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Hurley celebrates 30th rally with mud bath

HURLEY - As part of Hurley's 30th annual Memorial Day weekend, Sunday featured the popular Mud Pit Races, which drew a large number of spectators who rimmed both sides of the pit.

The races were held at the Trailhead on the Iron Horse Trail.

Hurley Fire Department race officials said the partly sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s may have helped bring out more people.

The primary sponsors of the Mud Pit races were area businesses and the Iron County ATV Association. They provided first, second and third place cash prizes in five classes of racing events.

The first place prize in each class was $100.

The racers were given two runs, one in each direction. The best time was taken from the runs.

The mud racers also got to kick up a little (and sometimes a lot) of mud, which the spectators seemed to enjoy the most.

Race officials were still taking registrations up until the start of the races and thought there could be up to 40 entries in the races.

Fire Department officials said that all the money raised at the mud races goes to fire department and rescue equipment and they appreciated the great support they received from the community.