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Waterville sees hundreds of runners in five-kilometer "mud run," and a wedding

Jennifer Denis (left) and Bill Denis (right) were married at the finish line of Waterville's Dirty Dog Mud Run April 15 (Thomas College).

WATERVILLE (WGME) — The annual Dirty Dog Mud Run saw hundreds of Mainers dirty themselves across a five-kilometer, 14-obstacle course Sunday.

The event, hosted by Thomas College, stretches through woods and across the college's campus. Organizers bill the event as family-friendly, with its kids' races, food trucks and music.

Runners field monkey bars, tire flips, mud crawls, and carry buckets and climb walls.

One notable pair running the course was Jennifer Denis and her now-husband, Bill — they completed the Mud Run and were married at the finish line, according to a statement from Mackenzie Riley, Thomas College's assistant director of media relations.

"They ran the Dirty Dog Mud Run last year for the first time together," said Mackenzie.

In a statement released before the Mud Run kicked off, Assistant Dean of Student Engagement Jim Delorie said the event has been growing each year.

The college initially expected 700 participants, including several dozen youth registered to compete in the kids' race.

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