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Dirty Dawg promises gobs of grimy weekend fun in Craig

Funds raised go toward Moffat County Booster Club

Participants in the 2013 Dirty Dawg Dash and Dig crawl through a wet trench as part of the 5K mud run and obstacle course. This year's event takes place Saturday morning at Loudy-Simpson Park.

The time has come to enjoy some good, clean fun — by getting absolutely filthy.

The Moffat County Booster Club's Dirty Dawg Dash and Dig returns to Craig on Saturday, offering the community a chance to get some exercise and spend time with friends, while getting all kinds of messy.

The day consists of two combined events, the Dawg Dash and the Dirty Dig, the former a 5K mud run and obstacle course spread across Loudy-Simpson Park and the latter a mud volleyball tournament at the location's volleyball pits.

Organizer Shannon Samuelson has been out to the site regularly this week to continually soak the spot and ensure there's no danger of participants staying unsoiled during the Dirty Dawg Dash and Dig.

"We hope to get everybody as muddy as possible," she said.

Members of the various school programs the Booster Club has supported — athletics, student council and FFA — will set up segments of the obstacle course, which includes a dip in icy water, hay bales for climbing, a slip ‘n' slide and more.

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"It's their way of giving back," Samuelson said.

People planning to attend can pre-register online at http://www.eventbrite.com or show up before the first heat for the 5K takes off at 9 a.m., whether they intend to jump in solo or as part of a larger group, with teams of six to 10 people making up the volleyball portion of the day.

Samuelson said people also are encouraged to get creative and come in costume to take home prizes.

Ages 10 or older are able to run in the 5K, and those joining the volleyball tournament must be at least 15. Anyone younger than 18 needs a parental signature.

A miniature obstacle course called Muddy Buddies also will be available for children younger than 10. Concessions including hamburgers, bratwursts and more will be for sale for everyone.

Last year, the Booster Club raised about $4,000 through the Dirty Dawg, and with any luck, it will exceed that number this time, said Lisa Lawton, the group's secretary-treasurer.

"I'm shooting for $5,000 this year," she said, adding the greater familiarity with the event hopefully will mean an even bigger turnout from locals.

Crowds from Steamboat Springs, Meeker and Rangely likely will attend, too.

"I think people like the challenge of the course," she said. "A lot of people who have done things like the Tough Mudder have said it gave them a good workout."

The spectacle of everyone getting down and dirty is only part of the enjoyment, though.

"This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and that's what we're looking forward to most is being able to help these kids out in the schools," Lawton said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.

If you go

What: Dirty Dawg Dash and Dig

When: 9 a.m. Saturday

Where: Loudy-Simpson Park

Details: The event, a fundraiser for Moffat County Booster Club, includes a 5K mud run obstacle course and a mud volleyball tournament that starts at 11:30 a.m. Registration is $35 per person for individuals and $200 for a team of six to 10 people. Ages 10 and older can run, while those 15 and older can join the volleyball tournament. Anyone younger than 18 needs a parent’s signature to participate. There also will be Muddy Buddies activities for younger children, as well as concessions. Registration takes place at 8 a.m. if not done in advance and includes a free T-shirt. For more information, call 970-701-9011.