Good, Not-So-Clean Fun

Hundreds of clean adults descended upon St. Petersburg’s Spa Beach on the weekend of July 11 and left feeling a little dirtier than usual.

TASCO (Teen, Arts, Sports, and Cultural Opportunities) and Tampa Bay Club Sports teamed up for the sixth time to bring St. Petersburg Extreme Mud Wars, where teams of 6 to 8 members compete in some of the dirtiest events around.

Extreme Mud Wars is comprised of eight events including dodge ball, tug-of-war, ultimate football, and more – all played in the mud, of course – that last all day Saturday and Sunday.

Teams rotate through the events to see who is the best of the best.

But setting up an event for nearly 1,000 people to play in the mud is no small task.

“We have six fire hoses, 4,000 sand bags, and 20 tons of dirt that make the mud,” general manager and owner of Tampa Bay Club Sports, Chris Giebner, said.

Over 960 people participated in the event last year and preparation for the event took nearly a week to complete.

TASCO has been running the event for teens for 20 years, but Giebner had a feeling that mud wars should not just be for kids.

“Adults want to do this too,” Giebner explained. “And Tampa Bay Club Sports runs adult leagues. We have the data base, we’ll market it to the adults, get adults to put in the teams, throw in some beer sales for charity, and Extreme Mud Wars was born.”

TASCO and the city of St. Petersburg set it all up and Tampa Bay Club Sports runs the adult side of it. Much of the event is run on a volunteer basis. Volunteers are credited $50 to any league they like run by Tampa Bay Club Sports.

“I did it to help out Tampa Bay Club Sports, and also for the $50 credit toward any league,” volunteer Graham Morison said. Morison is in several soccer leagues run by TBCS and plans on putting the $50 to good use.

Food and drink vendors were available at the event and beer sales benefitted the Secrets of the Sea Marine Exploration Center and Aquarium, as well as Hands4Hope

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