Abigail Cinnamon (left) stands proudly with her medal and friend, Kylie Ilnicki (right). / SUPPLIED

For the second straight year, students from the McBride and Valemount Elementary Schools went to Prince George to get a little muddy.

The second annual Little Mudder Challenge, put on by the Aboriginal Education Department in partner with Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart Program, was held at Otway Nordic Ski Centre in Prince George, which is operated by the non-profit Caledonia Nordic Ski Club.

This year’s event saw roughly 700 kids from across SD57, according to organizers, comparatively to last year’s inaugural event which saw roughly 400.

Event organizers say Little Mudder is not a competition or a race, but rather a challenge to individuals and teams,

Jorja August and Asacia Anderson are no worse for wear after a long day in the mud. / SUPPLIED


and the event focuses on team building. The course is just shy of six-kilometers long, and contains 10 obstacles.

Challenges included a medicine ball carry, mud pits and hurdles, which the kids spent roughly a month training for, they say.

The Valemount and McBride kids took roughly an hour to complete the course.

Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart is a national charity with a commitment to local communities, as through organized sports kids can connect to their communities, according to the charity’s website.





After a valiant effort during the Little Mudder Challenge, Carter Nash stands with his medal. / SUPPLIED


Students were forced to duck underneath the rope during this obstacle, however it’s Aboriginal Education Worker Cheri Dehnke seen here, along with student Asacia Anderson. / SUPPLIED