Monday, September 26, 2011

Locals get “dirty”

Wendy Ray of Orofino (center) with daughter’s Stacy (Ray) Fish of Boise (left) and Melissa (Ray) Elkinton of Portland after they finished The Dirty Dash in Boise Aug. 27.

Wendy Ray of Orofino and her two daughters recently got very “dirty.”

Ever hear of The Dirty Dash? It’s a fundraising mud run obstacle course at Boise’s Bogus Basin. According to the website,, The Dirty Dash “is a mud run obstacle course where a military boot camp meets your inner five-year-old’s fantasy and subsequently converts boy to man and then…man to swine.”

The Dirty Dash is held at different locations throughout the country, and courses are either 5K or 10K. Boise’s event, held Aug. 27, raised funds for the YMCA.

Participants in the event are encouraged to wear costumes, with awards given for things like the muddiest suit or dirtiest boss. Spectators may purchase water balloons to throw at participants during the Hog Wash.

“Stacy, my youngest, decided that it would be a great thing to do on the day of her bachelorette party. It was a great success and we all made it!” said Wendy.

Stacy (Ray) Fish, a 2001 graduate of Orofino High School, and older sister Melissa (Ray) Elkinton, a 1998 OHS graduate, were joined in the event by Missy Coblentz and Carly Geidl, both of Boise.

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