THE CHARITY CHALLENGE DOWN N' DIRTY DASH - INFORMATION
ARE YOU READY???  Conquer obstacles, crawl through mud, leap through fire, and run the trails in the of the race of your life!!  This 5K will absolutely appeal to your sense of adventure! NOT for the faint of heart - we will provide you with physical challenges while engaging you in a feel-good charitable endeavor. Through your participation in our event, thrill seekers will experience a boot camp style obstacle course and contribute to three vital community causes. After tackling the fierce 5K course, challengers will celebrate with music, contests, food, and a 50/50 raffle at our blazin' post-race party.  

WHAT DO YOU GET AT THE MUD RUN?
When you register online, you will receive a free tee shirt and a finisher medal.  A $2.00 discount coupon toward clothing or merchandise will be given to any participant who brings a non perishable food item, or new, unopened personal health/hygiene product for donation on the day of event (soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss, shaving cream, feminine products, diapers, wipes, moisturizing cream, triple antibiotic, etc.).  Burgers, dogs, and other “Food Truck Fare” will be available for purchase from On The Spot Catering on race day. *Alcohol is only available to those of legal drinking age. IDs will be carefully checked.  

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Your photo ID.
$10/car cash for parking or your printed online receipt for payment of parking fee.
Appropriate footwear is highly recommended! You will run this 5K IN THE MUD, that is guaranteed!!  Mud will be followed by obstacles, a leap through fire, and a trail run to the finish back at Tamarack Lodge!
Spending money for food, drink, apparel and merchandise.
A change of clothes if you think you will feel too icky in your wet muddy ones – a secure gear storage space will be made available on site.
Your online registration print out verifying your signature on the participant waiver.  We will have Waivers onsite, in a separate area, if you forget.  

WHERE DO I PICK UP MY RACE PACKET?
Packet pick-up will be made available throughout the day on site only, beginning one half hour prior to the first wave of the day. Packets will not be shipped to participants.
Your packet includes your race bib, corresponding timing chip, and t-shirt.
You’ll need your photo ID to pick up your packet as well as a signed and dated copy of your online participant registration form. NO ONE RECEIVES THEIR RACE PACKET WITHOUT AN ID AND A SIGNED, COMPLETED WAIVER!!  We will have copies on site, in a separate area, but to save time, have yours printed and handy.
Picking up for a friend? Race bibs and chips may not be picked up by anyone but the participant. In order to pick up a friend’s t-shirt, please bring a copy of your friend’s photo ID and a signed letter from your friend stating permission to pick up materials on his or her behalf – yes, it is kind of like the permission slip you needed in school, from your parent or guardian, to take a different bus home!

HOW DOES RACE TIMING WORK?
Chip timing is used to record your time. The chip acts as a miniature transponder and is marked with a unique identification number corresponding to your bib number. Your time is automatically recorded when crossing the start and finish line and will be available in the results area shortly after you cross the finish line. It is state of the art and real time - how cool!!
We highly recommend attaching the bib with your chip timer SECURELY to your clothing, to accurately record your incredible, record breaking time.  

WHAT CAN I WIN?
Top Fundraisers
The top 3 fundraisers will win awesome prizes like concert tickets, a dinner and overnight stay, gift certificates and more!  Create your own fundraising page and ask your family, friends and co-workers to donate to your Down n' Dirty Dash!! You can choose your charity or divide the contributions you collect evenly among all three of our chosen nonprofits!

Costume Craziness
Participants who, through all the mud & sweat are still wearing their best attempt at a costume at the end of the day, deserve some serious praise and adoration! That is where the audience comes in. Costumed contestants are called on stage where winners are selected by popular vote – so make sure all your biggest fans are in the audience so you receive the loudest cheers. The Challenger with the best costume will win a wine glass and a free registration to a future CharityChallenge event of their choice.

Best Beard
What is the big attraction? Why is there a sudden beard cult? What is so appealing about facial fur? Is it a throwback to our days as cavemen and women? Are men becoming ZZ Top wanna bees? Is it the Red Sox setting a trend? Did it continue after no shave November? Or maybe it is just the guys from Duck Dynasty who have become the new holders of the best beard awards in facial hair history!! Which of our furry friends at The Charity Challenge Down n' Dirty Dash doesn't want to win a prize for their fantastic facial fuzz? The Best Beard competition takes place at the end of the day, and the winner walks away with a pint glass and a free pass to any future CharityChallenge event.

WHEN DOES THE CHALLENGER AFTER-PARTY TAKE PLACE?
Music, food, drinks, raffles and festivities kick off at approximately 9:30 am, 30 minutes after the first wave begins.

ARE SPECTATORS PERMITTED ON SITE AT THE MUD RUN?
Entrance to TheCharityChallenge party area is open to the public and the fee for spectators and non-participants is $5 in addition to the $10/car parking fee (children 12 and under are free)  SO CARPOOL, BRING BLANKETS, LAWN CHAIRS AND 300 OF YOUR CLOSEST FRIENDS AND GET THERE!  Don't want to pay for parking?  There will be a shuttle running from Voluntown Elementary School to Tamarack Lodge and back all day long!  Cheering on Challengers and taking pictures is absolutely encouraged. HOWEVER, outside food and drink is prohibited.  Some seating and tables will be available for public use, along with many awesome food and beverage choices for purchase. Here is another thing we can’t really sugar coat - only registered participants, event staff and approved media will be allowed on the actual race course. THIS IS A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT SO, SEE YOU IN JULY!!! 

Where: Tamarack Lodge
21 Ten Rod Road, Voluntown, CT
When: Sunday, July 21, 2019
Check-in begins at 8:30 am
First Wave leaves start at 9:00 am
Last Wave leaves start at 4:30 pm​
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