Gettng downright filthy

There is something about getting downright filthy and dirty that seems to bring out the inner child in us all. Even better is when you can get grimy for a good cause. The First Annual Florida FFA Firetower Run-A-Muck 5k Run/Walk and Mud Run, being held on November 23rd, is an event that directly benefits the Florida FFA and its over 16, 000 middle and high school members across the state.<--more-->
Taking place at the Florida FFA training center near Haines City, the mud run course is a 3-mile stretch of terrain that includes hay bales, mud, and water that make even the filthiest pig pen seem spotless. Tackling the obstacles as part of Team Martin are Bonnie Holly-Brown, Paul Holly, Kate Martin, Melissa Rogers, and Karen Pollard. For those seeking to avoid the muck, the 5k walk/run includes parts of Firetower Road and winds along the shore of Lake Pierce through the LTC property.
Once the race has been run and the mud washed clean off, my wife Joy and I will host an after party, at The Port (the restaurant there at Hatchenha) for those ready to leave the muck at the finish line. For more information, go to or call the FFA center at (863) 439-7332.
column by MIKE MARTIN
BIO: Michael Martin of Martin Law Office in Lakeland specializes in agriculture and environmental legal representation. A native of Polk County, Mike attended college at Sewanee in Tennessee, before obtaining a doctorate in law from the University of Florida and has tried numerous cases nationwide since that time. Mike also serves as the director of the FFA Foundation and is the author of the novel, The Crestfallen Rose.

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