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 for purchase, and a 50/50 raffle at our blazin' post-race party. 

There are two group discount options: 1) A GROUP DISCOUNT occurs when 5 registrations are made together under a single payment. Each person will receive a $5 discount. The registrations must be confirmed with the same payment transaction.  The individuals may be associated with a new or existing team and it will not be necessary for all 5 persons to be associated with the same team. 2) CORPORATE DISCOUNT occurs when an entire wave of 30 is reserved as a single payment. During the Corporate Discount process, you will be invited to create a team name and team password which may be offered to friends, family or colleagues as appropriate to join using the same Corporate Team option along with the team name and password provided. The person who initially creates the team will be charged $1000 and those who join will not be charged an additional entry fee.  Three waves are reserved for this category:  9:00 am, 10:00 am and 11:00 am.

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 evenly among all three of our carefully chosen nonprofit organizations.  The top 3 fundraisers will win some awesome prizes like concert tickets, a dinner and overnight stay, gift certificates and more!  Individuals who raise $1,500 or more before race day will be eligible to receive a refund of their original entry fee. The race donation page will display a table of top fundraisers.

A team trophy will be awarded to The Fastest Co-ed Team of 5 or more that includes at least 2 males and 2 females, the fastest all-female team of 5 or more, and the fastest all-male team of 5 or more. Awards will be acknowledged after the event via email and social media, trophies will be distributed via the designated team captain.

What is the big attraction? Why is there a beard cult? What is so appealing about facial fur?  Which of our furry friends doesn't want to win a prize for their fantastic facial fur? Pose for a Best Beard Photo, we will post it on Facebook and you encourage your friends to like it throughout the day!  The blazin' beard with the most likes by 5:00 pm walks away with a pint glass and a free pass for two to any future Charity Challenge event.

Participants who, through all the mud and sweat, are still wearing their best attempt at a costume deserve some serious praise and adoration!  Costumed contestants will pose for a Best Costume Photo, we will post it on Facebook and you encourage your friends to like your photo throughout the day.  The costume with the most likes by 5:00 pm walks away with a wine glass and a free pass for two to any future Charity Challenge event.

When you register online you receive:  A free tee shirt for the first 200 to register online.  Medal for the first 250 to finish in the top 5 in their wave. A $2 discount toward clothing or merchandise will be given to any participant who brings a non-perishable food item, or a new, unopened personal hygiene product for donation on the day of the event  - soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, shaving cream, feminine products, diapers, wipes, moisturizing cream triple antibiotic, etc.  The first 100 to register online will get a free food ticket courtesy of On the Spot Catering.   Food will be available for purchase on Race Day inside the restaurant.  Alcohol is only available to those of legal drinking age. IDs will be carefully checked.

Your photo ID.
$10/car cash for parking or your printed online receipt for payment of parking fee. Don't want to pay for parking?  There will be a free shuttle running from a nearby field to Tamarack Lodge and back all day long, generously donated by Joshua's Limousine!
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.  

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 if you are among the first 200 to register online.
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 VERIFICATION OF A SIGNED, COMPLETED WAIVER!!  We will have copies on site, in a separate area, but to save time, have yours printed and handy. If you registered online, you already signed the waiver electronically. Online registration closes Thursday, July 18 at midnight!  Walk ons are welcome, but you are not guaranteed a tee shirt!
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!

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.  

Music, food, drinks, raffles and festivities kick off near the bandshell, at Tamarack Lodge, at approximately 9:30 am, 30 minutes after the first wave begins.

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 the Voluntown Town Hall 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 food and beverage choices for purchase. Here is another thing we can’t really sugar coat - there will be designated spectator areas, but only registered participants, event staff and approved media will be allowed on the actual race course. THIS IS A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT! 

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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