Dirty Bird Mud Run Details

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Race Start Time: 10 a.m.

Where: Southwestern Michigan College, Dowagiac campus
Team Composition & Registration:

Online registration will close at 12 noon on Friday, October 2.

Race day registrations in person will be available prior to the start of the race from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 3 at the Student Activity Center.

One member from each team must register their team. Each team member needs to print out the Liability Release and Assumption of Risk Form, read, and sign it and turn it in on race day at the SAC (Student Activity Center).

  Eagle Division: Serious and experienced athletes who are looking to push themselves to their limits. This division will be chip timed and prizes awarded.
  Hawk Division: Fit athletes who haven’t had much or any experience with this sort of event.
  ALL participants must sign the Liability Release and Assumption of Risk Form and bring the signed form on race day. Forms will also be available on race day.
Age Limit: Participants must be 16 years old or older on the day of the race. If under 18, a parent or guardian must sign the Liability Release and Assumption of Risk Form. The form can be printed out, signed by the parent or guardian, and brought to the SAC (Student Activity Center) on race day.
Cost: 3 person teams:    $90
  4 person teams:  $120
  5 person teams:  $150
Payment Methods:

Check, PayPal or Guest PayPal debit or credit card payments.

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Volunteers: Volunteers: Race organizers are seeking volunteers for various activities on race day. This is a great opportunity for student clubs and community organizations to donate their time to a worthy cause. If you would like to volunteer, please click on the “Volunteer to Help” link above.
Honor Flags: Honor a current or former military service member with a flag. Submit a message and/or photo honoring your service member. The flags will be on display in the Student Activity Center on the day of the race. Honor Flags are free and may be removed at the conclusion of the event. (See Honor Flags tab above).

Race Information



The Dirty Bird is a challenging 8K (five-mile) race held on the campus of Southwestern Michigan College, combining military-style obstacles, hilly terrain, mud, and whatever bonus Michigan weather provides.

Runners will sprint from the starting line and immediately face several major obstacles before advancing through the unforgiving hills of SMC’s storied cross-country trails, navigating the muddy “Dirty Bird” ravine, and finally facing another set of obstacles leading to the finish line. (See course map).


Three to five person teams will compete in two divisions based on fitness and experience. Though individual abilities and intentions differ, the physically and mentally demanding course is the same for everyone.

But this isn’t just about individuals. Teamwork is paramount. All team members must reach an obstacle before it can be attempted; all team members must complete the obstacle before moving on to the next.


The first three finishers for men’s, women’s, and coed teams from the Eagle division will be recognized at a ceremony following the race. In addition, prizes will be awarded for best costumes, best team name, and dirtiest team.


It is only fitting that the proceeds from the Dirty Bird, which requires determination, toughness, and teamwork, will benefit those who have served our country. Net proceeds will fund the Military Veterans’ Scholarship at Southwestern Michigan College. Last year, we were able to award six student veterans a total of $7,000.

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