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Dirty Dog Dash

Dirty Dog Dash

The dirtiest dash of the summer is coming to your favorite mountain resort in T-minus 11 days, and to say we're excited would be an understatement. Now in its 8th year, this muddy run has challenged many racers with rugged terrain and unique obstacles. But at that finish line, racers find more than just mud-soaked satisfaction. The fun continues with the after party featuring live music, costume contests, and of course - beer! At a wild and crazy fun race like Dirty Dog Dash, everyone is a winner.

In anticipation of this sweet event, we sat down with race planner, Dan Turcott. We got all the details about the race and his answers have us even more excited to get down and dirty with this year's Dirty Dog Dash.

For those of us who've never run the Dirty Dog Dash, what's it like?

It's a lot of mud but even more fun. It's a great opportunity to get with some of your besties and enjoy a challenge, live music a few cold ones afterwards. It's a 5k obstacle course run. The start is at the top of the Hemlock slope at Boyne Mountain and participants will travel around the slopes of the resort encountering challenges as they go along.The course will finish in the Boyne Mountain Resort Village where racers will be greeted by live music from the Chris Calleja Band and a cold beverage - did I already mention that there's cold beer? 

What are some of the prizes you can win at this year's race?

Of course, all participants who finish the course receive a "Survivor Dog Tag" and we recognize the top three 4 person (Litter) and 10 person (Pack) teams who all receive medals and a Boyne Gift Card for their monumental effort. We also award medals and Boyne Gift Cards to the top three male and female finishers in the following divisions, Pups: 35 and younger Strays: 36-49 Still Barking: 50 and beyond Beyond the awards we also give custom DDD dog collars out to participants for things such as "Dirtiest Dog", "Spirit of the Dog", "Best Team Costumes", "Dirtiest Team Name I Can Still Announce over a Microphone" and a few others as necessary.

What qualities make for a good Dirty Dog Dasher?

First and foremost, a positive attitude with the willingness to wear a smile no matter how hard you are panting. The Dirty Dog Dash is a very recreational race and the majority of participants don't even care about their time. Of course, it's a challenge and a little training certainly helps but getting your butt kicked never felt so good! 

What's the coolest feature on the course this year?

With feature names like "Natural Disaster," "Hay'tin It," "Hurricane Alley," and "Grice's Glacier," it's hard to pick just one but year in, year out the "Slip 'n Slide" is always a racer favorite.

How is the course made?

The Area Manager, Randall Sutton, along with the Boyne Maintenance Crew start weeks in advance with course routing and feature concepts. We have a few favorite features that make an appearance from year to year but we always make sure to add few new surprises and vary the course routing as well.  Wait, let me back up, our prep started right after we closed the slopes for skiing when we threw a huge tarp over a 30' deep pile of snow preserving it for the Dirty Dog Dash. Though the pile of snow isn't 30' deep any longer, it's going to make it to this years' event and will be ready to challenge participants with an icy shock. 

What's your favorite part about the Dash?

The favorite part for me is seeing all the crazy costumes that participants dress up in, we've had Star Wars themed teams, The Village People, Superheroes and I personally think a tutu can make any great costume even better.  

Well there you have it, folks. If this doesn't get you hyped to dash through some of the most challenging terrain, then nothing will. If you're an adventurer and thrill seeker looking for your next big event, the Dirty Dog Dash is definitely for you.

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