EUGENE, Ore. — Thousands of people got down and dirty Saturday in Eugene for the third annual Dirty Dash.
There were over 5,000 people who ran the 5k at Mt. Pisgah. Some were experienced runners and some were first timers.
Things got dirty real quick for everyone.
“It was awesome,” said seven year old, Keian Ridgway, a runner from Portland.
“It was great. Very muddy, a little cold, but really fun,” said Damian Stutz, also a runner from Portland.
Thousands of people of all ages signed up to run the Dirty Dash, a 5k race full of obstacles, slides, and lots of mud.
“(The) team captain is seven years old,” said Irene Ridgway, a race contestant.
“Yeah, it was fun. I loved it when my dad grabbed me when I went down into the end mud pit. My dad picked me up and he just dunked me into the mud,” said Keian Ridgway.
“I just see everybody walking around here covered in mud and dirty and smiling, so I’m excited to experience that,” said first time runner, Ryan Stephenson from Salem.
“This is like a spa,” said Ridgway. “I mean, instead of $125, it was $35.”
Race directors say seeing enthusiastic runners on race day makes the endless planning worth it, and the motivation was especially needed after an unfortunate incident Friday.
“We were robbed Friday night. We’ve been really hurting but we were able to kind of replace all the stuff that was stolen for now and rent out most of it, so we made due,” said Ryan Creighton, Dirty Dash race director.
Runners say they’re supporting the dash all the way to the dirty end.
“That’s definitely awesome that they’re going to keep going and you know, not let any of us down and not let it hold them back. I think that’s great and I’m glad that we can help support that,” said Meagan Juencke, a runner from Salem.
“It was really fun doing the dirty dash. I loved it. It was great. I hope I can do it again. It was fun, really fun and everything else,” said Keian Ridgway.
The Dirty Dash holds 11 races a year; their next stop is Vancouver, WA on July 12.
The race director says they were able to get help from Lane County and Peterson Cat, after having air compressors, generators, and a radio stolen.