HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) - Think you got your hands dirty doing some yard work this weekend, well some runners actually crawled through mud pits in Hartford.
It's all part of the Merell Down and Dirty Obstacle Race, the first time it has happened in New England.
The 10 and 5K races also feature cargo climbs and water crossings.
Many participants are public safety employees or military personnel, though plenty of everyday moms and dads got dirty to show their kids they can do it .
"I think it shows them it's important to be physically fit and the importance to be active, and there are fun ways to do it," said Jennifer Freund, Westbrook.
"It was my first time. It was great, I would do it again," said Violet Chrostowski, Newington.
"We really, really wanted to bring this event and an event of this style to New England area and the turnout is incredible. There is over 3,000 people running through the mud here, for a first time event that is amazing and we will definitely come back here to Riverfront Park," said Michael Epstein, MESP.
The race partners with Operation Gratitude, a non profit providing care packages to service men and women deployed to hostile territories around the world.