When the Dirty Badger returns to Brock University’s trails later this month, its focus will be on fun.
Now in its fifth year, the trail run for people of all experience levels takes place Saturday, Aug. 25 and will include the popular entry-level five-kilometre route as well as a more challenging 10-kilometre route.
Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. at Isaac’s patio, followed by a 10:30 a.m. race start time. After the race, runners will be treated to live music, bar service and a free barbecue at Isaac’s.
The top female and male in each route will be presented an award, with prizes from the North Face performance apparel store at the Niagara Outlet Collection. The team with the most spirit will receive $50 to use towards their Isaac’s tab after the race.
“The Dirty Badger team spirit competition is based on enthusiasm,” said Eric Walter, race founder and Fitness Manager for Brock Sports. “Past winners have cheered the loudest or worn colourful costumes. It’s about having fun — not being the fastest runner out there.”
The Dirty Badger was created to encourage people to get active in the slower summer months on campus and to generate interest in trail running.
“The race offers a great opportunity to show off the beautiful trails we have around campus in a safe and organized way,” said Walter. “We’re lucky to be next to the Niagara Escarpment and the Bruce Trail.”
Those interested in joining the fun but not up to tackling the trails can volunteer. Tasks include registration, timing runners and attending water stations by squirting runners with water guns to help keep them cool along the way.
Registration is open on the Dirty Badger website until Friday, Aug. 24. Race entry, which includes lunch, a T-shirt and giveaways, is $29. The race is open to anyone 13 years of age and older.
Fifty to 70 runners are expected at this year’s event.