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.
For more information about the Dirty Dash look for thedirtydash.com.