Hurt in the Dirt marks five years

Tuesday , July 22, 2014 - 5:16 PM

The “Hurt in the Dirt” offroad duathlon reaches a milestone this weekend, and there’s still time to sign up to participate.

The 501(c)3 non-profit GOAL Foundation, which also organizes the Ogden Marathon, formed the mixed bike and run race five years ago, keeping in line with its goal to inspire locals to “get out and live.” It added two more events a couple years later, the Skirt in the Dirt 5k run for women and Dirt in the Dark nighttime 5k run, to open up more races to more participants. The courses take racers through existing hurdles like downed trees, streams, rocks and plenty of mud. 

“It’s all held at Fort Buenaventura, so there are a lot of natural obstacles,” said Caliresse Walton, the GOAL Foundation’s volunteer and festival manager. “Not a lot of people get to experience the fort, and it’s a little oasis in the middle of the city.”

The night run will be held on Friday, July 25 at dark. The remaining two races will be the morning of Saturday, July 26. Walton said newbies to the races shouldn’t be intimidated. 

“They are fun runs, you can walk, skip hop or run, and all ages can complete them,” she said. “It’s great to get all kinds of people out there so they have a chance to experience another thing Ogden has to offer.”

Saturday’s races will also include a free kids’ mini-duathlon starting at 9:30 a.m. Youngsters can show up to run a lap and bike a lap with their own bikes. Registration for adult races the day of the event is $45 for the Skirt in the Dirt and Dirt in the Dark and $65 for the Hurt in the Dirt duathlon. Youth up to age 16 can register for $15 to $20, depending on age and event. Registration for any of the races also means guaranteed entry to the Ogden Marathon, which is marking is 15th year anniversary next year. 

For those less inclined to run, Walton said the event makes a great spectator sport. 

“It’s a great day for the whole family to come out and enjoy nature,” she said. “Show up and you’ll have a good time.”

For more information, visit www.getoutandlive.org or call 801-399-1773. 

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