NEAR EUGENE, Ore. — Organizers of the Dirty Dash said the race will go on, even though someone stole thousands of dollars worth of equipment from the race course. Runners shouldn’t notice a difference Saturday because most of the items taken are used behind the scenes.
Saturday’s the last Dirty Dash at Mt. Pisgah, after the Lane County Board suspended contracts with it and other large events at Buford Park starting in 2015. Organizers said it hasn’t been easy to set up Friday after someone stole their equipment from a locked trailer Thursday night.
When race staff got to the course Friday morning they found the lock on their trailer was broken and an ATV, three generators, bicycle, and nearly 30 radios were gone.
Organizers said this won’t stop the race, but it’s making set up a bit more difficult. “So if anyone knows of anyone that store it there’s the Dirty Dash logo on our four wheeler, bikes, everything so there’s a cash reward if we get our equipment back,” said Ryan Creighton, race director.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office said event organizers filled out a police report and because these items are valued at more than $20,000 they will investigate the theft. It’s characterized as theft one, which is a felony crime.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Lane County Sheriff’s Office.