By Justin Udo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – More than 5,000 participants came out to Fairmount Park on Saturday morning to race to help raise money for charity.READ MORE: CBS3 Pet Project: Keeping An Eye Out For Lost Dog Scams
The Merrell Down & Dirty Obstacle Race 5 and 10K off-road courses filled with military-style obstacles let runners try a race that breaks off from the traditional run that most are used to.
“There’s everything from cargo net climbs, to crawls through mud pits, to carrying rocks and sand bags. It’s just the hardest workout people will ever do in their lives,” this runner said.READ MORE: 5 Hurt After Single-Car Crash In Cheltenham Township, Police Say
The muddy off-road trails offered more than 20 obstacles and even young kids got to participate.
The event helped raise money for Operation Gratitude, a charity that sends personalized care packages to military personnel deployed in regions overseas.MORE NEWS: 2 Sent To Hospital After Truck Crashes Into Home, Philadelphia Police Say