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The Mud Runs That Have Us Dying to Get Dirty

Written on September 20, 2012 at 1:16 pm , by

Mud's an exfoliant, right? (Photo courtesy of Dirty Girl Mud Run)

Written by Deanna Cioppa, editorial intern

Let’s be honest: in a world of cleansing, scrubbing, waxing and buffing, it can be completely satisfying to just get dirty sometimes. What makes it extra fantastic? Friends, fitness and a lot of laughter, of course. Oh, and mud, too.

While the mud run has a storied history in team sports, female-only mud runs are beginning to make their mark in the fitness world. Women across the country are getting dirty and challenging their physical limits for a good cause –many nationwide women’s mud runs are tied to a charitable cause, like benefiting children’s hospitals or leukemia and lymphoma research.  All races encourage teamwork to get to the finish (if your girl goes down, help her up!) and the obstacle courses included are designed to be fun, but also safe if you’re a newbie. Women-only races are becoming more about the social aspect of getting together with your friends and creating a team—often times in costume. It’s not only a race but one “healthy” step better than happy hour with the ladies. Of course, if you want to push your limits, you may be up for the challenge of the mental and physical anguish endured by participants in races like the Tough Mudder and Spartan Race (where women fully represent!).

In our October issue (check out page 36, on newsstands now!), we featured the Go Dirty Girl mud run, a 5K (3.1 miles) un-timed course full of water pits, hay bales and mud hills. But they’re not the only mud run out there: We tracked down three more 5K courses that have us looking at our calendars so we can get down and dirty, too. Check ‘em out below and maybe we’ll see you in the next mud pit! Read more