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Gypsum’s Dirty Dozen Mud Run returns this weekend

Runners tackle and obstacle during Gypsum's Dirty Dozen race. Organizers plan a harder, muddier course for this year's event, planned Saturday, July 9.

GYPSUM — It's time for some good, old school, dirty fun in Gypsum.

Registration is under way for the fifth annual Dirty Dozen Mud Run. The muddy obstacle course race is designed for the whole family and set for Saturday.

Kyle Green, of Green Excavating Company, has been involved in trail construction for all five years. He said the basic race course will remain the same to provide a consistent 5K length, but he promised extra dirty conditions for this year's event.

"We are just going to try to make everything harder and muddier," said Green. He promised deeper mud pits, steeper hills and more challenging obstacles.

"I don't want to give away all the secrets. We just want it to be the biggest and muddiest event yet," said Green.

The Dirty Dozen isn't for the faint of heart or anyone who doesn't enjoy getting filthy.

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Lucas Rivera, the race organizer from Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District, noted the Dirty Dozen is designed to test participants' ability to run, jump and climb their way through the challenging course.

"As a competitor, you have to conquer whatever obstacles get in your way and test your all around toughness, strength, stamina, fitness and mental determination," he said.

Ready, set, register

This year's race theme is "Olympic" in honor of the upcoming Rio de Janeiro games. "We want to see lots of red, white and blue out there and there will be a prize for the best costume," said Rivera.

The adult 5K course starts near the Ridley's parking lot behind Kum & Go. The kids-only race, for ages 12 and younger, runs a shorter route and starts at the Eagle Valley High School track. Everyone finishes the race at the Lundgren Theater Park

The race schedule is as follows:

10 a.m. — First adult heat 5K course

10:30 a.m. — Second adult heat 5K course

11 a.m. — Third adult heat 5K course

11:30 a.m. — Fourth adult heat 5K course

Noon — Kids-only heat

The registration fee is $50 for adults and $20 for kids ages 5 to 12. Participants will receive an event T-shirt. Registration is open now at all Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District facilities and at the recreation district website — http://www.wecmrd.org. When registering, participants can select their preferred heat.

While he is busy building the race course leading up to the event, Green promised he will be out there running the race on Saturday.

"I have so much fun making the course, I want to make sure people are having fun running it," said Green. "Hopefully you are covered with mud with a huge smile on your face when you cross the finish line."

For additional information, email lrivera@wecmrd.org