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Runnin’ Dirty – A Run Oregon review of the 2015 Dirty Dozen Adventure Challenge

imageIt may have been a warm and dry day on Saturday, April 18, but that didn’t stop 500+ runners from competing in Run Wild Adventures’ Dirty Dozen Adventure Challenge in Albany. With a stretch of dry weather preceding the event and a forecast of mid-70’s in store, we had some initial concerns that it would be a “dust run”, but we should not have worried as the day was about as muddy as they come.

Waves of about 100 started every 10 minutes and headed through the motocross field. The course itself had numerous creek crossings, and fire trucks were on site to add water/mud to the dirt course. This actually went beyond a typical “mud run”, as there was much more than just a single mud pit. No, no one needed to worry about how much mud and filth there would be.

imageThe course layout was interesting and definitely exhausting as a result. There were only a few obstacles right at the front of the course, which were set up in a way to keep us mud-free. Following this, there was a longer stretch of running before hitting the rest of the obstacles. This stretch was welcome to us, as it allowed us to conserve some energy before the final onslaught of obstacles at the end. I feel I would have been exhausted if the obstacles were more evenly spaced out. The fact that many were back-to-back was definitely tiring in itself, but we were able to realize that we needed to pace ourselves, have fun, and help and encourage others. At that point, it was not about time for us, but about the commodoire of the event.

The most difficult obstacles were trudging through a muddy creek UNDER a heavy net, rulling under wire in a long muddy straightaway, and one which found someone in my my crew actually hilariously falling off of the log obstacle. We were all very happy that we wore pants to cover our knees, as some of the mud sections really tested the durability of our patella coverings.

As someone who doesn’t really participate in obstacle runs, this was one that was a fantastic mix of fun and challenge. It was more no-frills than the huge national races that permeate the Pacific NW every summer, but the local flavor and energy really bring out an amazing feel to the Willamette Valley. Run Wild Adventures really knows how to put on an event.

Full results can be found here.

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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