The Pekin Park Foundation has Run A Muck.

Not really, of course. That’s the name of an obstacle course fundraiser the foundation has held for two years.

The second annual Run A Muck was Aug. 19 along Broadway Road, north of the 4-H shelter. Revenue from the event funds scholarships for children who otherwise wouldn’t be able to participate in Pekin Park District programs.

There were about 200 Run A Muck participants last year, all children, and about $1,900 was raised, thanks largely to sponsors who covered costs, and donations of materials and refreshments.

Foundation officials were hoping for at least as much financial success this year from Run A Muck, especially because of the addition of an adult division.

A week before the event, 101 had signed up through early registration.

“We’d love to have 250,” said DeDe McNeely, the park district’s program manager.

Obstacle courses for participants ages 3 to 12, ages 13 to and up, and adults were set up Aug. 19. Obstacles included climbing, tunneling, stepping up, army maneuvers and a muddy river crossing.

VIP sponsors as of a week before Run A Muck were McCritter’s; Excalibur Seasoning; Rescued Heart Animal Shelter; Butler Giraudo & Meister attorneys; Pekin Insurance; Two Men and a Truck; Tumble Jungle Bus, Parkinson FundRACERS, Pekin Firefighters Local 523, Laborers Local 231, Big R, and the Pekin Trophy House & Engraved.

The not-for-profit foundation, set up about the same time the park district was founded in 1902, gives donors a variety of opportunities to improve park district facilities and expand participation in park district activities through tax-deductible donations.

Donors can honor a loved one who died, or celebrate a birth, birthday, anniversary, or holiday through a tree planting or the purchase of items like a park bench or picnic table.

For more information on the foundation, go to

Steve Stein can be reached at 686-3114 or Follow him on Twitter @SpartanSteve.