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Spokane gets down and dirty at 2012 Dirty Dash

by Shawn Chitnis, Erin Powell &

Posted on June 16, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 7:39 PM

SPOKANE-- Spokane hit the ground running Saturday, when thousands turned out to run in the mud for the 2012 Dirty Dash.

People from this area love to compete and often take sports seriously. Turnout this year increased from 4,000 to 6,000 people. They woke up early to get down and dirty at Riverside State Park. The first wave of runners took off at 9:00 a.m., and more continued throughout the day.

“Every other race and every other event is serious, and this is completely opposite,” Dirty Dasher Devlin Dougherty said.

The national craze returned to the city after six months of planning.

Events like this are gaining popularity across the country. Muddy Buddy, for example, is a large race that takes place in cities on both coasts.

“I think this is getting a lot more popular. I heat a lot more people talking about it,” Race Director Matt Ward said.

The Dirty Dash moves on to other cities across the west until late September. The events raise money for a local charity that helps young people enjoy the outdoors.