Dirty Dozen Obstacle Trail Races

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.
  • Location – U.S. National Whitewater Center

Registration (coming soon):

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
  • *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, 55-59, 60 and better

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


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

2013 Results:
  • Overall results (PDF)
  • Age group 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. Jacob January 24, 2014 at 11:16 am

    What will the obstacles consist of, or what were they last year?

    • USNWC February 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      Hey Jacob, here is a list of the obstacles in no particular order: Over/under obstacle, rope bridge passing, monkey bars crossing, ring swings, cargo net climb, 8-10 ft wall climb, wall traverse, army rope crossing, a boulder wall climb, a tire flip, culvert crossing (hole in the wall), rope garden, and an agility ladder.

  2. Amanda November 8, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Are the pictures from this years race available online somewhere?

    • USNWC November 12, 2013 at 9:16 am

      Hi Amanda, we do not have images from last year’s race available on the site.

  3. Rachelle Jacocks November 5, 2013 at 11:31 am

    This is the first time I’ve received information about this event, and I don’t want to wait until game day to register. Can I register now?


    • USNWC November 6, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      Hi Rachelle, registration for the 2014 Dirty Dozen Trail Race is not yet available. Please continue to check back as we update throughout the next few months.

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