Imagine the perfect girl’s day: sun, spending time with the ladies and—running through the mud? That’s right. It’s going to be no boys allowed at the Dirty Girl Mud Run, going on all day at Green Meadow Farms on Saturday, May 18. Women of all ages and physical fitness are encouraged to take part, build connections and overcome the many obstacles that the event entails.
No, it’s not a race—the run isn’t even timed—but instead it is an “obstacle course designed to push you slightly out of your comfort zone, but only as far as you are comfortable going,” according to the Dirty Girl website. The run features 12 different obstacles (any of which participants are free to skip), including obstacles titled “Stairway to Heaven,” “Utopian tubes” “PMS (Pretty Muddy Stuff),” “Runaway Bride,” “H2OMG,” “Dirty Dancing” and more!
More than just a fun event designed to build camaraderie among participants, though, the Dirty Girl Mud Run also gives back. The run partners with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to support breast cancer research and survivors, and honor those who have fallen to the disease. Even with breast cancer survivors running free of registration costs, Dirty Girl donated over $250,000 of proceeds to the NBCF in 2012; this year they aim to double that amount.
After completing the race, participants will be treated to entertainment, refreshments (be sure to bring your IDs, ladies!) and, of course, plenty of cool merch to commemorate a new accomplishment. Dirty Girl also recommends bringing a supportive pair of shoes for the run, as well as a change of clothes, towel and cash for after the race, so you can “fill your belly or wet your whistle” if need be.
Women can run individually or as part of a team, which can be as small or as large as desired. Registration costs $85 per person and is open until April 29, after which date it will cost $100 to register. Registration includes a great time, a tee-shirt, charm and other goodies like music and drinks. A portion of all proceeds goes to the NBCF. For more information, please visit the Dirty Girl website.