Nearly 1,500 runners got muddy last weekend at the Car-X Crazy K  race at the Champaign County Fairgrounds.
If you aren’t familiar with it, it’s a 5K obstacle race in which runners navigate hale bales, mud pits, water slides, plastic tunnels and other obstacles. Parham Parastaran, owner of the local Car-X businesses, was inspired by the Warrior Dash races to create the Crazy K. This was its second year.
All the money from the entry fees goes to charity. This year’s event raised almost $50,000 for 25 charities. Runners were able to choose which charity would receive the bulk of their registration fees.
“It means the world to me to make an impact in this community, and it means even more to do it on such a large scale,” said Parastaran. “I’m just glad we could host such an important event while simultaneously making it so enjoyable.”
Parastaran said race organizers have already started planning next year’s course, and it will be even dirtier.
Photo: Runners pass through the starting line of the Car-X Crazy K on Sept. 8. Photo by John Dixon/The News-Gazette.