FAQs

From registration  to race day, here are some of our more frequently asked questions.


 

Adventure Kids (9)

Can we pick up our race packet the day of the race?

Yes – you may pick up your packet the day of the race. Please arrive to the venue an hour before your scheduled start time to allow time to do so.

How much are the Adventure Kids races?

The Mile is $28, but there is a price increase of $2 three weeks before event day, so be sure to register sooner rather than later!

The Dash is $20.

I am racing with my child in the dash, is there an additional fee for me?

No, there is not an additional cost for the parent “racing” with their child in the 100-yard dash. In fact, parents MUST accompany their children through the course.

How can I find my (or my child’s) bib number?

Bib numbers will be emailed to all registered athletes the Friday before race weekend. Bib books organized by last name will be available at Retailer Packet Pickup and Race Day Packet Pickup to look up your (or your child’s) bib number.

How early do I need to be there race morning to pick up my (or my child’s) packet? What if I already picked up my (or my child’s) packet?

If you have not picked up your (or your child’s) packet, you should allow one hour for parking, picking up your (or your child’s) bib and goodies, and going to the bag check.

If you picked up your (or your child’s) packet on Saturday, you have a little more time, but we still suggest being there 45 minutes early to allow time to park and go to the bag check and get ready to get Down & Dirty!

My son/daughter does not have an I.D. for the Adventure Kid’s race, can I pick it up?

A parent or legal guardian is able to pick up their son’s/daughter’s packet for the Adventure Kid’s race.

How can I confirm if I am registered? How can I confirm if my child is registered?

You should receive an email confirmation once you have completed your on-line registration. If you did not receive and email, check your spam folder, and if you still do not have an email confirmation please send an email to downanddirty@mesp.com and let us know your full name, and which city you registered for and we can confirm your registration! Or you can contact us.

How can I sign up to volunteer?

You may sign up to be a volunteer by going to our volunteer page and filling out the form, here.

Can I accompany my child in the 100-yard Dash? The Mile Course?

Parents are required to accompany their children in the 100-yard Dash and through the mud pit. The start line will be marked with flags and waves will go off by age and gender.

Parents are NOT permitted on the Adventure Kids presented by Paul Mitchell One Mile course. Kids will start at the main start arch and will finish at the main finish chute.

Course Info (9)

What are the obstacles?

Check out pictures of all of the event obstacles here.

Go to your city page to view our course maps. Click here to select your city!

How tough is the course?

Our goal is to challenge you and push you to your limits with a combination of running broken up by various military style obstacles. The course is designed for people of all fitness levels to enjoy and have a good time. There will be plenty of volunteers at each obstacle to give you a hand if you need it, but be sure to give it your best effort!

Will there be hydrations along the course? If so how many? Where will they be located?

Yes – there will be water stops out on the course, but please be sure to prepare and come hydrated! There will be an aid station about every mile; 2 aid stations on the 3 mile course and 5 aid stations on the 6 mile course. Plus, every racer will receive a bottle of water at the finish line.

Can I walk the course?

Yes, participants can walk the course, there is no time limit to finish the race.

Is there a time limit to finish the course?

No, there is no time limit to finish the course. Athletes are permitted to walk the course.

Can I go around an obstacle?

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.

Will it be necessary to swim as part of the obstacles?

No – the event does not include swimming. Any water crossings are accessible on foot and may come up to about your waist.

Do I need to go in the mud pit?

Getting Down & Dirty is the whole point! You’ll have to crawl through the mud pit to make it to the finish line!

Any training advice?

Sure! Check out detailed training program by visiting this page.

General (3)

How can I sign up to volunteer?

You may sign up to be a volunteer by going to our volunteer page and filling out the form, here.

Does the event series have a charity partner?

The Merrell Down & Dirty National Mud Run Series presented by Subaru is proud to partner with Operation Gratitude – an amazing volunteer organization that 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! Help us support our service members oversees who have committed their lives to making our country safe!

You can also help raise funds for this excellent cause! Build your own donation page, create and join fundraising teams and easily begin your fundraising efforts by clicking here. You can make donating simple for your friends and family and track your pledges online in only a few simple steps. Just use the template, or personalize it by writing your own text. Click to learn how to can join your fellow Merrell Down & Dirty racers in raising funds for a great cause!

Can dogs participate?

Sorry! Dogs are not allowed to participate in the events.

Race Day (11)

Can we pick up our race packet the day of the race?

Yes – you may pick up your packet the day of the race. Please arrive to the venue an hour before your scheduled start time to allow time to do so.

How can I find my (or my child’s) bib number?

Bib numbers will be emailed to all registered athletes the Friday before race weekend. Bib books organized by last name will be available at Retailer Packet Pickup and Race Day Packet Pickup to look up your (or your child’s) bib number.

How early do I need to be there race morning to pick up my (or my child’s) packet? What if I already picked up my (or my child’s) packet?

If you have not picked up your (or your child’s) packet, you should allow one hour for parking, picking up your (or your child’s) bib and goodies, and going to the bag check.

If you picked up your (or your child’s) packet on Saturday, you have a little more time, but we still suggest being there 45 minutes early to allow time to park and go to the bag check and get ready to get Down & Dirty!

What type of shoes should I wear?

We recommend that participants wear shoes that they do not care to have drenched in mud. Because you will be running a 5K or 10K, you should have a dependable pair of running shoes that are supportive. Participants will often duck tape their shoes to ensure they don’t slip off in the mud.

Am I able to rinse off after my race?

Yes – 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!

Is there a Gear or Bag Check available?

Yes! 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!

Is the race timed? How do I use my timing chip?

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.

Are there awards?

Awards will be given to the top 3 finishers in each division! Please see the Awards page for further details. For award ceremony times, please see the event schedule on your city’s page.

How does the race start? Are there wave starts?

The race will go off in waves, and there will be various corrals off the start line. If you run a faster mile (6-8 min) please find a spot in one of the first corrals. If you are running in the Military and Public Safety Division, you are also welcome to begin in the wave start. Otherwise, jump in to whichever corral you would like and get ready to get Down & Dirty!

Are the wave starts divided by gender?

The waves are not divided into male/female groups. The divisions indicated on the registration form are for timing results.

Will athlete refreshments be available after the race?

Yes – Additional water and other snacks will be available at the Athlete Refreshments tent near the finish line.

Registration (14)

What is the minimum age to race?

Racers must be a minimum of 13 years old to participate in both the 6 mile course and the 3 mile course. Participants not meeting these requirements are welcome to participate in Adventure Kids for ages 7-13.

Can we pick up our race packet the day of the race?

Yes – you may pick up your packet the day of the race. Please arrive to the venue an hour before your scheduled start time to allow time to do so.

Is there Team Registration?

Yes! You are more than welcome to register as a team when you sign up online. In order to submit your team for others to sign up, make sure you complete your registration on that team first. Once the team is in our database, you are more than welcome to sign up multiple people with one transaction.

We also have a Corporate Team option!

 

What are the discounts for 2014 Team Registrations?

Official teams of 10 or more people racing in the 3 mile or 6 mile course(s) will earn $5 off each registration. Refunds will be submitted to the Team Captain of each team. Team captains must email downanddirty@mesp.com to receive their team refund.

What if I am part of a Corporate Team? What are the 2014 benefits?

Thinking of starting a corporate team with your coworkers? Great!

Teams of 10 or more: Each receive $5 off their registration fee. Refunds will be distributed back to the team captain after the event. Team captains must email downanddirty@mesp.com to request the refund check.

Teams of 20 or more: Your team earns an area in our VIP corporate village! Bring out a 10 x 10 tent and take in all the action near the start line! Your team will also be featured in PA announcements at the race start!

For further questions about Corporate Team Registration, please email us.

How can I find my (or my child’s) bib number?

Bib numbers will be emailed to all registered athletes the Friday before race weekend. Bib books organized by last name will be available at Retailer Packet Pickup and Race Day Packet Pickup to look up your (or your child’s) bib number.

How much is the race?

The adult race prices are on your city specific page. Select your city by clicking here. Keep in mind that there are price increases leading up to event day. The earlier you register, the lower the price! An administration and processing fee of $12 will be associated with each entry.

What do I receive with my registration?

Included in your entry fee (along with the race) you receive:

  • Custom Merrell Morpheous Tech Tee
  • Race Bib & Timing Chip with Individual Timed Results
  • Merrell Buff & other Sponsor Schwag
  • Dog-tag Finishers Medal
  • Complimentary Bag Check
  • Post-race Athlete Refreshments to refuel after the challenge
  • Access to Sponsor Expo and Post Race Festival with activities and music to keep the party going!
  • Bring your friends and family! Your entry includes spectator entry at no charge!

Do you offer refunds on registration?

All entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable to other athletes.

How can I confirm if I am registered? How can I confirm if my child is registered?

You should receive an email confirmation once you have completed your on-line registration. If you did not receive and email, check your spam folder, and if you still do not have an email confirmation please send an email to downanddirty@mesp.com and let us know your full name, and which city you registered for and we can confirm your registration! Or you can contact us.

Can I register the day of the race?

Race day registration will depend on our field limits in each city. We are expecting each race to sell out, so be sure to sign up early! Online Registration will be cut off on the Thursday before race weekend. Please look for an announcement on our website if we happen to be taking race day registration.

Can someone else pick up my race packet and goody bag at packet pick up?

No, each racer must pick up their race packet and goody bag at packet pick up where they will sign a waiver and show photo ID. No exceptions.

Can dogs participate?

Sorry! Dogs are not allowed to participate in the events.

Is there a military discount?

Yes! Participants who are active or retired military personnel can race in the Military Division (non age specific). Contact us at downanddirty@mesp.com for the special military service discount! All service members are required to forward a copy of their military identification card before receiving the discount.

Spectators (2)

Do you allow Spectators?

Yes – 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.

Are there areas along the course where family/friends/spectators can photograph the athletes during the competition?

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!