ITHACA, N.Y. — Runners were lined up at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning outside Island Health and Fitness to take place in the annual Mud Sweat and Cheers 5k and Extreme Fitness Challenge.

The 5k, which will be Ithaca’s 5th annual Mud Sweat and Cheers event, was initially organized to honor Corporal Christopher Bordoni. Bordoni, an Ithaca High School graduate, died in 2012 after sustaining injuries while serving in ‘Operation Enduring Freedom’ in Afghanistan. The fundraising now goes toward supporting the Christopher Bordoni Fitness Trailhead and Scholarship.

Runners kicked off the 5k  just outside Island Fitness, and the route then took participants along the Cayuga Waterfront Trail, through Cass Park and then back to their original starting point. For those who opted to take part in the more extreme challenges of the event, there were seven different stations of obstacle courses spread throughout the race.

According to a press release, the funds raised this year will go toward the maintenance of the Bordoni Trailhead, which is located on the Cayuga Waterfront Trail. Addtionally, funds will also go to support the Christopher Bordoni Scholarship at Ithaca High School. Island Fitness has also teamed up with the Tomkins County Sheriff’s Office this year to help support training for a K9 unit.

The event will be going on throughout the day, with heats of runners filtering through until 3 p.m. Organizers expected over 400 participants to take part in this years race.

Alyvia Covert

Alyvia is a Crime Reporter with The Ithaca Voice. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Journalism and Photography.