Published: Jan 14, 2013 10:18 AM EST
Updated: Jan 14, 2013 10:54 AM EST

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- People getting dirty for a good cause. Over 1,500 runners took to the start line trekking through the mud, all to support the kids of Galisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida. It was the 1st annual Southwest Florida Mud Run at the Red Neck Yacht Club.

It was three miles through some of the muddiest terrain.
"Sometime you fell down into the hole so far, you had to swim out," said runner Chris Beers
Runners taking on a military-style challenge for the kids.
"My little brother is leaving to go to the army, so it was all about doing this with him and kind of doing it for a good cause together," said runner Shauna Shows.
The mud run is to help expand the Galisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida, giving kids a bigger facility to get the medical care they need.
"If you're going to do it for something, that's one of the best things you can do it for," Shows said.
One brother and sister duo made sure both made it through the mud.
"I definitely wouldn't have been able to go over the walls without him and cheering each other on."

Shauna Shows says it was a hard mission making it to the finish line.

"My legs, I don't know if you can see, but they are bloody and scraped from the concrete, but you couldn't think about it, you just had to keep going...keep going," Shows explained.

"No strategy, just run, quick, fast, help somebody out," said Beers.

Shows was also the first woman to complete the race during her heat.

"I couldn't believe it. We even stopped because we lost our shoes, so we stopped for a while to look for our shoes. Finally, we said forget it, lets just go!"

This mud run was made possible by Stephanie and Dustin Edwards.
Both of their children were admitted to the ICU when they were born because of medical complications.
The Edwards say this is one way they can give back to the hospital.