Hot 'N Boggy Weekend

Dianne St. Jean

The weekend was sweltering hot this year for the annual North West Mud Racing Associations on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4 & 5. A lot of familiar regulars made their appearance with events featuring the usual – the mud pits -a constant challenge in Valemount with its sandy soil to the point that they even brought clay into the mix to try and keep it gumbo – the hill-n-hole, junior racers and of course, the bog pit.

There weren’t as many competitors it seemed this year, and no sleds. No worries - it was fun to watch as always.

Yep – some will take a dive to get another 10!
Yep – some will take a dive to get another 10!
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Valemount hometown competition presented by Arnold Merrill (Green Frog) and Stu McKirdy in the red (usually driven by Jen Robinson).
Valemount hometown competition presented by Arnold Merrill (Green Frog) and Stu McKirdy in the red (usually driven by Jen Robinson).
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Hot 'N Boggy Weekend
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Hot 'N Boggy Weekend
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Although she doesn’t look it, 34-year-old Leanna Davies has been racing for ten years, with her first race in Valemount being in 2015.  She drives the awesome Thunderstruck and this is her second year doin’ hill-n-hole. Davies and hubby Dave own 100 Mile Horsepower Ranch where they host mud racing. Check it out on Facebook!

Hot 'N Boggy Weekend
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This was Amanda Wilson’s third year racing in Valemount. Wilson, from Alberta, hails from a racing family with dad Kevin as her mechanic. Amanda turned 22 just after the Mud Race weekend. She drives a ’94 GMC Sierra with 5.7L Vortec and 6 inch lift. named Black Betty.

Hot 'N Boggy Weekend
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 This was 14 year-old Renee Sterne’s first year at the bogs. Sterne takes after bog-racing-hill-n-hole racing competitor dad Clay. Renee helped dad build the truck, so he gave it to her. Sterne’s truck, Black & Blue Knights, is a 302 bone stock fuel-injected mid engine. Awesome dad, awesome daughter, awesome family!