Quadriplegic mud racer inspires and makes memories at Raymond Mud Bog

Published: July 23, 2016  |  Source: globalnews.ca  | Spinal Cord Injury:
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Chris Boese is a quadriplegic, but it hasn’t stopped him from mud racing. Boese participated in the 6th Annual Raymond Mud Bog Saturday, in hopes of inspiring others. Sarah Komadina has the story.

Chris Boese is a quadriplegic, but it hasn’t stopped him from mud racing. Boese participated in the 6th Annual Raymond Mud Bog Saturday, in hopes of inspiring others.

“I want to use this chance to show other people with disabilities, they can have a hobby and have some fun,” Boese said.

About 50 racers signed up for the Raymond mud bog that started at 11 a.m. in the Alberta town of Raymond.

Drivers take their loud and dirty trucks through a mud pit, their goal is to get through the fastest and for bragging rights, make a big of a splash.

The 38-year-old says he pretty safe because everything is very hands on.

“The weird thing is, you have everything on a steering wheel and one hand on a stick, with your break and gas and you are holding on for dear life,” Boese said.

“Just depends on the type of mud that’s in there and how deep it is, this is a little shallower pit so it’s faster today,” Randy Mehrer, who helped organizer the race, said.

For Amber Gallup, it’s more than just about speed. She gets to spend some good ol’ quality time with her dad in their truck ‘Dirty Little Bogger’.

“It’s really special, we have a good bond, it’s definitely fun to do, with him,” Gallup said.

For seven years she was sitting shot gun, but now she has her learners and it’s the 14 year old’s turn to drive.

“I was coaching her! Yeah, try to keep the truck straight, tell her what to do, where to go,” Michael Gallup, Amber’s dad, said.

Even though some trucks didn’t go very far, for Boese and the Gallup’s, mud bogging is a time to have fun, inspire and bond.

By Sarah Komadina – Global News
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