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Dirty Girl Mud Run - What it's about and How to Prepare

Updated on May 20, 2016
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Tawnya is a freelance writer who loves spending time in the outdoors. She's competed in the Dirty Girl Run and other obstacle courses.

I Don't Recommend Signing Up for Dirty Girl Runs Anywhere

When I first wrote this article, I was flying high on my elation of just completing my first Dirty Girl Run in Cleveland, Ohio. In my early thirties and having just recovered from a fractured patella, I was pretty darn proud of myself. In fact, I begged all the ladies in my life to do it again with me the following year. Unfortunately, Dirty Girl as an entity began to fall apart and my race was almost cancelled. Although the company denies it, it appears that they fell on some hard times and got in trouble financially. In turn this lead to many disappointed runners when the company began cancelling races at the last minute. At first Dirty Girl Run tried to use a clause in the contract to avoid paying refunds, but were eventually forced to do it. However, runners who had already booked hotel rooms and paid for costumes were out of luck and had to eat the loss in monies. The Cleveland race went on in 2014, but it was nothing like the previous year. With all the controversy surrounding Dirty Girl at the time, the attitude at the race was lackluster. I thought Dirty Girl would be gone by now, but I just saw on their website that they have 15 races scheduled for next year. No race for Cleveland, but that's okay, I wouldn't trust my money with Dirty Girl anyway. Instead, if you want a fun race to do in the Cleveland area, check out The Color Run.

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I Completed the Dirty Girl Mud Run and so can You!

In July 2013, I ran in the Dirty Girl Mud Run Cleveland. In the weeks leading up to the run, I was a bit anxious. I was not in the best shape of my life, but I felt confident that I could complete the course, or at least give it the old college try. As the race began, it was pouring rain and I could not wear my glasses, so my confidence was at an all-time low. However, as we were getting ready to take off from the starting line, I tried to let go of my hesitations and just have fun. After all, that is what the Dirty Girl run is all about - having FUN.

Photo Credit: All the photos in this lens are MINE! The smiling muddy face in the picture above is me after I crossed the finish line at the Dirty Girl Mud Run Cleveland in July 2013.

What's the Dirty Girl Run? - Get my First-Hand Knowledge Here

Dirty Girl is Still in Business, but Fading Fast

If you are a female over the age of 14 and you do not know what the Dirty Girl Mud Run is, you should find out right away. With dozens of events all over the country, chances are there is a mud run near you. This 5K (3.1 mile) obstacle course is for women only and it is actually what it sounds like - a muddy good time. Each run consists of 12 different obstacles and each obstacle is extremely muddy. The race isn't timed and it is a team race, so you can take as long or as little as you would like. Throughout the race, there are several spectator spots where your fans can cheer you on. My team and I often stopped at these locations for team pictures. There are also water checkpoints and watchers who are there to help if something goes wrong.

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The Dirty Girl Run Obstacles

If you have never done the Dirty Girl Mud Run before, you may be a bit nervous about the obstacles. Now, do not get me wrong some of the Dirty Girl Run obstacles are a bit intimidating, but others were much easier than I had anticipated. Plus, once my adrenaline got pumping, I was ready for anything. Most of the obstacles were giant pink inflatables that were very easy to maneuver. The events that were not inflatable were either rope climbing events or muddy, muddy pits. All of the obstacles were extremely easy to handle and a ton of fun.

The little cutie cheering me and my team on is my little daughter. Now, she is an athlete. In fact, she's a competitive gymnast who takes sporting events very serious. It really made me feel good for her to see that I could complete these tasks, and her cheering for me the way I do when she competes was absolutely priceless.

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Challenging Myself and Feeling Accomplished

As I approached the final two events, I could see my husband, daughter, and family members cheering me on. I climbed the giant slide and slid down into a giant pile of mud at the end where my daughter ran up to give me a hug. After all the worry and anxiety I had over completing the obstacle course I could not believe how proud I was iof myself. There truly was something amazing about challenging myself and doing the best I could do. Not to mention the fact that I had a ton of fun in the meantime.

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My Tips for Completing the Dirty Girl Mud Run

As this was my first Dirty Girl Run, I did not really know what to expect, but now I do. In fact, I am heading my own team of dirty girls this year to complete the obstacle course once again. In an effort to help other women like myself prepare for this event, I have compiled the following tips:

  • Wear compression shorts or leggings under your shorts (I did not do this last year and let me just say I had mud in places that is not normal or comfortable)
  • Buy duct tape! (This helps your laces stay tied in the thick mud)
  • Choose tank tops over t-shirts (Last year I wore a t-shirt and it weighed about 100 lbs. by the time I was done)
  • Do create team costumes (My outfit last year was pretty boring when compared with others. This year, I am going all out)
  • Wear old panties and a bra that you do not mind throwing away (Trust me, you will never get the mud out of these undergarments)
  • Wear shoes that you do not care about, but shoes that you can run in (You can donate your shoes after the run, if you would like)
  • Be prepared to take a group shower with garden hoses and freezing cold water (Um, I was not prepared for this and it was awwwkkkwwwarrrrrddddd)
  • Bring a towel and a garbage bag (You will need the towel for the group shower and a garbage bag for your muddy clothes)
  • Encourage your friends and family to attend (My team had a ton of onlookers and it made it that more fun)
  • Enjoy your free beer and listen to the tunes (All ladies over 21 get a beer ticket and access to free tunes after their run)

Most importantly, have FUN. In my heat, there were some serious athletes who were running the course at record speeds and tackling the obstacles like they were training for the Olympics, but these serious competitors are not the norm. In fact, this event is not timed or competitive. For me, simply doing it and completing all the obstacles, even if it was extremely awkward at times, was my only goal, and I DID IT! Believe me, if I can do it, so can you.

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      Tawnya 3 years ago from NE Ohio

      @Nancy Hardin: Thank you so much, Nancy. It really meant a great deal to me to have her cheer me on as well.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I'll only be in the Dirty Girl Mud Race if they figure out a way for my medical mobility scooter to get through the mud! hahahaha! I really liked this lens, and I think the part I liked the best was your little girl cheering you on and meeting you at the finish line with a hug (even as dirty as you were!) Thanks for sharing a great lens, and I'm sharing it on Facebook.

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      Tawnya 3 years ago from NE Ohio

      @flycatcherrr: It really is a riot!

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      flycatcherrr 3 years ago

      That looks like a complete riot - I'd love to take part in something like that. With the compression shorts and the beer tickets, of course. ;)

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      Tawnya 3 years ago from NE Ohio

      @CherylsArt: It really is!

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Looks like a fun kind of race.

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      Dawn 3 years ago

      looks like fun

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      RestlessKnights 3 years ago

      Run dirty girl, run!

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      Tawnya 3 years ago from NE Ohio

      @lilde59: You will love it! It is challenging and fun. I think I laughed as much as I ran. :)

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      lilde59 3 years ago

      I am doing Dirty Girl Mud Run in August in WI. My first time. The tips you put on here helps me very much in what to wear. I am 55 yrs young & looking so forward to doing this....after all it's all about HAVING AS MUCH FUN AS POSSIBLE....I will....I promise!

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      Peter Badham 3 years ago from England

      Hahaha, that looks like a lot of fun, ermmm glad I'm a man though ;)

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This must really be fun.

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