizations. This type of fundraising company is the first of its kind in the cheerleading world. Cheerleaders are known to raise funds for their teams and gyms by selling cookie dough, candy bars, organized sleepovers, tumbling and cheer clinics. The founder of Fun5KRuns, Morgan Fairley, a former All Star cheerleader and coach said “Having firsthand knowledge, I know that cheerleaders are always looking for a new and fun way to raise money along with looking for new and exciting ways to promote team bonding. I came up with this concept of The Muddy Cheer Challenge. It is designed to unite gyms, promote team and gym bonding and to give back to the community all at the same time raise money for their teams.” “We will be working with Brett Stewart, a NCCPT personal trainer, fitness coach, a triathlete and marathoner and author of several fitness books. He and his crew will be designing our obstacle courses with kids, families and everyday people in mind” said Fairley. “This will not be a timed race, but more of a fun mud party for all ages to enjoy. Our goal is to help these gyms, teams and organizations to have fun but also raise money at the same time. We want to put the fun into fundraising while removing all the work and worry. We think we have found a special niche in the business that is unique and innovating. Each group that signs up to be a host at one of our events will get a portion of their runner’s entry fee. The Muddy Cheer Challenge will also be making a donation to a local charity based off the profits of the entire run. Cheerleaders are known to give back to their community, so we are also encouraging non-profit groups, churches and schools to sign up as a host. We are “CHEERing” on the community to participate in this one of a kind event.” “Our website and facebook page went public on August 20 with six scheduled runs in the southern region of the United Sates for 2014. The response and interest we had on our first day reinforced our belief that this will be a successful endeavor. We have had requests from all over the states to have an event be held in other locations. We are now re-evaluating and looking into doubling our events for 2014.” The Cheer Challenge is open to all ages. Ages 12 and under are 50% of the adult’s fee and special needs athletes participate for free. Advanced registration is required and the earlier the registration, the more the groups make. Registration begins on January 1, 2014 for the 2014 runs. All participants will receive a Muddy Cheer Challenge T-shirt and a completion medal. There will also be games, music and food for the spectators. Spectators are asked to make a donation of dog or cat food or a pet item that will be donated to a local animal shelter. For more information on being a host group, sponsor and event registration and schedule, please visit http://muddycheerchallenge.com/ or interact with us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MuddyCheerChallenge. Thanks again to Cheer News Network for the scoop!