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SAN DIEGO - Celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2009,

the Muddy Buddy Ride and Run Series has announced its event dates for

the year. The 2009 schedule, which will kick off with an event

in Richmond, VA in May, will also include four new events in Nashville,

Detroit, San Diego and Phoenix. Muddy Buddy sold out eight of its nine

events in 2008, and is looking forward to a record year in repeat cities

as well as successful debuts in the four new markets.



The series, which hosts between 900 and 1,400 teams

of two at each event, is known for its unique six- to seven-mile courses

that require participants to 'leapfrog' between biking and running as

they traverse trails and obstacles. The course ends with a 60-foot-long

mud pit, which contestants crawl through together before crossing the

finish line. Registration for all events in the 2009 Muddy Buddy Ride

and Run Series is currently open online at:



Kids between the ages of 4 and 12 can join in the fun

with the adults, as a part of the Paul Mitchell Mini Muddy Buddy. At each

event, kids can sign up to complete a short obstacle course and slither

through the same mud pit as the adults. Five dollars of each registration

fee for the Mini Muddy Buddy benefits the Challenged Athletes Foundation.



"These events are a great way for the whole family

to get out and enjoy an exciting, unique event," said Bob Babbitt,

founder of the Muddy Buddy series. "Some participants even dress

up in costume - the courses are appropriate for any ability level, and

the relaxed atmosphere is perfect for anyone looking to have a great time

and get muddy!"



The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) Muddy Buddy Challenge, +presented by Land

Rover Certified Pre-Owned+, provides an easy way for able-bodied Muddy

Buddy participants to help people with physical challenges. Funds raised

through the CAF Muddy Buddy Challenge help purchase the adaptive athletic

equipment and support necessary for challenged athletes to create an active

lifestyle that includes fitness and competitive athletics. Land Rover,

one of the event's longtime sponsors, aided the cause for the 2008 series

by donating $9,000.



2009 Muddy Buddy Ride and Run


Sunday, May 3 - Richmond, VA

Sunday, May 9 - Orlando, FL

Sunday, May 17 - Austin, TX

Sunday, May 31 - Nashville*, TN

Sunday, June 7 - San Jose, CA

Saturday, June 20 - Atlanta, GA

Sunday, July 12 - Detroit*, MI

Sunday, August 2 - Chicago, IL

Sunday, August 16 - Boulder, CO

Sunday, October 25 - Dallas, TX

Sunday, November 1 - Los Angeles, CA

Sunday, December 6 - San Diego*, CA

Sunday, December 13 - Phoenix*, AZ

*New event






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