The Dirty Dash
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Start Date/Time July 9, 2017 @ 10:00 am
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Ran the 4km dirty dash on Saturday. The race was well organized with an interesting course and very helpful volunteers.
There were a few things that might be done to make things a bit smoother though. Ideally it would be great to start the race in heats, even if the 4km started a bit earlier (there weren't too many 8km runners finishing when we started at 10 so overlap would of been minimal). The course is very very narrow at some points and it was difficult to impossible to pass participants that chose to slow down or walk. Especially on the muddy/grassy uphill’s. Reducing the overall flow of runners might help these bottle necks.
The mud is very very muddy. I'm not sure if it was deeper this year but based on video from 2012 I did not expect to get as stuck as I did. In hindsight I would remove my shoes and swum through it instead of trying to run over it.
Overall a nice event, fun/varied course and well organized. The river crossing was a blessing in that heat!!
Waterloo Running Series put on another great race. This was only my 2nd race under this banner but from their website to their race-day execution, you can tell it's all done with professional planning.
1) Parking - no issues, great volunteers directing you to the most open lot upon arrival
2) Race Start - the 4k race started on time, one critique, get a louder megaphone to announce it, but in all fairness - 10am means 10am (my fault)
3) Course - all marked out at each km, a bit narrow at times, but it was a trail race so no complaining, hills were plentiful and tough
4) Volunteers - awesome, positive, helpful. The ones helping people across the creek were especially great.
5) Finish - the mud pit is more tough than you could ever imagine, huge secret to success is to go down onto all fours for weight dispersing
Unless you were a top finisher, line-ups were long for creek crossings or to be hosed off from the mud but when you see the vast amount of participant skill levels, you realize this is not a hardcore runners' race.
Expect at least 1 minute per km extra added to your timing/ability.
Given the large amount of participants (459), staggering the start would have been a great idea (it is chip timed after all) as the trail narrowed to 6 feet wide in the first 500 metres. My personal recommendation is if you're a fairly serious runner, suck it up and choose the 8k, and leave the 4k for the people looking for some fun.
Overall, great race as expected.