It’s a mud fest at ORV

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Scot Pearson | The Vidette The second running of the Dirty Dash at the Straddleline ORV Park brought over 5,000 people to the local area for the June 22 event. Now the second busiest day, next to the Bear Festival, the park is looking at other like events to help bring in even more people that is a win-win for the park, Grays Harbor County and area business.
Scot Pearson | The Vidette No matter the age, everyone seemed to be having fun taking time out to get dirty. Ryder York, 6, of Tumwater, “prepares” for his turn at the Piglet Plunge, a special race at the end of the day set aside for the kids.
Scot Pearson | The Vidette Unwanted shoes are picked-up and cleaned. The shoes will find a new life as donations, or recycled materials. At this event it was estimated that close to 2,000 pairs of shoes will be sent out of the country.
Scot Pearson | The Vidette The first signs of mud start to appear as participants wade in and out of a little lake and through ankle deep puddles crawling through irrigation pipes.
Scot Pearson | The Vidette Gretchen and Mitchell McIntyre of Tumwater take a break from their military life and have a little fun in the mud. Mitchell, recently finished his time with the military, Gretchen just back from a tour in Afghanistan, decided this was one way to just cut loose and have some fun.
Scot Pearson | The Vidette At the end of the run, participants gather for a quick drink and talk about the course. Never has so many smiles been seen in one place.
Scot Pearson | The Vidette Super Heroes were on hand. Even with their “Special” powers they could not keep from getting a little muddy. Many participants wore costumes or theme shirts promoting their team or charity.
Scot Pearson | The Vidette Participants in the Dirty Dash held at the ORV park, ran through mud obstacles that included, a small lake, many puddles, irrigation tubes and here a slide that ran down the length of the hill side. The goal for the Dirty Dash, to have a fun day out getting dirty.

MCCLEARY — With an increase in participation, the second running of the Dirty Dash at Straddleline ORV Park brought out 5,250 people for a day of fun in the sun and MUD.

An increase from last year of an estimated 1,000 participants, the day was set for families and teams to come out and have a fun day running through the mud.

The Dirty Dash organization is based out of Salt Lake, Utah and brings their type of fun to towns that just want to have a bit of fun.

“We had hoped to do a two-day event with the numbers we had last year, but with so many other events going on this weekend, we could only see holding one event,” said Ryan Creighton, Dirty Dash Corporate Race Director.

With the emphasis on fun, the Dirty Dash sets themselves apart from other similar events by not timing the event or declaring a winner.

“Those races are more hard-core with timing chips, we do not care how fast you are, we just want you off the couch and out having fun. We want people to slide down a 100-foot slip-n-slide and get mud in their face, and have people come away saying I went out there and got mud in my face and had a good time, said Creighton.”

The course started and finished on the motocross track of the ORV Park setting out groups limited to 100 per wave at twenty minute intervals.

After their initial start and a few rolling hills, the course starts to get a little wet with a waist deep lake, a run out of the regular motocross course into the 4x4 area where a slide was positioned down a long hill. People also had to manage large irrigation pipes set in ankle deep water, wade through a mud bog where water pipes “Spit” at them, log obstacles and a rope climbing wall. In total about 15 obstacles were set around the course of the ORV and trails.

As people waited for their wave to be set out on the course, tug-of-war games were set up to get people ready for the real mud on the course. Even with a special race for the kids, the Piglet Plunge, a shortened one-mile course set as the final wave of the day, the course was enjoyed by all ages throughout the running of the event.

The Dash does more than give people an excuse to get outside and get a little dirty. One of the ancillary projects that is supported by events such as the Dirty Dash is EcoKicks. Following events such as the Dirty Dash, EcoKicks along with Whitehouse & Schapiro and the Max Cure Foundation use the unwanted shoes from the event, clean them and recycle them to non-profit organizations serving primary locations in Africa.

On any given weekend event the charity may collect upwards to 6000 pairs of shoes, which will find a new home. Any additional proceeds are used to continue the effort in finding a cure for pediatric cancer by the Max Cure Foundation.

Now in its fourth year, the Utah based Dirty Dash is looking for more locations to bring their style of fun to families.

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