Women broke out of their comfort zones and got plenty dirty Saturday, June 28, during the annual Dirty Girl Mud Run challenges at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake.
Organizers said about 10,000 people participated in the noncompetitive, 5K obstacles-optional course open to women of all ages and athletic abilities. It featured obstacles including the Utopian Tubes tunnel crawl, PMS (Pretty Muddy Stuff) mud pit and Dirty Dancing giant slide.
The local event is part of a nationwide series that attracts thousands of women and supportive spectators. Many women participate in groups complete with unique team names and crazy costumes.
As part of its mission to empower a healthy lifestyle, Dirty Girl supports Bright Pink, the only national nonprofit organization focusing on risk reduction and early detection of breast and ovarian cancers in young women. Since inception, Dirty Girl Mud Run has donated more than $475,000 to breast cancer charities and will donate at least $125,000 in 2014 to Bright Pink.
At each 2014 event, 300 free registrations are reserved for cancer survivors.