Run the Dirty Girl Mud Run
The latest crazy in adventure racing involves mapping an off terrain course, throw in some obstacles, add water, stir and bam, a Mud Run is born. This is one of the fastest growing segments in our latest running boom.
One of my high school cross country meets was held in a freshly plowed field. I’m not sure how they managed to find 3.1 miles of solid ground to map the course. I’m also not sure why they didn’t cancel the meet after two days of rain. At the beginning, we were tying to avoid the mud. Eventually, our team forgot we were racing, and just ran from pit to pit, jumping and sloshing as we went. Our coach wasn’t happy, but it was awesome!
According to MudRunningGuide.com and mudandadventure.com, there are close to 20 mud and obstacle based runs in Minnesota this summer. These races are designed to test your physical and mental toughness in ways that ordinary road racing doesn’t. In 2011, it’s estimated that over 1 million people completed one of these mud and obstacles races. This weekend is Tough Mudder – the self proclaimed toughest of them all.
If you’re a woman, (55% of all road race finishers are women), you might be particularly interested in a race that’s geared just for you. It’s called the Dirty Girl Mud Run, and it’s very dirty and only for girls.
What is the Dirty Girl 5k?
Dirty Girl is the original women-only national mud run series. It’s touring in 52 cities this summer and stopping by Running Aces Harness Park near Forest Lake on August 3. In a nut shell, it’s an untimed 5k obstacle course filled with mud. It encourages women of all ages and athletic abilities.
Mallory, a race representative says, “Besides being a fantastic way to bond with friends and family, Dirty Girl brings so many heartwarming stories about women of all ages to the forefront. Here are just a few:”
- At least 1 cancer survivor runs in every wave of a Dirty Girl run; this could mean hundreds of proud survivors at any one event. Survivors always run free of charge.
- Army wives frequently run in teams with ladies whose husbands are all stationed in the same place; their camaraderie is uplifting and inspiring.
- The average participant age is 38, but the oldest Dirty Girls have been in their eighties.
Dirty Girl is definitely focused on reaching a female audience. With obstacle names like the “Utopian Tubes” tunnel crawl or “PMS (Pretty Muddy Stuff)” mud pit, it’s obviously a party run for women. Forming teams is encouraged, and so are crazy team uniforms.
More Than Mud
Dirty Girl is more than just a dirty race. They believe in “providing women a rigorous and empowering environment to achieve new levels in life‐confidence while having fun and bonding with loved ones. Dirty Girl makes it possible for women to easily engage with one another while overcoming physical challenges and promoting an active lifestyle.”
If you’d like to signup, use the discount code DGTWINBLOGGUEST for 20% off your registration fee.