June 01, 2014
Indian Hills Farm
http://www.mudrunguide.com/event/chicago-illinois-merrell-dirty-obstacle-race-2014/ Indian Hills Farm, 16N503 Powers Road, Gilberts, IL, United States Down and Dirty Obstacle Race [email protected] use-title true MM/DD/YYYY
10K START #1- 8:00 AM
5K START #1- 9:00 AM
5K START #2- 9:30 AM
5K START #3- 10:00 AM
Venue:Indian Hills Farm
16N503 Powers Road
Gilberts, IL, United States - View Map
5K and 10K Options
Organizer:Down and Dirty Obstacle Race The Down & Dirty Obstacle Race presented by Subaru is an obstacle-climbing, trail-blasting race that will push you to your limits. Two courses, 20+ obstacles, one true challenge. Athletes will experience an action packed day with family and friends, a post race meal, sponsor expo, and more while giving back to our military heroes in support of Operation Gratitude. Be sure to check out our Adventure Kids series for children ages 4-13!
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Registration:Visit Event Website
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|5K Cost||10K Cost||Until|
|$50||$60||February 16th, 2014|
|$55||$65||March 23rd, 2014|
|$60||$70||May 11th, 2014|
|$65||$75||May 25th, 2014|
|$70||$80||May 29th, 2014 (Online Registration Closes)|
|$75||$85||Race Day Registration (if available)|
Ticket to VIP Parking available for $20/person
All entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable to other athletes.
|Participants who are active military personnel or public safety officers can race in the Military and Public Safety Division (non age specific). Contact us at [email protected] for a special military and public service discount!|
What You Get:
- Merrell Technical Tee
- Dog-tag finisher medal
- Bottle of water at the finish
- Free bag check
- Other goodies from our sponsors including Paul Mitchell shampoo
The Merrell Down & Dirty Obstacle Race presented by Subaru is an obstacle-climbing, trail-blasting race that will push you to your limits. Two courses, 20+ obstacles, one true challenge.
5K Course Description
Mile 1 - The first mile of the race is flat and fast. Runners will race through a large field and across a bridge over the 91 Highway before turning down a dirt trail and heading deep into the farm.
Mile 2 - The course explores all that the farm has to offer taking runners up and down rolling hills, around ponds and through horse pastures.
Mile 3 - Runners head back down the flat dirt path, over the bridge, down Powers road and into the main event field where it is time to get MUDDY!
10K Course Description
Mile 1 - The first mile of the race is flat and fast. Runners will race up the ramp of the large barn and out the back side and then carry on through a large field and across a bridge over the 91 Highway before turning down a dirt trail and heading deep into the farm.
Mile 2 - 10Ker’s will continue on with rolling hills before they split from the 5K course just past the first farm house.
Mile 3 - The course follows the perimeter of the Hay fields. This is a good time to kick in the after burners and make up some distance.
Mile 4 - After running through a small stream racers will continue through the Hay fields before coming upon a second farm house and pond.
Mile 5 - The 10K course meets up with the 5K course just in time to explore all that the farm has to offer, looping around ponds, past barns and farm houses and through a hose pasture.
Mile 6 - Runners head back down the flat dirt path, over the bridge, down Powers Road and into the main event field where it is time to get MUDDY!
There will be an aid station about every mile; 2 aid stations on the 5K and 5 aid stations on the 10K.
Plus, every racer will receive a bottle of water at the finish line along with athlete refreshments.
Awards will be given to the top 3 finishers in each division. The top 3 finishers overall will be recognized as well. The divisions are as follows:
Male/Female Merrell Barefoot Division Male/Female Military & Public Safety Division Male/Female Age Groups (Multiple Divisions)
Friends and family are more than welcome to come out and watch the race at no charge. Please check the “Parking” section for each race to check to see the parking fees so your friends and family can be prepared on race day.
There are a variety of obstacles located near the main site so you can watch your friends and family get Down & Dirty right near by. The best place to come spectate the race and take pictures will be at the mud pit! The mud pit will be just before the finish line in the main expo site so there will also be plenty of other things to do and check out!
Parking varies by event.
There will be a post-race expo at the event! Sponsors and vendors will be on site selling gear, offering fitness advice and will feature interactive displays and free samples! Some of our event sponsors include Merrell, Subaru, Larabar, and Paul Mitchell!
The Merrell Down & Dirty National Mud and Obstacle Series presented by Subaru is proud to support Operation Gratitude! Operation Gratitude sends care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions such as Iraq and Afghanistan, and on Naval ships at sea!
Additionally, we have a race series for kids- The Adventure Kids series presented by Paul Mitchell! This fun filled race for children ages 4 through 13 features running, obstacles just their size, and a trip through the biggest mud pit they have ever seen! All racers receive an Adventure Kids cotton T-Shirt, race bib and finisher medal!
Racers must be a minimum of 13 years old to participate in the 5K and 14 years old to participate in the 10K.
The Merrell Barefoot Division specially times racers competing in Merrell Barefoot shoes, Vibram Five Fingers, or those who choose to run purely barefoot. The off-road nature of the trails can feature roots, rocks and sections of gravel. If you’re not properly trained, these natural hazards may lead to cuts, scrapes and maybe blisters. You’ll need to meet the below qualifications to be able to race purely barefoot:
Racers must have experience running barefoot on off-road trails
Racers must have 90 days of barefoot training under their belts
There will be rinse off stations and changing tents for all athletes to use after the race with Paul Mitchell shampoo to clean you up!
There is a Bag Check where you can drop off your gear prior to the event. Tear off the “Bag Claim Check” tab from your racer bib and affix to your bag with a safety pin. Event staff will sort your bag according to your racer number, and you can claim your belongings later with your bib number. While the bag check area is secure and we make every effort to protect your belongings, MESP, Inc. and the Merrell Down & Dirty National Mud and Obstacle Series presented by Subaru is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please leave valuables at home!
There will be a disposable, orange strip timing chip included in your packet, attached to your race bib. You will need to attach this timing chip to your shoe in order to receive a time for the race.
Sorry! Dogs are not allowed to participate in the events.
The event does not include swimming. Any water crossings are accessible on foot and may come up to about your waist.
You will not be forced to participate in anything you do not feel comfortable with. We encourage all participants to compete at their comfort level. There will be plenty of volunteers on the obstacles there to encourage you or help you to the next step. If you choose to go around an obstacle, you will not be able to participate in the award ceremony.
There is no time limit to finish the course. Athletes are permitted to walk the course.
Official teams of 10 or more people racing in the 5k or 10k will earn $5 off each of their registrations. If you are part of a team of 10 or more, you will automatically receive your refund AFTER completion of the event.
We also have Corporate Team registration!
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