Dirty Dash time again folks – on Father’s Day this year! Last year Denver did not have this event so I had to trek all the way down to Colorado Springs to play. I was at the tail end of my 1st trimester of pregnancy (thus feeling pretty wiped) but still had a great time on the course.
I did everything but the slip n’ slide since you do that on your belly and the two rows of monkey bars because I did not want to pull unnecessarily on my abdominals. The best were the numerous mud pits!!! I used my pregnancy to my advantage to attack the guys in my party. I dunked my husband twice and our friend that went with us attacked my husband so I went after him too. Oh the hilarity of picking them up and submerging them then taking off knowing they would not do the same to me… because I was pregnant. It is almost bittersweet not having that tactical advantage again, almost.
Above are my husband on the left (he scared people doing the race in his boy short Speedos) and our good friend Matt on the right. They are “horn fighting” in this photo. Our group went as TEAM ‘SUP or Sparkle Unicorn Party thus the princess hat and unicorn horn on the hat. You totally are encouraged to make teams and wear costumes for this event. We took the super silly fun route but during our wave there was a Crossfit box that went as a team who did rounds of exercises while we had to wait as groups to do some of the obstacles. Team ‘SUP told jokes or took turns dunking each other in the mud while the Crossfitters would do rounds of push-ups and burpees. To each their own.
From experience I can say the Dirty Dash involves MUD, costume contests, alcohol (I abstained), laughter, running, obstacles, and plain old silliness. Unlike some other mud events you start off in a mud pit so expect your clothes and shoes to be weighed down from the start… thus wear as little as possible. Do not be scared of the obstacles because like I did last year with two of them you can opt out and not be hassled about it. My big advice with any mud run is don’t submerge your head with a belly flop or other shenanigan since mud can pack into your tear ducts and you do not want to have to hazard shower your face. I can sadly say this is from experience with an event I did in 2009.
So are you game to come out and play? It is Sunday June 16th (FATHER’S DAY) at the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield location. If you have kiddos make it a day for them too with the Piglet Plunge, a 1-mile course for ages 2-11 that they do accompanied by an adult. Bodhi Bear readers get 20% off Dirty Dash registration using the discount code BODHIBEAR.
Now for the giveaway, yay for Rafflecopter. I will be giving away two race entries for the Denver Dirty Dash event. Follow the prompts below to enter thru May 16th. Good luck. I will be at the race with my family to celebrate mud, laughter, and dad – hope to see you too.
I was given two race entries to this race in exchange for writing this post. All opinions are my own.