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Dirty Dash 5K Encourages Play

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Thousands of people gathered at MetraPark on Saturday for the one time of year adults can act like kids and play in mud, while competing in a 5K. It's called the Dirty Dash.

"It's just an awesome thing to do together, just get dressed up and go jump in a mud puddle," said Sarah Witt, who was dressed as Batman and Robin with a friend.

"It's fun to do a race and have it fun, you know, get dirty," said Kristin Fuller, who came from Sheridan. "We're dressed as Ninja Turtles. We're here to get dirty."

"We were a little tentative but after that, once you go under the water and the mud, it was really fun. So then we just kept putting more and more mud on ourselves," said Kristin Fuller. "It's not like super competitive but it's really fun at the same time."

Many people said they enjoyed getting weird in the mud, including Sydney Williams.

"It's really freeing. It's nice to run around, be weird with everybody," said Williams.

While most people knew what they were getting themselves into, it was a shock for Kim Peterson.

"I was tricked. She told me we were going for a spa day!" said Peterson.

It may have looked like just fun and games, but the Dirty Dash also encouraged runners to help out a good cause. Organizers set up shoe donations near showers since so many people in past runs didn't want to keep their muddy shoes. Organizers says the shoe donations go to people in need in the U.S. and developing countries.