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The "World's Muddiest Race" Made a Splash in Colorado Springs

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The "world's muddiest race" brought some filthy fun to Colorado Springs over Labor Day Weekend. The 5k showcases crazy costumes, obstacles and muddy goodness. It's easy to see this is no ultimate test of strength and stamina. It's not uncommon to see tutus (on both guys and gals), hot pink wigs, helmets and much more. From the ready the announcer yells, "if you ask me what your time was, I will slap you!" Fun is the ultimate goal for this day of dirty debauchery.

The first mud pit is an obvious target for tackling unsuspecting comrades and even strangers. It's like being six-years old after a heavy rain. The course wastes no time in making runners get low on the ground and smell the earthy goodness. Climb through and over a large tunnel tube, scale various heights of wooden walls and then cross the old school monkey bars, take two at a time to showoff. One of the highlights of the day is the 70-foot long custom built "slop-n-slide" followed by a few more mud pits.

A roll or jump over some hurdles and a run through various- sized tires leads to the race's famous beer chug (there's root beer too if you're not a fan of the brew or underage). Of course shaking the cans and spraying teammates is highly encouraged. Like a bootcamp straight from Survivor, entrants must duck under and hand crawl under pipes and the murky waters beneath. Display some upper arm strength on a rope wall and then navigate the dreaded water "land mines" that explode sprays of H2O while running through the pit. No course is complete without a cargo net and a dive into the final mud bath. We suggest a cannonball to complete the fun. Make sure to submerge your cleanest friends. A chilly rinse off with a group shower will provide a wake-up call for the day's events that include best costume and dirty dance competitions.The best part of it all? Proceeds from the event benefited The American Cancer Society's Climb for the Cure.

The Dirty Dash will be bringing its own brand of crazy back to Colorado Springs in 2013 so keep those pig snouts at the ready!

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