The fifth annual Dirty Dash was an unqualified success. We had a great turnout, and everyone had a terrific time in support of a wonderful cause, raising over $2,500 for Special Olympics KW. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the event!
This is the least competitive of our timed events. Scenic, hilly trails and a few water crossings contributed to this; however, the most significant factor was the infamous mud pit just before the finish line. Even if you managed a good pace up to the last 100m, no one was getting through that mud quickly! This didn’t cause too much disappointment, though, as the mud pit is the defining feature of the race, and the main reason we were all out at Bechtel on an early Sunday morning. Most participants – and volunteers – thoroughly enjoyed their time in the mud!
There was an impressive variety of creative costumes at the Dirty Dash this year: ballerinas, business suits and a tuxedo morph suit to name a few, and most notably, the Incredibles and even a Santa Pur-suit! The enthusiasm shown by everyone before, during and after the mud was just terrific!
We capped off the day with our 1KM kid’s fun run (untimed), which is my favourite part of the day, personally. It looks like they managed to have some fun in the mud too! Top quotes from the 1k: “Dad, I’m stuck!” “I lost my shoes way back there!” “YESSS, I MADE IT!”
First place in the men’s race was Eddie Bauman, with a time of 16:47. In the women’s race, Emily Drake won for the second year in a row in 19:46.
Ken MacAlpine took first place in 32:24 for the men, while Annika Nicholson (the current leader in the Battle of Waterloo) was victorious in the women’s race with a time of 38:24.
EXTREME Dirty Dash
You asked for more mud, so we’re making it happen. Next weekend, July 13, is the first annual EXTREME Dirty Dash. If you had fun at the Dirty Dash, you’ll love this! It is a 4 mile team event with more mud, more river running and other obstacles.
Check back Monday and all week for lots of great photos from the day! They will all be uploaded right here.