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Competitors brave the mud for 2019 Mud Gauntlet, supporting Southern Tier Aids Program

BARKER (WBNG) — Dozens braved a muddy obstacle course Saturday for the 2019 Mud Gauntlet raising money for the Southern Tier AIDS Program.

The massive course spans the Newby family property in the town of Barker, all a part of their family business ‘Newbsanity.’

“It’s kind of like a playground for big kids,” describes competitor Will Manvell.

The course includes everything from mud pits and rock climbing walls to balancing logs and a warped wall.

While the competition was tricky, funds raised helped out the Southern Tier Aids Program, or STAP.

“We do a lot of basic need provisions for folks, folks that are struggling with paying for their housing, we help to fund our food pantry, we pay people utilities, certainly funds some of our programs that do HIV, Hepatitis C and STD testing and we keep the community healthy,” said STAP Executive Director John Barry.

Happy to help out, Newbsanity co-owner Jarrett Newby says, “everything we do puts money back into that organization so that they can help out the city of Binghamton, Broome County.”

The event provides not only for the community, but also athletes of all levels.

Competitor Jamie Scott says, “there’s so many great athletes here, whether or not you’re here to compete, no matter if you’re concerned about how fast you’re going or not, everybody up here accomplishes something.”

Julia Gorman

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