We managed to corner Dirty Dog Dash Coordinator, Dan Turcott, for a few minutes to get "the scoop" on Boyne Mountain's dirtiest event of the summer. He not only "unleashed" a few helpful training tips for the June 7 event, but he also gave up some great costume ideas. Here's what Dan has to say about the 5th Annual Dirty Dog Dash...
Q1: Do dogs actually participate in the event? Just kidding, we know that they don't, but we bet it would be entertaining if they did...
DT: Uh....no comment.
Q2: This is the fifth year for the Dirty Dog Dash event at Boyne Mountain, how does this year's course compare to the previous years?
DT: This year's event will feature an entirely new course start and finish, near the base of the Meadows chairlift at Boyne Mountain. The new location is near the Village, giving participants easy access to all the amenities the resort has to offer.
Q3: Oh cool, you moved the start/finish line. Where should participants park and what should they bring?
DT: There will be signage to assist participants in finding parking areas, but generally speaking, the parking areas will be near the base of the Meadows chairlift and in the Day Skier's Lot. As far as what they should bring, I suggest the following:
- a pair of running shoes for the race that you don't mind if they get really dirty
- a dry pair of shoes and socks for after the race
- a towel to wipe yourself down after the race
- OR just skip the change of clothes and "Wear Your Dirt With Pride" at the after-race-party
- And definitely don't forget your smile, a positive attitude and the determination to succeed
Q4: Aw, that's nice. In your opinion, what obstacle will offer the most challenge to competitors?
DT: There is one particular natural mud area that you'd better have your shoes tied tight before entering.
Q5: Yikes! Any training advice?
DT: Crawl through mud, run up and down some sandy slopes, practice in the back yard on your "slip and slide", crawl over log piles, and REPEAT until thoroughly exhausted.
Q6: Ok, tell us about the party....
DT: Charlie's Root Fusion will be performing live at the event "start/finish" area, both during and for a short time after the event. Charlie's unique blend of rock, blues, and soul has helped them to be recognized as one of Northern Michigan's top party bands. Of course, food and beverage will be available in the event area. In addition, Boyne Mountain will host a party Saturday evening in the Snowflake Lounge, where a slideshow of the day's Dirty Dog Dash will be showing and DJ Bill Da Cat will keep the party rolling into the wee hours of the night.
Q7: Is it too late to pre-register?
DT: Pre-registration for the Dirty Dog Dash is open through Sunday, June 1. Visit, DirtyDogDash.com to access pre-registration. On-site registration will be available, but costs a few more dollars. So why not save a few bucks and streamline the registration process by pre-registering by June 1.
Q8: What are some of the things people say upon completion of a Dirty Dog Dash?
DT: It goes a little something like this:
- "Where can I get a beer?"
- "I'm exhausted, in a good way"
- "I lost one of my shoes in the mud"
- "I have dirt and sand in places where it definitely should not be"
- "I am WOMAN, hear me ROAR!"
- "I Survived"
- "That course kicked my butt and I loved it"
Q9: Is there an award ceremony?
DT: Awards are scheduled for approximately a half hour after the final competitor crosses the finish line. In addition to awards for the top finishers in each division, prizes will be given for best costumes, most dirt-covered, and a number of other goofy categories that I cannot mention.
Q10: What is your favorite team costume from the past years?
DT: I saw a number of great costumes last year including:
- Wonder Woman
- one particular Hillbilly costume that I'm still not sure was a costume (yikes)
- Madonna in the 80's
- a guy who ran the race in a 70's leisure suit
- and of course a handful of cross-dressing dudes, that I'm still trying to erase the image from my mind