The Gardner Grind adventure race at Celebration Park was held on Aug. 12. The event featured a one mile course that challenged participants with obstacles, water hazards and plenty of mud. Participants had a choice to go over or under the black pipes, but either way, they were going to get muddy. Photos courtesy of Rick Poppitz


LEFT: Mom and son, Amy and Acy VanRheen of Gardner, in a pool of muddy water at the end of a long slide down the back of the pond dam in Celebration Park, discussing the experience. They said they went down the slide about ten times before moving on to the next obstacle. RIGHT: Nine year old Gardner residents, Hudson Hammett and Jordan Posgai, proudly pose for a photo after completing the Gardner Grind adventure race course at Celebration Park on Aug, 12.