orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

July 6, 2013

Running for a cause

Physical test coming to Bridge City

Gabriel Pruett
The Orange Leader

BRIDGE CITY — Cody Eldridge was reading a story a while back on a Army sergeant out of Converse who had survived two separate IED explosions.

Army Sgt. Josh Michael, 34, did not survive a train accident though in Nov. 2012. Michael was on a parade float which stopped on a railroad crossing. He was able to shove his wife to safety but the impact killed Michael.

With this story in mind and the fitness of those in the area, Eldridge along with friend Evan Boren have set up Dirt Pit Madness.

The first event will be a mud run that will test visitors strength and endurance starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 13. The dirt pit is located at 427 Roberts Ave.

“I read that story and knew we had  to raise money for that man,” Eldridge said. “The story really spoke to me.”

A portion of the proceeds from the event at Dirt Pit Madness will go to Michael’s wife and two children. Additional donations can be made at www.sgtjoshuamichael.com.

Eldridge did not want to give any details away on the course yet said it will test those who decide to compete.

“There are four man-made obstacles,” Eldridge said. “The rest is challenging terrain.”

The course is three miles long.

There will be prizes given out for best competitors and team names. There will be food and drinks along with live music. The event is bring your own beverage.

“Even if you are not there to run, people can come out and have a blast anyway,” Eldridge said.

See more information at www.dirtpitmadness.com.