It took Brad Pitt years in the Montana wilderness filming A River Runs Through It and Legends of the Fall to turn him into the chiseled roughneck capable of harder core roles in Fight Club, Troy, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. There, it took him a lifetime to change from an elderly baby in Huggies to a baby-faced senior citizen in Depends.
Regardless of your choice of undergarments, it’ll only take you one running of The Dirty Dash to convert from boy to man and man to swine.
The Dirty Dash is coming to town and making enough mud to turn the Clark Fork brown. It’s time to drop whatever inhibitions you may have left as you and your fellow Grizzly-lovers race through mud and obstacles and slide down one of the largest slip n’ slides in the country. We would say that your mother would not approve, but in Missoula, chances are she will be running right next to you.
Missoulians’ relish getting dirty and can cowboy up to any challenge be it man, beast, or beastly man. You wear it on your bloodstained, trout-smelling, beer-soaked sleeves. You live in a place where you are more likely to be assaulted by a bear than a person, and you like it that way. A place where fishing is considered religion, and a cold Moose Drool at Charlie B's is at the top of the agenda at your weekly staff meeting.
Other races give you the chance to test your mettle; now you’ve got a stage to wallow in a mud-hole. If getting dirty and having a beer with the rest of Missoula doesn’t sound like a good idea to you, you may be in the wrong city. Hell, you might be in the wrong state. Jeez man, are you American?
Race Day Info
Course Length: About 3.1 miles
Packet Pickup will take place on Thursday September 5th at 2pm to 7pm and Friday September 6th at 11am to 7pm. Location details coming soon.
Parking for The Dirty Dash will be at lots at the Equestrian Park. Parking attendants will direct you where to park. Plan on arriving at least 45 minutes to 1 hour early to avoid parking or traffic issues and for as much as you love gas prices, we strongly recommend CARPOOLING—PLEASE, PLEASE CARPOOL.
AND BRING YOUR ID. For those over 21 interested in making the trail a bit harder to follow, we’ve got the Beer Chug Obstacle (or root beer for those who don’t want to drink or who are under 21—either way, the foam goes straight to your brain).
HOWEVER, in order to get a beer when you get to the obstacle, you ABSOLUTELY MUST get a wristband at the event before your wave starts by showing your ID. No ID = No Wristband = No Beer.
We don’t want you to destroy your latest, greatest electronic devices during the race so we’ll have photographers from Flo-Foto present taking pictures throughout the race as well as at the finish line. Photos will be available a couple days after the race for pretty ‘durn’ affordable prices and are searchable by bib number or last name. Click HERE to go to their site.
If you want to go it alone, we recommend a good buddy trotting along side you, a zip lock bag to keep your camera safe and mud free, and slow shutter speeds.
Let’s be frank: your shoes are going to be a muddy mess after the race and if you want to do some good rather than taking hours with a toothbrush to clean them off, don’t even bother cleaning them one bit cuz our charities will be accepting shoe donations by the showers. All of these shoes will be used to help the less fortunate in the US and in developing countries.
The Piglet Plunge will be the highlight of your child's summer, their storied running careers and potentially their existence to this point. They must be over age 2 and under age 12 to run in the kids' race and you’ve got to accompany them the whole way.
The Piglet Plunge will be about 1 mile and will include some of the best obstacles to ensure a thoroughly muddy child: the Slop n' Slide, the Hog Wash and the Pig Sty. All children must be respectful of other children, pushing or splashing will result in being removed from the kids' race area for the day and subject to grounding at their parents’ discretion.
You’ll need to sign a waiver for them before they receive a sweet Dirty Dash Tattoo (temporary of course) to show that they can participate on race day. The Piglet Plunge will begin at 2:00 pm (80 minutes after the final adult wave starts).
Deadlines & Pricing
|Early Bird Reg.
|If it ain't Sold Out
|09:00 AM, Saturday, September 7th
|09:20 AM, Saturday, September 7th
|09:40 AM, Saturday, September 7th
|10:00 AM, Saturday, September 7th
||Open (159 left)
|10:20 AM, Saturday, September 7th
|10:40 AM, Saturday, September 7th
|11:00 AM, Saturday, September 7th
||Open (126 left)
|11:20 AM, Saturday, September 7th
|11:40 AM, Saturday, September 7th
|12:00 PM, Saturday, September 7th
||Open (127 left)
|12:20 PM, Saturday, September 7th
|12:40 PM, Saturday, September 7th
Be a Volunteer
If the most you can do is muster the nerve to dip a toe in the mud pit, we'll gladly take you as a volunteer and ease you into this dirty lifestyle nice and slow. Please fill out the form below with any additional comments that we may need to know and we'll get you front row seats to the slopshow. We'll also hook you up with the most coveted volunteer shirt around. Please keep in mind that we have several volunteer shifts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of Race week...with some on Sunday when we have a Sunday race. Oh, and we love kids, but we would like volunteers 14 and over please.
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CASA volunteers ensure that the rights of abused and neglected children are being protected. A child who has a CASA volunteer is half as likely to languish in the foster care system. Most importantly, CASA gives voice to the child in court.
CASA of Missoula has 85 volunteers serving 266 children. However, 2012 is a record year for the number of cases referred in Missoula County – nearly double the need in 2010.
CASA staff recruit, train, and supervise volunteers to be advocates who provide individualized attention to each child in need. These volunteers are from a variety of ages and life experiences. We have college students, retired teachers, stay at home moms, and more. The common thread is that they want to make a difference and help improve the life of a child.
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