Adults are ready to get dirty for a good cause at the 3rd annual Delaware Mud Run on Sunday at the Frightland grounds on Route 13 between Odessa and the St. Georges Bridge.


Adults are ready to get dirty for a good cause at the 3rd annual Delaware Mud Run on Sunday at the Frightland grounds on Route 13 between Odessa and the St. Georges Bridge.

The 5K (3.1 mile) race with plenty of muddy obstacles benefits the Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware. Spectators are welcome. Opening ceremonies start at 9:30 a.m., with the run to follow.

Several teams from the Smyrna area are participating, including three “Superhero” teams sponsored by Faries Funeral Home, and the “Muddy Members” sponsored by Anytime Fitness.

Rob Timblin from Faries Funeral Home convinced a group of friends to dress up as their favorite superhero for the event. Many of the Mud Run teams dress in costume and there are prizes for the best costume, along with highest fundraising team, and fastest times.

“I had so much fun last year that I decided to ask a few of my friends to try it out,” said Timblin. “The only condition was that everyone dress in full costume as various superheroes. I’m a fan of old comic books, especially Captain America.”

Faries Funeral Home has donated $750 to sponsor the three teams.

At the Mud Run, Timblin will indeed be dressed as Captain America, along his wife Alison as Supergirl, Rich Dowell as Thor, John Trabaudo as Iron Man, Andy Slavin as Spiderman, Laurie Deisem as Wonder Woman, Bob Caguin as Superman, Sonya Arrowwood as the Black Widow, Rich Callahan as The Hulk, Dave Elwood as The Punisher, and Pet Golba as Batman.

Running for a friend with leukemia

The Faries Funeral Home Super Teams are also rallying around a friend who has leukemia, Nick Godwin.

“We are all running for him,” said Timblin.

Godwin, who is now out of the hospital after chemotherapy, is planning to participate in the Mud Run as The Thing on one of the Super Teams.

“It’s a great cause,” said Godwin. “It really shows that people out there care. It’s amazing how many people come out for this.”

As far as his teammates, Godwin said, “It’s a great thing to have friends like this.”

He also thanked the event founders, the Ferrara family, for all they’ve done raise money for leukemia research.

Godwin was diagnosed with leukemia, a cancer of the blood, in July 2010. He spent more than a month in the hospital undergoing chemotherapy and continues to take chemo pills.

“I tell everyone, ‘I feel fine,’ but there’s a lot of fatigue. Your muscles ache,” he said. “But I’m lucky. It’s the people in the hospital that are going through the worst of it. I say prayers for them.”

Cancer survivors participating

The Anytime Fitness Team, “Muddy Members,” includes two cancer survivors: Jason Keller, a Sunnyside Elementary teacher, and Bill Schultz, a teacher and Smyrna High School athletic director.

Keller had lymphatic cancer in 1991 but after treatments he has fully recovered.

“After 10 years of being cancer-free, I was cleared,” he said.

As a child, Schultz suffered from neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nervous system, when he was 2.

“I went through radiation and surgery at Johns Hopkins in Maryland, and I’ve been clear ever since,” he said.

However, cancer just recently struck his family again. His mother, Janet Schultz, died from pancreatic cancer this summer.

As a way of battling back against cancer, Keller and Schultz recruited friends they know at Anytime Fitness, Rick Conn and Joe Thuet, to form a team to raise money for the Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware.

“I’ve volunteered (at the Mud Run) the last two years, but I’ve never run it,” said Schultz. “It’s a great atmosphere, everyone coming out to support a cause that affects so many.”

Keller also knows Denni Ferrara, the president of the Leukemia Society of Delaware, whose daughter, Natalia, had leukemia.

“I wanted to do something to help them and help the Leukemia Society,” Keller said.

How to donate

To help the local teams raise money for the Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware in the Mud Run, go to the website www.delawaremudrun.com then select TEAMS on the left side of the screen, then select Muddy Members or Faries Funeral Home Super Team 1, 2, or 3, then select Support Our Team Donate Online.

Last year the Mud Run raised more than $250,000.