OGDEN -- Athletes felt the pain as they pushed their endurance to the limit Saturday during the third-annual Hurt in the Dirt trail run and bike race at Fort Buenaventura.
The event sponsored by the GOAL Foundation, based in Ogden, drew about 500 participants to three events.
"Our mission is to promote events that brand Ogden as an outdoor recreation mecca, said Jenny Scothern, executive director of GOAL.
The women-only 5K and 10K Skirt in the Dirt trail run kicked off the event Saturday morning.
The Hurt in the Dirt off-road dualathon took place late Saturday afternoon drawing hundreds of athletes. Athletes participated individually or as two-person teams in the race that included a 20-mile bike race and 6 1/2-mile trail run.
The twisting course, designed by Greg Scothern, Jenny Scothern's husband, took racers through sand, mud, a forest, over hills and logs as well as through the Weber River. The top time for completing the race is usually about 2 1/2 hours, Greg Scothern said.
The course is designed so that the running and biking portions take two laps to complete.
Several world-class athletes participated in Hurt in the Dirt including Jonathan Page, who was the USA Cycling National Cyclo-cross Champion in 2002, and Bill Demong, a Nordic combined skier and Olympic gold medalist in the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Numerous Utah racers also participated.
John Branson of Salt Lake said the race was his first competition and was challenging because of obstacles such as hills, mud and Weber River.
"It's hellish," he said. "But it's fun, though."
Jared Clark, a racer from Farr West, agreed that the course is grueling. "It's hard," he said.
The event also drew dozens of spectators who munched on snacks, stopped by vendor booths and observed athletes compete.
Clayton Thompson of Roy watched his son and daughter and their spouses participate in the race.
"It's very well-organized," he said, as racers made their away around the track.
Following the Hurt in the Dirt race, a Dirt in the Dark 10K trail run was held in which participants were equipped with head lamps to complete the course.