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4th annual Penn Hills Mudcraw set for Sept. 29

| Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Penn Hills Progress
This years event took place on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Riders and their ATVs gathered at Universal Park in Penn Hills for the eight-mile trail ride. Lillian DeDomenic | For The Penn Hills Progress
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Penn Hills Progress
Joey Kelly of Plum prepares to hit the trail on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at the third annual Crawshaw Mud Craw, an ATV ride organized in memory of officer Michael Crawshaw.
Penn Hills Progress
Hundreds of ATVs and dirtbikes are lined up for the third annual Crawshaw Mud Craw on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. The annual fundraiser was organized in memory of Michael Crawshaw. The man accused of killing Crawshaw had his trial delayed again last week. Lillian DeDomenic | For The Penn Hills Progress
Patrick Varine | Penn Hills Progress
Riders lined both sides of the path through Universal Park in 2011 as they prepared to hit the woods for the Crawshaw Mud Craw.
Patrick Varine | Penn Hills Progress
This group came from the North Hills to participate in the ride. From left, Dave Herold of Prospect, Ed Schaefer of Butler, Butch Lambert of Mars, Mark Schaefer of Sewickley and Diane Harris of Valencia.

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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