Yesterday Chris and I ran the Detroit Down & Dirty Obstacle Race and I have the battle wounds and medal to prove it!
Before I get to my wounds and the sweet medal, I will give you all the nitty gritty details of the day because that is what race recaps are all about….right?
As I mentioned before, this was my second time running this event whereas it was Chris’s first time. The course was laid out very similar to when I ran it in 2012 so you are welcome to click here to read a more in-depth report of the individual obstacles and the course as there is not much point in me rehashing it all again.
On race morning we left a little later than we intended but we still had enough time to park, collect our packet (after I ran back to the car for my ID! Shouldn’t I be used to the process by now????), use the facilities and get in line for the 7:30am wave.
Before we knew it, Chris and I were off and running…..ready to get down and dirty. Chris and I ran the entire course together because it is more fun that way although it is guaranteed that neither of us will never get a PR again because it seems like we are never in sync. Oh well, PR’s are overrated (Ok, that’s a lie).
There wasn’t a lot of mud on the course except for the two mud pits but there was a lot of obstacles and we enjoyed each and every one of them. My favorite obstacle was the push up area. Which is funny since it isn’t really an obstacle but I like that I am able to hammer out 20 push ups without any issue. My least favorite obstacle is whichever one reopened my Warrior Dash wound.
Gross, right? (I did promise you a battle wound, so you were warned!) I think this may become a permanent scar as we have several more OCR’s ahead of us and I seem to use this spot on my elbow a lot.
The only obstacle on the course that seemed different from 2012 was what I like to refer to as the “pole obstacle.” Fancy name, I know. It was a pole that had several small ledges to place your feet on to assist you in climbing up it. Once to the top you had to swing your body over the top edge of a cargo net and work your way down. It seemed scarier than it was because of the whole me being scared of heights thing.
To be quite honest none of the obstacles are very difficult. I think that they are very doable by most people. They are more difficult than Warrior Dash but not as difficult as Spartan Race if that helps give you a frame of reference. The terrain of the race is quite hilly which does make the race as a whole seem more difficult.
All right….ready to check out the medal???
I don’t know about you but I think it is pretty darn sweet and a great improvement from the medal I got in 2012!
Here is a look at the rest of the swag I got!
A tech shirt and a buff!
Overall the Down and Dirty Obstacle Race was a great experience! And dare I say that it is pretty close to edging out Warrior Dash as being in the top 3 of OCRs / Mud Runs in my opinion. It has timing which Warrior Dash eliminated and the obstacles at Down and Dirty are more challenging than Warrior Dash.
The only issue that I had with Down and Dirty is that they served the water at the aid stations from garbage cans. Granted the cans were lined and I am sure the water was fine but seeing someone get you water from a garbage can just makes you suspicious. Plus the water had a brownish tint to it and people were confusing the water cans for garbage cans and tossing their half drank cups back into the water that was to be served. It grossed me out.
Other than that it was a great race and a great day! If you want to read Chris’s take on it, click here to head on over to his blog!
Did you race this weekend?
If not, what were you up to?