Matt Miesle of Oak Harbor, left, watches his daughters Paige, 10, and Christian,16, right, climb one of the 22 obstacles during the 5th annual WonderMud on Sunday morning August 27, 2016, at the Bellingham BMX Racetrack in Bellingham, Wash.
Race director Mo Stewart said this year's beneficiary is Lydia Place. She added over 700 participants ran the 1.75 mile obstacle course which consists of mud pits, rope climbs, balance beams, and a tire pit. Stewart said over 60 volunteers helped install the course and maintain it during the race. This is also the first year the name has been changed from "Mud to Suds" to "WonderMud, and moved from Hovander Park to the BMX race track.
"New name, new venue," she said, "Freshen things up a bit."
For 25 years, Lydia Place has been providing housing and case management services to homeless households. It provides transitional housing, permanent supportive housing services, emergency housing, life skills programs, and case management. It also works closely with many community partners to meet the diverse needs of those struggling with homelessness.
***WonderMud is one word with the W and M capitalized.