Up North: Hundred Sloshed Through Mud at 7th Annual Dirt Yard Dash

Updated: September 25, 2019 10:56 PM

Kicking off with the kids races, over 375 people sloshed through the mud.


"You feel like you're kind of like a pig or something," 14-year-old Namoi Parks joked.

They also hurled their bodies over, under and even inside obstacles on the grounds of the Vineyard Church as a part of the annual Dirt Yard Dash.

"It basically a couple mile run for children, young adults and adults too," explained volunteer Alberto Virnig.

Spread out throughout the 2.5 mile loop are numerous different man-made obstacles participants have swim through, climb over, and even crawl through. The most challenging part for most is not getting stuck in the mud.

"There were some parts in the trail where there were a bunch of roots in the mud," said 20-year-old Zoe Parks. "Your feet would get caught on them and you can't see them because they're under the mud, so that was probably the hardest part for me."

"Two miles just running is pretty easy, but with the obstacles and mud it's pretty hard," added Noah Herride.

Participants cat expect to get dirty along the course. Plus, they can't be afraid to try new obstacles. A new addition this year was a rope swing.

"There's a rope, you just kind of climb on hang and swing over a giant mud pit and land on the other side," Herride explained on how the new obstacle works.

The event once started as just a fun thing for college students to do once they returned to school. They still return in large groups every year, but since it's inception its grown into the perfect event for families.

"My experience with the event is it's very muddy. You have to run a lot and it's good exercise. It's a good workout and it's fun for everybody," added Virnig.

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