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The Merrell Down and Dirty Obstacle Race Returns to Hartford in June
Riverside Park in Hartford, Connecticut will be the site for the three and six-mile obstacle races running on Sunday, June 22, 2014. This will be one of 11 such events, part of the Merrell Down and Dirty National Obstacle Race Series presented by Subaru. This well-rounded event welcomes both adults and Adventure Kids ages 4-13. Participants will face more than 20 obstacles in this very different, very remarkable racing experience.

The Merrell Down and Dirty Obstacle Race Returns to Hartford in June

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Tuesday, 29 April, 2014

Are you looking for a different type of race, a different kind of challenge? This one combines running with a series of innovative obstacles that are sure to bring out the best in each participant. And it will provide a tremendous sense of satisfaction and accomplishment; upon completion it will be a blast to celebrate and share with others.

Michael Epstein Sports Productions (MESP) presents the Merrell Down and Dirty Hartford Obstacle Race, the fifth in a series of 11 events in the Down and Dirty National Series presented by Subaru. The first was in Los Angeles on April 13. Races follow in Miami (May 18, 2014), Chicago (June 1, 2014), Dallas (June 8, 2014)—and then comes Hartford!

This is an adventure race, an obstacle race, a challenging race with a choice of their six-mile version or the three-mile challenge. There are more than 20 obstacles along the course, including water crossings, rope and wall climbs, the sand bag haul and heavy hoist, Monster and Colossus climb, Jim’s Jungle Gym and monkey cross, hurdles and low crawl, the mud pits, and perhaps a few surprises unique to Riverside Park. All of these are pictured and described on the very extensive website which has a wealth of information about all aspects of the event, including volunteer opportunities—another way to enjoy the fun.

Please view the website for information on registration, Adventure Kids races, FAQ’s, merchandise, charity partner, videos and photos, results, race day instructions and directions, the accompanying expo, rules, awards and divisions, teams, including corporate teams, timing, training, contacts, and more: Down & Dirty Website

All participants will receive the following with their registration: Custom Merrell Technical T-shirt, race bib and chip for timing individual results, Merrell and sponsor schwag, dog tag finisher’s medal, bag check, post race refreshments, Sponsor expo, and post race festival with music.

It is spectator friendly, and there will be a rinse-off area for changing.

Many will make it a family affair with two divisions of the Matchbox Adventure Kids events presented by Paul Mitchell: the 100 yard dash for 4 to 6-year-olds, which includes kids’ size obstacles along the course and the enormous mud pit. Parents may accompany the 4-6 kids on their adventure. The 7 to 13-year-olds will run a one-mile course with obstacles and the finishing belly-crawl mud pit—they run independently. All kids will receive a T-shirt, bib, Paul Mitchell shampoo, and finishers’ medal.

There will be packet pick-up for all on Saturday, June 21 at a retail location nearby Riverside Park (check the website for specifics), and of course participants may pick up their bibs/packets on race day, Sunday June 22, beginning at 6:30 at Riverside Park where all races will be held: 20 Leibert Road, Hartford, Connecticut 06106.

Prices increase as you get closer to the event, and they have a history of selling out, so please don’t put off your registration.

The Expo opens at 7:30 a.m. Again, packet pick-up will begin at 6:30 on race morning. The 6-mile course blasts off at 7:30, and the 3-mile begins at 8:30 a.m.—three separate waves starting about a half hour apart. There will be a separate pull-up contest at 9:15 near the start. The Adventure Kids races will begin at 10:15, and everything will close down by noon. Please check out the race day schedule on the Website for additional details.

Teams are welcome, especially corporate teams, where employees can run or walk the course as a team-building exercise. Many corporations expend tens of thousands of dollars for team building, and it is likely not nearly as effective as this adventure.

Awards are plentiful too including overall top three women and men in both races. Plus they provide awards three deep in five-year divisions through 75+. Additionally, there are awards for the top three women and men in the following divisions: Public Safety, Military, Barefoot, and the new Brick Division (women carry three bricks along, men take five).

Following the Hartford race, the Merrell Down & Dirty continues with Washington, D.C. (July 13), Philadelphia (July 27), Detroit (August 24), New York (October 5th), Atlanta (October 12), and Sacramento (November 2, 2014).

Bring It—Challenge, Vibrancy, Fun, Fitness and Health
Although races in this series are a challenge and adventure, a very different kind of event as compared with a 5K or 10K road race, they are all about fitness and fun with a unique challenge at every turn. And they are meant for participants of all ages. The words Down and Dirty describe what each person will experience for sure, but you have to try it to fully appreciate the enjoyment and satisfaction a tough challenge can bring. Participants can balance family fun with a race challenge thanks to the Adventure Kids series. Perhaps one parent can run a 6-mile and the other a 3-mile, and then watch the kids enjoy their version. You can combine fun with strength and dedication to achieve a personal first—or a personal best.

If possessing strength, endurance and health while having a barrel of crazy fun are included in your goals, give the Merrell Down and Dirty Obstacle Race presented by Subaru in Hartford a try. Sign up for this unique event now and show others your power, strength and endurance. Bring it on! Down & Dirty Website



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