Getting a Little Dirty at the Dirty Dash 2011

Last week I wrote about how I was planning to attend one of the coolest fundraising events ever – the Dirty Dash.

And, just like I was hoping, it was one of the coolest things I have ever done.

Here’s a quick recap of the event.

I mentioned last week that I was still deciding whether to do the 4Km or 8Km run. It was either going to be for fun or for competition (it ended up being a little bit of both). Since I wasn’t doing the event by myself, I decided to stick with the 4Km and concentrate on the getting dirty part.

The weather was beautiful, although I guess this is one event where it didn’t really matter if it rained or not.

We got to the event early, got our time chips, loosened up and high-fived our way to the starting line.

Fellow participants (left to right): me, Ili G, Mally

Hundreds of people came out to support. The start line was packed and things got hectic as the gun went off. We jogged for the first bit as the crowd was still moving together.

After the first 1Km or so, my competitive juices started flowing and I took off. I had some ground to make up with a quarter of the race down and majority of the participants far ahead of me.

The trail was awesome. Most of it was within a large, dense forest. We were forced to jump over logs, trek through rivers, climb muddy slopes and weave between trees.

But then came the finish line – a 70 ft mud pit. I sprinted towards it and dove head first into the pit. I slid a few feet before sinking into the knee-deep mud. On such a hot day, this was the most refreshing feeling in the world. I wiped the mud from my eyes and started trekking towards the finish line. Strategically positioned ropes forced us to have to get low and crawl through portions – definitely not an easy task.

Literally crawling through the mud

After a grueling battle with the mud, I finally made my way across the finish line. It took a modest 22 minutes to do so (58th overall), but then again it could’ve been better had my intentions been different from the start.

Covered in dirt from head to toe, I watched as the two girls made their way through the pit. It was the most entertaining part of the day. I got some pretty cool pictures of the event up on my facebook page.

After the race we showered down in frigid water and got some free food. They even provided free massages (I definitely took advantage of that).

Celebrating the awesome finish!

The event ended up surpassing all of my expectations. It was a lot of fun and, most importantly, a lot of money was raised for a great cause (they raised roughly $8,000 for the special Olympics). I’m definitely looking forward to going back next year.

We often take life too seriously as we grow up. Crawling through the mud a few days ago reminded me of what it was like to be a kid again. There was not a single worry. There was no stress. Just me rolling through the mud.

If there’s anything to take away from this post it’s to relax and kick back a bit. It’s OK to act like a kid sometimes. After all, remember what being a fitness bloomer is all about – being fit so you can enjoy life.

Update: I was featured on CTV crawling through the mud. You can see the video and other pictures of the event on the Bloom to Fit facebook page!

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