Dirty Dozen Obstacle Trail Race

Climb, jump and run through the 12 obstacles that make up the 3rd annual Dirty Dozen, a 5K and 12K obstacle trail race. These races, which take place on Saturday, October 11 the morning of the USNWC’s Fall Finale, will test your strength, coordination, and stamina as you race to the finish. Though not officially a “mud run,” we recommend wearing an old t-shirt. We call it “dirty” for a reason.

Event Details:
  • Date – Saturday, October 11, 2014
  • Distance – 5K and 12K options
  • Time – 9:00 a.m.


5K Distance

  • $35 – Pre-registration through October 8
  • $45 – Race day registration (if available)
  • *Note: Recover race shirts are only guaranteed to those who pre-register by October 1.

12K Distance

  • $45 – Pre-registration through October 8
  • $55 – Race day registration (if available)
  • *Note: Recover race shirts are only guaranteed to those who pre-register by October 1.

Friday, October 10

  • 5 – 7 p.m. – Packet pick-up at NoDa Brewing Company
  • *Race Day Registration will be available during packet pick-up
  • *Note: We encourage pre-registered runners to participate in the early packet pick-up to decrease race day lines

Saturday, October 11

  • 7:30 a.m. – Race day registration and packet pick-up begins
  • 8:30 a.m. – Race day registration and packet pick-up ends
  • 9:00 a.m. – Dirty Dozen Trail Race begins (Wave Start – BOTH distances)
  • Time TBD – 5K and 12K awards ceremony
  • 11:45 a.m. – Course closes (runners may finish the course however official times may not be recorded)

Be sure to stick around for food, drinks, raffle prizes and awards as well as the USNWC’s Fall Finale


Will be given out for both the 5K and 12K distances.

Overall Male/Female finishers will receive a pair of Montrail Trail Running shoes. TrySports gift certificates will be given to top three Male/Female finishers ($30/$20/$10) in the following categories:

  • 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55 and better

Various bibs will also be randomly tagged with Mountain Khakis stickers for additional raffle prizes.

Course Map:


Interested in volunteering? Please contact the Race Director at racedirector@usnwc.org.

2013 Results:
  • Overall results (PDF)
  • Age group results (PDF)
2012 Results:
  • Overall results (PDF)







Mountain Khakis







Additional Event Info:
  • Recover race shirts are only guaranteed to those who pre-register by October 1
  • Participants are required to complete 25 “Burpees” if any obstacle is not completed as designed prior to continuing the course. One burpee consists of:
    1. Beginning in a standing position
    2. Dropping into a squat position with your hands on the ground
    3. Extending feet back in one quick motion to assume the front plank position
    4. Returning to the squat position in one quick motion
    5. Returning to standing position
  • All participants must sign the USNWC waiver before participating
  • Participants must be present to accept awards. Awards will not be mailed
  • Race bib must be visible and worn on the front of shirt to receive an accurate time
  • See Course Map for water stop locations
  • Locker rooms are located at the main USNWC River Center
  • Registration is non-refundable and non-transferable
  • There will be no gear/bag check at the start/finish for this race
  • Event will proceed rain or shine unless conditions are deemed unsafe by the Race Director
  • All guests are required to pay a $5 parking fee at the USNWC unless guest has an annual parking pass. Annual parking passes are available through the USNWC for $40
  • Headphones, iPods, MP3 players, etc are discouraged for the safety of all participants
  • Remain attentive and courteous at all times, trails will be open to other runners, hikers and bikers
  • No pets allowed on the course
  • The USNWC does not conduct trail rescues in the event of an emergency. Participants are encouraged to call 911 THEN notify event staff if an emergency is encountered

Questions / Comments

  1. AJ August 27, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    What are the obstacles?

    • USNWC August 28, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      Hi Aj, Some of the obstacles throughout the race are over/under poles, ropes bridges, traverse wall, monkey bars, 8’ walls, tires flips, rings, etc.
      The 12 obstacles are permanently built throughout the trail system which you are welcome to come check out.

  2. kt August 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Does the entry fees cover any charity (ies)?

    • USNWC August 26, 2014 at 10:56 am

      Hi kt, All Whitewater Race Series proceeds go towards the Dickson Fund which provides financial support for individuals to participate in the Outdoor Leadership Program and other various experiences at the U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) that promote the active, outdoor lifestyle.

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