The 5K Dirty Dawg Dash and Dig took place at Loudy-Simpson Park Saturday morning, with two heats running through mud pits, sliding down a hill and practically swimming through the shallow waters of Yampa River.
“It was awesome,” said Shane Radnour, who took first place in the second heat, logging 25:15.
Roughly 60 runners participated in the two 5K runs. The first race started and 9 a.m. and the second took off at 10 a.m.
Participants had smiles on their faces as they trenched through muddy obstacles that were build specifically for the race by the Moffat County Booster Club and Sara Linsacum, who organized the project.
“We had a good turnout,” she said. “I think it’s great, and it’s going to build up.”
A slip and slide-type obstacle sent runners down a hill that slid into a big mud puddle. Some even got a mouthful of mud.
“I loved it. It was fun,” said Jackie Schellinger, who ran in the first heat with her friends from Sunset Elementary.
Their team was called the Dirty Blondes. One of the obstacles had people submerging into the shallow waters of the Yampa River.
“We knew there was an arctic plunge, but we didn’t know what it meant,” Schellinger said. “But after running, it felt pretty good.”
A mud-volleyball event took place after the 5k runs, with a total of six teams diving for the ball on a muddy field.
Each team had to pay $225 to participate in the messy volleyball games.
All proceeds go to the kids and youth activities through the Moffat County Booser Club.
It cost $45 to enter the 5k for an individual and $40 per person who formed a team of four or more. Linsacum thinks that they will log roughly $2,000 from the event after they pay for expenses.
“Thanks for all the help and volunteers,” she said.
Noelle Leavitt Riley can be reached at 970-875-1790 or firstname.lastname@example.org.