By SILKE JAUCK
On September 15, I witnessed one of the funniest events I have ever seen.
During one of my neighborhood walks in Target Range, I happened to pass by the Equestrian Park. There was a huge crowd dressed in all sorts of outfits ranging from bridal dresses to a moose.
This was my first exposure to the “Dirty Dash.”
The picture on their pick-up truck said it all: It showed a runner evolving into a pig running through mud with the caption, “The evolution of running.”
The goal was to negotiate an obstacle course. The very entertaining announcer was not clear about the exact length of the course, it was clearly a minor detail.
The main point of the exercise was to have fun and get dirty. The runners got dirty from head to toe.
While crawling across one especially muddy area, one woman announced smiling: “This is just like a day at the spa.” The surrounding crowd burst out laughing, all of us wishing we could have been in this mud pit and joined the spectacle.
I heard that almost 3,500 people took part. I saw children running with their parents, birthday parties, and colleagues from work. Most teams had matching outfits and funny names like the “Muffin Tops” or the “Bud Mud Magnets.”
There were no prizes for people who finished first, fastest, or last. Since there was no need to hurry, people enjoyed their “Dirty Dash” so immensely that us spectators wished we were in the mud.
If you happen to be a friend of mine, don’t make any plans for next year’s Dirty Dash! You might find an invitation in your Christmas stocking as I have just added this to my bucket list.
Silke Jauck is a German native and Missoulian by choice. She and her family have packed and unpacked their suitcases and moving boxes in four continents and have finally settled in Missoula and called it home.
She lives with her husband, three daughters, and a dwarf rabbit in the Target Range neighborhood. Silke is the publisher of Friendship Book, a made-in-Montana keepsake and activity book for children ages 6-12. She also has a blog about life hacks at Silke Good Ideas, and you can visit her Make it Missoula blog archive.