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4,000 plus signed up for Lathrop 5K Mud Run
One of three Prestigo Real Estate open house signs blocking sidewalks in the Powers Tract neighborhood on Sunday. - photo by DENNIS WYATT

A little more than 4,000 people have signed up for the 2015 edition of the Mud Run on the Farm taking place Saturday, May 30, at Dell’Osso Farms in Lathrop.

And while worries about the drought has forced the cancellation of several mud runs in the West — primarily in arid regions of Southern California — that isn’t an issue at Dell’Osso Farms.

That’s because of the high water table —in spots as close as five feet to the surface — means the water used goes right back where it is pumped from with the exception of whatever water is in the mud that is caked on participants and isn’t washed off before they leave.

“It’s non-potable water,” Susan Dell’Osso said.

The high water table is a direct result of the close proximity to the San Joaquin River.

The Mud Run — coupled with the Pumpkin Maze and Holidays on the Farm — brings more than 200,000 people a year to the farm at the Manthey Road exit on Interstate 5. That number makes Dell’Osso Farms the largest event orientated tourist attraction in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

Dell’Osso noted entries are still being accepted for $75.

The 5K course includes 26 obstacles. It will be run with waves of 300 taking off every 20 minutes starting at 8 a.m. on May 30.

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Realtors’ sign of disrespect

An elderly Manteca woman said if she ever goes to sell her house she knows what real estate firm she won’t use.

She was walking with a neighbor on Sunday when they were forced into the street along busy Moffat Boulevard because an agent for Prestigo Real Estate had placed two A-frame open house signs completely blocking the sidewalk at the intersection with Cowell Avenue.

Anyone who lives in the Powers Tract neighborhood and rounds the southern corner at Cowell knows how close high speed traffic comes to the sidewalk due to the way the road is striped.

A third sign was also blocking the sidewalk at Yolo Street and Cowell Avenue.

It’s not the first case of thoughtless real estate agents completely blocking sidewalks with open house signs.

The worst case was a year ago when such a sign was placed on the raised steel plate where handicapped people in wheelchair cross the street along Louise Avenue near the city fire station.

A-frame signs placed in such a manner aren’t just rude it’s illegal to do so.

Of course, as the elderly lady noted, by the time the City of Manteca acts on a complaint it’s too late.

Perhaps the Central Valley Association of Realtors should remind its members to follow the rules and be a little bit more respectful of others.