Day 354: Recap: Dirty Girl Mud Run

Saturday, June 08, 2013

This may be the fastest I've ever put up a race recap ever.

I cannot hold in my opinions and thoughts on this race.

So, without wasting any more precious time.

The Facts:

Race: Dirty Girl 5K Mud Run
Cost: $50 - $80+
Weather: Overcast, 70+ Degrees
Start Time: 11AM

If you're the running type, or know someone who is, it is impossible to miss the latest trend: Mud Runs and Obstacle courses. They speak to people's inner daredevil, child, and adventurer. The idea is simple, throw a bunch of obstacles at people and plot them over a course. Some of these races are timed and highly competitive. The Dirty Girl Mud Run (DGMR for the sake of simplicity) is not.

DGMR bills itself as a female-only, untimed, obstacle course run by a for-profit company that makes cash donations to local breast cancer charities where races are held.

First and foremost while the race can be registered alone, I believe going it alone is an easy way to ruin it if you are even a little introverted. There are groups of girls everywhere, dressed in costumes and uniforms, and making lots of inside jokes. It felt like high school all over again.

Second, do not go to this intending to run or race in any form. Ever. At all. End of story.

The obstacles are challenging enough for someone who's lightly active; but, if you're someone who does any sort of crossfit routine or wants to 'feel' challenged - I don't think you're going to find it here. There are a few crawling obstacles, a few climbing obstacles, and a slide. The most fun ones in my opinion were the Barn Raiser (you climb up one side and bounce down the other) and then the final mud slide where you climb up one side and slide down into a giant mud pit.

There was one obstacle I walked around (the cargo net) because my fear of heights made it a bit too scary for me. Also, I refused to wait in line to slosh across a muddy pool. Seriously. The line was around 50 people when I came upon it and it had nearly tripled in size when I looked back again. Other inconveniences included rocks (lots of rocks. Like gravel...) in the crawling obstacles and an expensive race that feels very no-frills.

At the end of the race was a donation point for muddy shoes (unless you actually wanted to take your disgusting kicks home.) What I didn't think about was the fact that I didn't have my clean shoes in hand. I would have to walk about a quarter mile to get my gear. In bare feet. On gravel.

Then there was the hour wait to get my stuff.

I didn't bother washing up, I just got some grub and then rode the shuttle back to my car.

I was, in short, unimpressed with this race. I probably would have had more fun with a group or if I would have been able to run for more than a minute without coming up on a 20 person team that was walking. I didn't feel like I was able to challenge myself and I didn't feel like I was able to have fun on my own. In fairness, the girl who was nice enough to help me get registerred offered to let me join her group; but, frankly, I'm shy.

IF you run this you must:
1. Plan to get disgusting.
2. Not want to run a 5K
3. Be in a group or be extroverted
4. Bring clean shoes / flip flops
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    I'm dreaming of doing a tough mudder in the next year or so -- but it's blogs like this that remind me that the dream and the reality are often quite different. Thanks for the honest perspective.

    2323 days ago
    i've heard comments in the past about having to wait in long lines to get across the obstacles before, I thought it might just be part of living in the philly/baltimore/dc metro clusterf*ck of people... but now we know :)
    2324 days ago
    Sounds like this was more of a get-together than a race,
    but hey, you did it and now you know :)
    it's better than wondering.
    2324 days ago
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