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Race Preview: Dirty Dozen 5K Adventure Challenge in Albany

dirty_dozen_new_logoThe 5K is a standard distance, five thousand meters or three point one miles. However, a race name that includes the words 'dirty', 'adventure', and 'challenge', promises to be anything but the standard run. Such is the case with this race, set in Albany, at the motorsports park.  The gun goes off on April 19th, with the first of five waves starting at nine am. All are capped at 100 participants, with the first one designated as a competitive heat.

The ‘dozen’ part of the name refers to the twelve artificial obstacles located along the course. A change of clothes is highly recommended, as there are several water crossings and plenty of mud. It traverses the motocross track as well as trails in a wooded area. There will be awards for the top three overall male and female finishers as well as age group winners. A portion of the proceeds is going to the fire department as well as the Elementary Schools. There is also free camping on site, on a first come first serve basis.

Here is a list of the obstacles, taken from the event website:

1. 25ft square of tires to navigate through
2. 2ft deep x 20ft long water crossing with muddy banks at each end
3. Log crossing over a creek
4. Huge Mud Bog over knee deep
5. 5 walls ranging from 4-6ft high to climb
6. 20ft set of monkey bars over a mud pit
7. Cargo Net climb up to a platform then off into a huge pile of wood chips
8. Sets of logs to climb over and under leading up to another mud pit followed by 2 large plastic tubes set at a 45deg angle
9. 5 sets of huge tractor tires to crawl through
10. Huge storage container with different options to climb up and over
11. 50 ft crawl in mud on hands and knees under ropes and wire
12. Big water tank climb up and over

It is noted that the event is for all ages, and it is possible to circumnavigate the obstacle if it proves to challenging. It sounds like a lot of very muddy fun, the true challenge might be deciding which effort level to approach it with. Go all out and try to place, or have fun and just get ridiculously muddy. There is a month to decide, so head over to the official site for more info or register.

Admin note: This race is put on by Run Wild Adventures, the same group that put on the Silver Falls Marathon  & Half. The cost is $35 or $50 DOR.

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