Like the Race to Robie Creek, the Dirty Dash needs no explanation. Sure, it draws a handful of hardcore runners looking to pound out 10K on the runs at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area in the early heats. But this ain't the race for the weekend warriors.
This is the race your mama warned you about: the one that hands you a beer at the top of the hot hill to quench your thirst mid-race. The one that tears holes in your shorts when you get them stuck on some kind of wooden wall/ladder thing as you're climbing over it. The one that pushes mud into every pore and orifice of your body. The one that begs you to strip to your skivvies in a group shower after you're done being dirty.
Boise's Dirty Dash is so big this year organizers have added a second day. Registration is still open for races on Saturday, Aug. 25, as well as Sunday, Aug. 26, and late registration goes through Wednesday, Aug. 22. Waves start at 9 a.m. but several are already sold out.
Kids ages 2-12 can take the one-mile Piglet Plunge for $10, but an adult must run with the little ones.
Note to first-timers: don a pair of knee socks, lest your shins bear your battle scars for the remainder of the summer. One more hint: costumes are highly encouraged. Don't want to run? No worries, this is one race where spectating is as much a sport as mud swimming.