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Mudder events more about accomplishment and camaraderie than competition!

grapesofwrathheaderfetch>UID>There will be mud, there will be pain, and you will never be the same. This is the spirit surrounding Grapes of Wrath. For Helga Michel, these mudder events are more about teamwork and a sense of accomplishment.

“Beginning in 2011 my boyfriend, Kevin Ferguson and I participated in our first survival mud race, Warrior Dash. Since then it’s been all uphill from there…literally…trudging up and down ski hills, splashing through mud, and enduring physical and mental challenges.

One common thread among survival runners was we were helping others.  Each run sponsored a different charity. Both young and old came out to support families and friends through personal struggles and celebrate victories. The camaraderie and human spirit is remarkable. You really are participating in something for the greater good.  We enjoy the personal fitness challenge and have had a lot of fun along the way.

No matter how difficult an obstacle can be or just when you’re about to give up, someone seems to grab your hand and pull you through.  The feeling of accomplishment at the end is well worth it.

Since that day at the Warrior Dash, we’ve completed five obstacle runs and travelled some distance to get to them.  Tough Mudder, being the most challenging. We are looking forward to the Grapes of Wrath Stomp and Romp, right in our own backyard. The tremendous sense of community spirit and charity for the area makes this race a pleasure to run, even through mud, sweat and tears.” – Helga Michel

Competitors are now invited to secure their spots at the starting line for the inaugural Grapes of Wrath Stomp and Romp Survival Race hosted at Hillier Creek Estates Winery. Entry into the race to be held on September 13, 2014 is now open by visiting the website,

The Canadian Cancer Society – Hastings-Prince Edward County and Brighton Community Office, in a partnership with the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation (PECMHF) and the Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation (TMHF) are proud to present the inaugural Grapes of Wrath Stomp and Romp Survival Race, a harrowing five kilometre run complete with daunting obstacles sure to test your ability to have fun in the face of adversity.

The gruelling course will challenge your resilience, strength and stamina while trudging over, under and through grapevines and splashing through the winery’s namesake creek while building the courage to overcome uncompromising, mud stricken obstacles whilst raising money for health care in our communities.

The race, open to individuals or teams of two to eight, will feature a fundraising component asking participants to solicit pledges online from their friends and family to benefit patients receiving cancer care and services from the above mentioned charities.

The Grapes of Wrath will provide opportunities for competitors to become part of an interactive online experience with chances to both socialize with other team members through setting up a personal/team fundraising page, easily shared through social media outlets, which will assist with collecting pledges from family and friends. All pledges are tax deductible and will be receipted.
“This race will provide a perfect blend of charity and camaraderie as challengers come together as teams or individuals to participate in this fun and inspiring event while raising money for much needed medical equipment for patients using our hospitals and for patients receiving cancer treatment,” said Amy Doyle, executive director of the Hastings-Prince Edward County and Brighton Cancer Society Community Office.

An early bird registration fee has been set at $75.00 per participant, valid until May 31, 2014. After that date, registration will increase to $100.00, per participant. Competitors must be 18 years or older on race day to be eligible to run. Racers will receive a dry-fit t-shirt and upon completion of the race, dog tags. Additional information can be found by visiting our website, or by liking us on Facebook,

“This is going to be an adrenaline-charged event and we are sure we will raise significant funds for the HPE and Brighton Cancer Society as well as the PECM and TM Hospital Foundations,” said Wendy Warner, executive director of the TMH Foundation. “We encourage everyone to register, whether racing competitively, recreationally or as part of a team.”

For those who are interested in the event, but may not wish to participate, there are numerous volunteer opportunities available for the day of, or leading up to the event. There are also several sponsorship opportunities available for any interested business. Any interested parties are asked to use the contact information below.

For 75 years, the Canadian Cancer Society has been with Canadians in the fight for life. We have been relentless in our commitment to prevent cancer, fund research and support Canadians touched by cancer. From this foundation, we will work with Canadians to change cancer forever so fewer Canadians are diagnosed with the disease and more survive.

The PECMH and TMH Foundations support their respective hospitals by raising funds and awareness of the need to assist in the provision of priority medical equipment and services for all patients and residents of our communities. It is through the generosity of our donors that our doctors, nurses and technologists can provide quality health care to the patients at PECM and TM Hospital.

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