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Published August 23, 2013, 08:06 PM

Running in mud in honor of Lexi

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Tomorrow, some of Lexi's friends will put themselves to the test: running through the mud in her honor.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - At Essentia hospital, Lexi Bolstad's family and doctors are in the process of trying to wake her up.

The Davies High School senior has been unconscious since her August 4th accident, when she suffered severe brain trauma after falling out of a GEM vehicle.

Tomorrow, some of Lexi's friends will put themselves to the test: running through the mud in her honor.

Lexi Klabo and a few friends will spend their Saturday afternoon running through the trails, lakes and mud of Otter Tail County, all in honor of their friend Lexi Bolstad, who, if she wasn't hospitalized, would likely run right along with them.

Lexi Klabo- Bolstad’s Classmate: “She's a really awesome person, a great friend and she deserves all of this.”

This isn't the first time these Davies High School students have rallied around their friend.

They sold ribbons and bracelets reading "Pray for Lexi," attended prayer services and candlelight vigils.

They got involved with the Viking Challenge because Klabo's step-father Tollef Ringdahl is one of the event's creators.

Tollef Ringdahl- Viking Challenge Creator: "They've been more than caring to try to speed up her recovery and hold her hand as she's going through this terrible time."

The challenge is in its second year, and includes a 5K and 10K obstacle course complete with water, hay and a lot of mud.

Proceeds from the Viking Challenge go to cancer research. But this year, they decided to give some of the funds to the Bolstad family.

That money will come from a fundraiser that collects used running shoes after the mud run.

Randy Fischer- Viking Challenge Organizer: "The Green Sneaker event, just that portion of it will be contributed to Lexi to help. It's a cause right now that is important to these young kids and to all of us."

Organizers expect about 800 people to compete in this year's Viking Challenge.

It all starts at 9 a.m. tomorrow and walk-in registration is encouraged.

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