Blueberry Stomp Mud Run and Fundraiser - September 28th at Keel and Curley Winery

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The second annual Blueberry Stomp Mud Run is America's only mud run featuring a pit of blueberries as an obstacle. Last year more than 1,400 competitors of all ages and skill levels raced through the three mile course.

We are emphasizing participation and fun at this year's event, including a post-race party with live music and local food trucks providing tasty food choices.

Keel and Curley, Florida's biggest blueberry winery is completing course preps and accepting final registrations up until September 26th for its Blueberry Stomp Mud Run, presented by the Tampa Tribune. The event starts at 8:00am Saturday September 28th at 5210 W. Thonotosassa Road, Plant City.

Proceeds from this year's event will benefit the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund. Last year $7,500 was donated to help local children affected by kidney disorders.

While elite competitors will race for the best times, the Keel and Curley Winery course is also designed with the beginner in mind. No obstacles will be higher than ten feet or any water (or blueberry pits) deeper than three feet. Any person may skip an obstacle if they feel it's in the best interest of safety.

“We are emphasizing participation and fun at this year's event, including a post-race party with live music and local food trucks providing tasty food choices,” said Joe Keel, Founder and President of Keel and Curley Winery. "It's also a great finish experience for the runners, because friends, family and fellow competitors can cheer them on from our party deck as they cross the finish line."

All registered runners receive a free moisture wicking shirt, souvenir wine glass, and two free drinks (soda, beer, wine - id required) after the race. Trophies will be awarded to the top three runners in all categories. There will also be a free weekend getaway given to the runner with the best costume.

There will be 5 waves of runners starting at 8:30am and a new wave every 30 minutes until 10:30am. Runners can choose their preferred start time during the online registration process.

To register and for more information please visit http://blueberrystomp.com/.

For information about the winery and for a map and directions visit keelandcurleywinery.com.

About Keel and Curley Winery

Keel and Curley Winery began in Joe Keel’s kitchen in 2003. Keel, a central Florida blueberry farmer wanted to find a use for his end-of-crop blueberries. As in most produce farming, once the market price falls too low farms stop harvesting their crops, but there are still lots of quality blueberries on the bushes. Rather than waste this perfectly good harvest, Keel decided to try his hand at blueberry wine. Ten years later Keel and Curley Winery has won more than 250 awards for excellence in wine making and has produced 1,000,000 bottles.

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