LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Southwest Louisiana got dirty for a really good cause this weekend. Testing their strength, participants went the extra mile to help wounded warriors in the ReALLIEty Challenge.
"It's a race with military-style obstacles and all proceeds go to help injured soldiers returning home from war," said Allie Ieyoub, Project Fit owner.
More than 700 people took the challenge. The course was 3.5 miles and took participants over and under 13 obstacles. A rope wall tested their upper body strength while the 200 yard run between each obstacle tested their endurance and stamina, while non-stop mud pits surprised everyone.
Adam Burger did the course twice and said the Southwest Louisiana mud was the biggest challenge.
"It was tough. I mean the mud - your shoes get heavy, you get buried and you are knee deep in mud, trying to push through it and everything slippery about to roll a couple of ankles and everything. But it was fun definitely," said Burger.
Other said the event truly lived up to its name: "The Dirtiest Party in Town."
"The mud! The mud pits they just never seemed to end. They're forever and that was by far the hardest," said Jessica Fruge.
"It was the mud! It was terrible, but very fun," said Cedric Duncan.
They even had to swim through a swamp before sliding through more mud.
"Getting in that water knowing there is probably snakes in there. That was scary for me and I'm scared to death of snakes," said Patsy Leonards.
But Leonards didn't let her fear get the best of her. She did it for her son who just returned home after serving overseas.
"I just wanted to get that feel of a tiny bit of what they must have gone through and this was hard for me... But I can't imagine what they all went through and we are just so grateful to all of the soldiers," said Leonards.
All the sweat and mud paid off, the event raised over $5,000 for Wounded Warriors - an organization that helps injured soldiers adjust to life back home.
"It's very rewarding to see everyone out here having a good time for such a great cause," said Ieyoub. "I always told my clients - they need to raise the bar on themselves and I just raised it on myself and it feels good!"
Ieyoub said she's already taking notes to make the event bigger and better next year.