York, PA - Hundreds of students and community members got "Down and Dirty" at Dallastown Area High School on Friday to raise money for cystic fibrosis.
Friday was the seventh annual Down and Dirty fundraising event, which began years ago when high school teachers Gwen and Rodger Murphy found out their son, Shad, now 12, had cystic fibrosis, said Patricia McKinney, chair of the school's health and physical education department and an adviser of the school's volunteer club, which organizes the event.
"It just broke our hearts," McKinney said.
The first year, the school held a fundraising walk and added a 5K race and an ultimate Frisbee tournament in subsequent years. But that still didn't bring in the numbers they wanted, she said.
Then, they added the Down and Dirty -- an obstacle course that always involves a mud pit.
"The kids have just loved doing this," McKinney said, noting some come to compete and others just want to get muddy.
This year, other challenges included Slip-N-Slide for distance, a multi-player race in a camel costume, and a race up a hill covered in baby shampoo and water, where participants then have to make a pyramid.
"Every year it gets bigger," McKinney said, noting there were teams from other school districts participating this year.
Participants pay $25 each to play, and T-shirts can be purchased for another $5.
McKinney said students fund raise and this year she received a grant to run the event, so that all money made through the event can be donated right to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Team Shad, a group that supports the foundation.
"The kids know all (the) money goes to help Shad," McKinney said.
The past events have raised more than $121,000.
A live auction to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Team Shad will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at Dallastown Post 605 American Legion, 57 W. Main St., Dallastown.