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First Dirty Back 40 fundraiser set

Muddy event will benefit Algona Police Dept. Reserves

September 2, 2012
By PETER KASPARI, , Messenger News

ALGONA - A unique fundraiser for the Algona Police Reserves will test the skills of its participants in an obstacle course.

The Dirty Back 40, which will be held Sept. 15, consists of three miles of 15 obstacles, including a hay bale climb, mud and a rope hill.

Algona Police Officer Keith Briggs organized the event, which will be at the ABATE Freedom Park, 2507 160th Ave.

"We were up here talking about different things I could do for my reserve unit, and finally someone came up with the idea of a mud race," he said. "They're popular now, and I thought we could do it."

Briggs said this is the first time the fundraiser has been put on.

"It's quite the project," he said. "I've never done anything like this before and it's a lot more than I expected to be."

Participants can sign up for individual or team races, and those interested in competing have until Tuesday to sign up. There are multiple age groups for participants, and prizes will be awarded for the top male and female winners, as well as best team spirit.

Briggs said they are expecting about 50 participants, and said he had 38 signed up as of late last week.

Those who sign up will get a T-shirt and a meal with their $35 fee, according to Briggs.

"If you're unable to participate, you're always able to come and watch," he said.

Briggs added he's looking forward to the event.

"Normally when people do an event like this they have a sense of accomplishment," he said. "It makes everybody happier and it's just a positive atmosphere that I love."

Anyone interested in registering should go to the website at and follow the sign-up instructions.



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