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Calling all couch potatoes to the Tater Dash Mud Run

Watch folks get down and dirty at Tater Dash Mud Runs

The annual event raises money for The Idaho Foodbank
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The annual event raises money for The Idaho Foodbank

It’s time to unite the community while promoting fun and fitness through a muddy obstacle course.

The Tater Dash Mud Run invades Twin Oaks Farms on Saturday, July 15, and provides an opportunity to get down and dirty with no shame.

Enjoy the squish of the mud through your toes and the grit of the soil on your hands as you run, walk or wallow through a 5.2-mile course featuring 60 or more obstacles. Yep, 60!

Kudos to local landscape architect Jeff Smith. He constructed the mud track dotted with drawbacks such as Grease Pig Alley, Face Plant, King Tater Pyramid and Skid Mark Slide (hee hee).

The first heat begins at 8 a.m. at the farm, 3250 N. Eagle Road in Eagle. Other heats follow at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

Registration is $55 in advance and $60 on race day. Students pay $25.

A portion of the proceeds as well as nonperishable food items and cash donations will go to The Idaho Foodbank. A $5 parking fee is appreciated, with 100 percent of that fee going to the hunger-relief organization.

For more details or to register, go to

Tee it up for Down syndrome

Bust out your favorite visor and slather on the SPF because the Treasure Valley Down Syndrome Association is hosting the TVDSA Trisomy 21 Open Golf Tournament on Saturday, July 15, at Eagle Hills Golf Course, 605 N. Edgewood Lane.

The tournament will be a scramble format with check-in at 7 a.m. and shotgun start at 9 a.m.

There will be several activities throughout the 18 holes, including a Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin events, the Dixon Golf Challenges and, new this year, the ProShot Challenge.

Proceeds go toward raising awareness about Down syndrome and supporting the Down syndrome community and their families.

Registration is $100 per player and includes golf, cart, lunch and more. Registration is free for players with Down syndrome. Players need to be at least 14 years old, and all abilities are welcome.

Online registration has closed, but day-of registration will be available the morning of the event. For more information, go to

Michelle Jenkins: 208-377-6451