Dirty Dozen Obstacle Trail Race

12 obstacles and 12 kilometers stand between you and the finish line in the 5th annual Dirty Dozen obstacle trail race. Looking for a shorter race? We’ve got you covered with the 5k obstacle race as well. While this is not an official “mud run”, expect to get dirty along the way (we recommend wearing an old t-shirt for this race). Put your strength, endurance, and coordination to the test as you navigate your way through several physical challenges along the USNWC trail system, then celebrate your accomplishment with a fun-filled day at Fall Finale.

Event Details:

  • Date – Saturday, October 8, 2016
  • Distance – 5K and 12K
  • Time:
    • 7:30 a.m. (12K Start)
    • 10:00 a.m. (5K Start)


  • Pre-registration – Must register by October 6
    • $35 – 5K distance
    • $45 – 12K distance
    • $60 – Both distances
  • Race day registration – if available
    • $45 – 5K distance
    • $55 – 12K distance
    • $70 – Both distances
  • *Note: Recover brands race shirts are only guaranteed to those who pre-register by October 2.


Friday, September 7

  • 5:00-7:00pm – Packet pick-up at U.S. National Whitewater Center
  • *Note: We encourage pre-registered runners to participate in the early packet pick-up to decrease race day lines
  • *Note: “Race Day Registration” will be available during packet pick up
  • 6:58pm – Whitewater Film Series film screening – Mountainfilm

Saturday, October 8

  • 6:30 a.m. – Race day registration and packet pick-up begins
  • 7:30 a.m. – 12K distance begins
  • 9:30 a.m. – Race day registration and packet pick-up ends
  • 9:45 a.m. – 12K course closes (runners may finish the course however official times may not be recorded)
  • 10:00 a.m. – 5K distance begins
  • Post 5K Start – 12K awards ceremony
  • 11:00 a.m. – 5K awards ceremony
  • 11:30 a.m. – 5K course closes (runners may finish the course however official times may not be recorded)


Be sure to stick around for food, drinks, prizes and awards as well as the USNWC’s BYOB , Cider Sampling and Fall Finale with Live Music.


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

Awards will be given to top three Male/Female finishers 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


2015 Results:

2014 Results:

2013 Results:

2012 Results:





Additional Event Info:

  • Interested in volunteering? Please contact the Race Director at racedirector@usnwc.org.
  • Participants are required to complete 25 “Burpees” if any obstacle is not completed as designed prior to continuing the course. One burpee consists of:
    • Beginning in a standing position
    • Dropping into a squat position with your hands on the ground
    • Extending feet back in one quick motion to assume the front plank position
    • Returning to the squat position in one quick motion
    • 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
  • 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. Leslie Cothren September 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    If I register for this event, my family will be coming along for rafting. I see that the same day has BYOB events and heats. Will the channels be open for Whitewater Rafting that day as well?

    • usnwcadmin September 20, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      Hi Leslie, yes rafting will be available during Fall Finale on October 8th.

  2. Jessica August 31, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Are the 5K obstacles something that a pre-teen could complete?

    • Jimmy Lawler September 1, 2016 at 10:25 am

      Hey Jessica,
      Obviously everybody is different. That answer varies from person to person. I would suggest coming out to the USNWC and trying them. They are the stars marked on our trail map.

  3. Laura August 23, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Can this be done as a team race?

    • usnwcadmin August 23, 2016 at 12:20 pm

      Hey Laura, the race does not have a team or relay element.

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