Up North: Playing in the Mud is Encouraged at the Dirt Yard Dash

September 27, 2017 10:49 PM

The Dirt Yard Dash in Duluth is like a big kid's playground except for this time, playing in the mud is encouraged.

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"It's the muddies thing you'll ever do. You're going to be hip deep in the mud if not higher up and it's just the best time," said Andrew Weisz.

The 5K trek around the Duluth Vineyard Church requires participants to climb, crawl, and jump through 26 obstacles and is guaranteed to have you cover in mud from head-to-toe. In some spots of the course it can literally leave you stuck in the mud.

"It was a lot more fun than last year only because I got a lot more muddy this year and I got stuck like five times," said Kerensa Goman.

Around 500 participants races in this year's event simply because they love the mud and because it provides a challenge unlike any other in Duluth.

"We know that Duluth is a place with tons of runners and people who love the outdoors," said Katie Frehner a member of the Event Staff for the Dirt Yard Dash. "We want a place where they can come and have fun and we just really believe that God wants us to have fun. He's made our bodies to do awesome things like jump over walls and dive through mud pits, so we just want to celebrate and have a good time with our community."

All proceeds from the race to were donated to the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, a local nonprofit that works to feed the hungry.



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