Best Competitions To Get Dirty In Seattle

April 13, 2013 6:00 AM

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Obstacles of water, mud, wood, fire and barbed wire create the challenging competitions for adventure-seeking participants in the greater Seattle area. Most are geared for all abilities, encourage team participation and donate a portion of the proceeds to charity. The events start in waves throughout the day, and have a great party upon finishing the event. It’s a good idea to bring a towel and an extra change of clothing. These events cater to participants 14 years and older (parental permission is needed for those under 18 years old). Spectators are welcome, with some events requiring an entrance fee.

Washington Dirty Girl Mud Run
Seattle, WA 98102
(800) 370-0179

Date: May 18, 2013

The Dirty Girl Mud Run holds events throughout the United States. A portion of each registration fee (2.5 percent) goes to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation. This is an all-woman event, geared for all fitness levels, and team participation is encouraged. The 3.1-mile course consists of 12 obstacles, such as PMS (pretty muddy stuff), H2OMG (water obstacle), Utopian Tubes and Dirty Dancing. After finishing the course, participants are welcome to enjoy the musical entertainment, food and/or shopping for Dirty Girl gear. Registrations for this event close on May 17, 2013.

Hell Run
Remlinger Farms
32610 N.E. 32nd St.
Carnation, WA 98014

Date: September 14, 2013

Hell Run is 3.1 miles of challenging obstacles, consisting of mud, water, walls and a tunnel. Obstacles have names like Mud Mayhem, Hell Wall and Rings of Fire. This is a team-oriented event that is self-timed. These events are held throughout the United States and part of the proceeds are donated to Livestrong. The after party includes beer, food and music. Registration for this event closes on September 8, 2013.

Warrior Dash
Kelley Farm
20021 Sumner-Buckley Highway
Bonney Lake, WA 98391
(312) 980-9983

Date: July 20, 2013

The Warrior Dash is a 5K filled with 17 challenging obstacles, including the Cliff Hanger, Great Warrior Wall, Mortimers Crossing and Storming Normandy. This event raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through participant sponsorship. These events are held across the United States, Australia and New Zealand. The race completion party starts 30 minutes after the first wave, and the awards ceremony takes place one hour after the final wave. There will be food, beer and music. Registration for this event closes on July 16, 2013.

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5K Foam Fest
Lake Sammamish State Park
2000 N.W. Sammamish Road
Issaquah Plateau, WA 98027

Date: August 3, 2013

The 5K Foam Fest is an adventure into dirty and clean obstacles. These 17 obstacles include Tire Torment, Bottomless Trench, Aqua Lily Pad and a 50-foot Slip-n-Slide. This event offers fun opportunities for spectators, which include vendor booths, foam pits and bounce houses. These are open to competitors upon completion of the race. The race completion party will consist of games, food and beer. Remember to bring photo ID for beer purchases, and registration continues until the time of the race.

Super Spartan
Seattle, WA 99336

Date: September 14, 2013

The Super Spartan is eight miles of challenging obstacles (20+) of water, mud, Hell on Earth, fire and barbed wire. The course is kept secret, and requires participants to “think” on the run. Athletes are encouraged to participate in teams. The first wave is the Elite group of 200 athletes, the second wave is the Confirmed and the last three waves are everyone else. Spectators may purchase tickets online or at the event (cash only), have access to watch some of the obstacles and participate in fitness challenges. The festival will have music, food, merchandise and beverages.

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Karen Ulvestad is a mother and professional writer/photographer, who lives in the greater Seattle area. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English Composition. Her background is in fitness, travel, photography and writing. She continually researches locations to visit, and/or entertainment opportunities for family outings and/or photo shoots. Her work can be found at

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