On the weekly local public affairs program, Southern Tier Close Up airing February 1 on WNBF, Southern Tier Aids Program development director, Mary Kaminsky talks about the plans for the first Mud Gauntlet in Broome County.

Participants will be running a hard-core outdoor obstacle course April 13 that has been constructed on the property of Jarret Newby of Binghamton, who is the founder of Newsanity and has been running Tough Mudders with his son for three years.

Kaminsky says the course is for people who are in good shape and not for those with any health issues since it involves scaling walls, fording water obstacles and other challenges.

Switching gears, STAP executive director, John Barry touches on the status of AIDS/HIV in the region, programs to support patients and their families and education.

Barry and Kaminsky also have a special announcement concerning future plans for STAP.

Information on the mud gauntlet can be found at www.mudgauntlet.com while information on the Southern Tier AIDS Program is available at www.stapinc.org.

Southern Tier Close Up airs Saturdays at 12:10 p.m. on News Radio 1290 WNBF.