Getting Dirty For A Cause

HELP of Door County will hold its 2nd Annual Door’s Dirty 5k (DD5K) on June 4 at the Door County Adventure Center in Sevastopol. It’s a run. It’s an obstacle course. And there’s mud.

“This course is a challenge for fitness monsters and mere mortals alike,” said Anni Lampert, HELP’s development director. “Who are fitness monsters? They run full and half marathons. They’re Ironman devotees. The 5K run will be a lark for them. The obstacles, however, will pose a physical challenge for any and all.”

The first four and one-half kilometers of the event will be a cross country and on-road run. The last half-kilometer will have a series of obstacles – some to go over, some to go under and many involve mud of varying viscosity. Volunteers will man each obstacle to ensure safe negotiation of each.

DD5K is an un-timed event so the biggest prize for each runner is bragging rights and a cache of stories.

The fee is $70 per runner. Groups of runners will be sent out onto the course beginning at 10 am.

“You can certainly do this course by yourself if you like, but it’ll be much more fun with a partner or two or three,” said Lampert. Teams are capped at four.

Runners are encouraged to bring a cheering section along to greet them at the event’s end, conveniently located by the food booth. Volunteer firefighters will be on hand to hose down muddy racers.

Proceeds will benefit the programs and services offered by HELP of Door County, Inc. To register or for more information visit

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