Nitty Gritty Dirt Dash to benefit Emporia children’s programs

February 27, 2014

The 2014 Nitty Gritty Dirt Dash promises to be just as challenging as the first event in September 2012.Mud pits. Barb-wire trenches. Treacherous tractor tires.

If you think you have what it takes to beat a 5K obstacle course and raise money for the Children’s Champion Network, then put the second annual Nitty Gritty Dirt Dash on your calendar.

Patterned after popular Warrior Dashes, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Dash kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12 at Camp Alexander east of Emporia, 1783 Road P5. Entrants will test themselves against an ultimate obstacle course that includes crawling through barb wire trenches, climbing over cargo nets, running up Heartbreak Ridge and obstacles.

Entrants will take off in waves with the first wave starting at 11 a.m. and the final wave at 1:30 p.m.

After besting the obstacle course, or just cheering on the competitors, plan to stick around for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Dash celebration, which begins at 11 a.m. with music, food vendors and kids activities.

Competing in the dash costs just $25, which includes a T-shirt. All funds raised go to the Children’s Champion Network, which supports Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Emporia Child Care and Camp Alexander.

Entrants must be 14 years or older to compete. Registration opens Saturday, March 1 and continues through April 4. Register online at

Onsite registrations will be accepted the day of the event.

The event is sponsored by Emporia State University, Union Activities Council, Associated Student Government, Community Hornets, Camp Alexander and Emporia State Recreation Services. 



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