Bridesmaids Brave Mud for Bride Killed in Crash
Friends and family wear dresses in Wisconsin 'Udder Mudder'
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2014 7:00 PM CDT
A participant takes part in a mud run.   (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Wade Payne)

(Newser) – A group of would-be bridesmaids took part in a mud run on Saturday and wore their bridesmaid dresses through every inch of muck. It was all to honor the bride-to-be, Shannon Hall, who died in a car accident earlier this month. "We thought it would be a good 'in memory of Shannon' thing to do," her sister Angie Guralski tells the Marshfield News Herald. "We had the dresses and we just thought Shannon would want us to wear them." Hall had invited them to join her on the 3-mile "Udder Mudder" run in Marshfield, Wis., all in formalwear, so the bridesmaid dresses seemed a fitting replacement, with race bibs pinned in place of corsages, Fox 6 Now reports.

In all, 24 friends and family plowed through the muddy course, with Hall's brother, mother, and fiance Justin Cyzan supporting the team. Cyzan, who was injured in the Sept. 2 crash that killed 24-year-old Hall, snapped photos from the sidelines, ABC News reports. "So this thing being dirty, that's all for Shannon, and them all being dirty, it's all for Shannon," he says. The family also plans to gather on the planned Oct. 4 wedding day and shoot fireworks in memory of Hall, WAOW reports. As for the mud run, Guralski says it was cathartic: "It was nice to see everyone having fun and happy," she says. "It's nice to see Justin laughing and taking pictures. It felt good to have some happiness again." (Read about a bride-to-be killed while heading for her bachelorette weekend.)
 

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