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5K the hard way

Mandy Hellman and Sydney Stolba emerge from the culvert under Mehaffey Bride Road west of Solon and head for the finish line of the Solon Survivor Extreme 5K, a fundraiser for the Solon Sluggers 13U baseball team.

SOLON– Close to 70 hardy souls dragged themselves through culverts, over bales of hay and across ice-cold streams as the Solon Sluggers 13U baseball team hosted the second Solon Survivor Extreme 5K Saturday morning, March 8, southwest of Solon.
The off-road race raised funds for the club as well as the Solon Food Pantry.
“The boys and their parents did a great job preparing for the event and helping the racers through the tough course,” said organizer Brian Bock.  “Everyone had a lot of fun, but the best result of this race is that it will help provide several hundred dollars to the Solon Food Pantry.”
Bock said the baseball club would look to present a check to the pantry in April before one of the team’s first games.
Bock thanked St. Mary Catholic Church for the use of its facilities, as well as Mary Jean Fabritz, Kermit Johnson, Dave Harney and Bill Leefers for “allowing us to run the event on their land. It is very much appreciated,” Bock said.
The route began at the St. Mary Catholic Church parking lot and meandered along a line of trees west, crossing under Mehaffey Bridge Road and through Jordan Creek, across farm fields and over round bales and then back to the starting line.
The Sluggers will also be raising funds for the pantry through another event Sunday, March 30, at the Coralville Buffalo Wild Wings. Mention the Solon Sluggers from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and 10 percent or your purchase will go to the pantry.