Reality TV show inspires mentorship & muddiness
Dayton ‘Girls Night Out’ group gets down & dirty in Mud Factor 5K
“Girls Night Out” took a muddy turn Saturday, Sept. 22 when a group of 16 women dug in and devoured the Mud Factor 5K run held at the corner of Hwy. 169 and 109th Avenue.
The self-title group, “The Bach Girls” are a group of women young adults from middle school age through 51 that got their name and their start from a much more elegant common demoninator.
“When the show ‘The Bachelor’ first came out I invited Kelly Durenburger to join me in watching it,” said Dayton resident Pam Baumgartener. What started out as a group of two, grew into the group it is today of mostly Dayton women who get together every Monday for the show.
“It started that our kids would come along and do their school work while we watched the show,” said Baumgartener. “It’s now grown into this wonderful group that is a good support group for mentoring youth.”
When they are not watching “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette,” they do something else. The group has attended plays, gone out to dinner and taken their “show on the road” with walking dates.
Kelly Stricker brought up the idea of participating in a mud run to the rest of the group. When they heard about the Mud Factor 5K and its charitable efforts with “Wishes and More Children’s Charity,” Baumgartener said it was a great fit for their group. The charity’s mission is to enhance the life of children fighting a terminal or life threatening condition by providing extraordinary experiences including, wishes, scholarships, memorials and more. Group member
Some members of the group took on the challenge by training for it.
“Some didn’t do a darn thing,” chuckled Baumgartener.
In keeping with the spirit of the original ties of their group, Baumgartener and Tami Leonhardt made a visit to Lions Gym in Robbinsdale, whose owner happens to be Kirk DeWindt, a former bachelor contestant on the 2010 seaon of “The Bachelorette.”
The group discovered the run was quite a workout; the deeper into the run and deeper into the mud they got, the heavier their clothes became and the more arduous the effort became. But they came away triumphant and were the largest group to compete in the Champlin/Brooklyn Park course.