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4th annual Penn Hills Mudcraw set for Sept. 29

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By Patrick Varine

Published: Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

If you're looking to get good and dirty for a worthy cause, pull out your all-terrain vehicle and head to Universal Park on Sept. 29.

The fourth annual Penn Hills Mudcraw, formerly the Crawshaw Mud Craw, will take place along the ATV trails near the park, as hundreds of off-roading enthusiasts gather at the fundraiser benefiting the Penn Hills Police Fallen Heroes Fund.

The ride previously was named in memory of Penn Hills police Officer Michael Crawshaw, who was killed in the line of duty in 2009.

Crawshaw's friend Bob Grill, a Penn Hills Department of Public Works employee, came up with the idea for the original ride and is among the annual organizers.

Details and rules for the Mudcraw are largely the same as in previous years.

The cost is $20 per rider, registration begins at 8 a.m. at the park, located at 1 Memorial Park Drive, food will be served until 4 p.m. at the park and permitted vehicles include 4x4 and 6x6 ATVs/UTVs, motocross, enduro and kids motorbikes.

No bicycles, scooters, cars, trucks, Jeeps, go-karts, buggies or electric golf carts are allowed.

The major change this year will be in the timing. Instead of a single, formalized entrance onto the route, riders will be permitted to simply register and hit the road (or dirth path, as the case may be).

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Patrick Varine is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7845 or



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