Mud run will bring messy fun to Craig |

Mud run will bring messy fun to Craig

Nate Waggenspack

Sara Linsacum fills up the pits at Loudy-Simpson Park that will serve as part of the MoCo Dirty Dawg Dash 5k race and later as volleyball courts in a mud volleyball tournament Saturday. The bulk of setup for the race will take place Friday, with 10 obstacles planned for the 3-mile race.

It's almost time for the people of Craig to get down and dirty at Loudy-Simpson Park, which will be transformed into a much muddier and wetter obstacle course by the time the weekend gets here.

The MoCo Dirty Dawg Dash and Dig, a five-kilometer race/obstacle course, followed by a mud volleyball tournament, will take place in the park beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday The Dawg Dash, which gains its inspiration from the wide variety of lengthy mud runs popping up throughout the country — Warrior Dash, Tough Mudder and Spartan Race are three groups that do races nationwide — will feature 10 obstacles during its 3.1-mile distance through Loudy-Simpson.

The event has come a long way since it was proposed as a possible idea for the Moffat County Booster Club to sponsor in the spring.

"This year it was kind of last minute," said Sara Linsacum, who has spearheaded the project after doing the Steamboat Mad Mud Run in 2012 and wanting to bring a similar event to Craig. "We've had a lot of help from community members and businesses. Everybody out here at Loudy has been great."

Registration still is open for the race and the mud volleyball tournament, which Linsacum estimated about 70 people total have signed up for so far. She encouraged all residents to give the race a try.

"I think people probably have preconceived notions about what it is, but it's truly just a fun 5k," she said.

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The Dawg Dash will be similar to Tough Mudders and other well-known mud races in its team-oriented atmosphere and focus on just finishing rather than speed, but the Craig course is designed to be much simpler to complete — friendly to people of most fitness levels.

"It's really not going to be too hard," said Shannon Samuelson, also involved in the event's setup. "We encourage the whole community to come out and check it out."

Following the completion of the race will be a mud volleyball tournament, which also still is accepting team registrations. Players can expect to wade through high, muddy water while trying to execute proper bump-set-spike technique.

For those not planning on participating, there will be concessions near the volleyball pits throughout the day and several obstacles on the running course will be spectator-friendly, Linsacum said. There will be a costume contest rewarding the best-dressed group of runners in the race, the best individual and best volleyball team.

Linsacum hopes to make the all-day muddy mayhem an annual event, saying as people see what it is all about, she thinks they will become interested.

"I hope it grows, I think people don't quite know what to expect from it," she said. "You don't have to be a runner. This is more about fun and having a sense of accomplishment."

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MoCo Dirty Dawg Dash Schedule

8-8:30 a.m. Day-of registrations for both mud race and mud volleyball. Last chance to register for both.

9 a.m. First wave of runners in Dirty Dawg Dash

10 a.m. Second wave of runners in Dirty Dawg Dash

11 a.m. Captains report and check-in for mud volleyball

12 p.m. Mud volleyball tournament begins


Team — Dirty Dig (volleyball six to 10 members: $225

Team — Dawg Dash (5k obstacle run four to 10 members): $40 per person

Individual — Dawg Dash (5K obstacle run): $45

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