The Rugged Maniac took place at the Georgia International Horse Park on Saturday. Participants were involved in muddy obstacles that included crawling under barbed-wire, through tunnels of mud, jumping over burning logs, and sliding down a 100’ waterslide. Everybody needed a bath.

The Rugged Maniac took place at the Georgia International Horse Park on Saturday. Participants were involved in muddy obstacles that included crawling under barbed-wire, through tunnels of mud, jumping over burning logs, and sliding down a 100’ waterslide. Everybody needed a bath.

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Without even bothering to try the washing machine, race participants donated their muddy sneakers following the day’s events at the Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Course. A company called SpinGreen recycles the shoes and donates them to such charities as the American Red Cross and many others.

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Jim Brack III of Conyers, middle, with nephew his, bottom, Nick Pelliccia of Loganville, and their friend, Krister Luu of Loganville, climbed the 20 foot wall at the Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Course and proved they could go the distance. This was their first time participating in the event that occurred Saturday at the Georgia International Horse Park which right on cue had plenty of mud thanks to recent rains. Other obstacles included crawling under barbed-wire, through tunnels of mud, jumping over burning logs, and sliding down a 100’ waterslide. (Special Photos by: James Brack Jr.)