Story by Taylor Prater, Video by Lexy Cruz, Photo by Minh Nguyen
More than 400 kids recently participated in the Dirty Scurry, a 1-mile adventure run by the Trinity River.
The goal? Get as dirty as possible navigating 10 mud-filled obstacles.
Kids around the metroplex gathered as early as 7:30 a.m. to prepare for the run. Bounce houses were available to kick-start their energy while parents enjoyed free coffee from a Starbucks on location.
Sponsored by Fort Worth-based fitness program PT Fitness, the Dirty Scurry organizers hoped to attract kids around the community and teach them about improving their overall health. The run also supported the Sports Rehab and Childhood Obesity Life programs at Cook Children’s hospital.
At 9 a.m. every runner swarmed the course, belly-crawling under mud fences, sliding down hills and walking through a boot camp-style tire maze. Some lost their shoes in the process.
Medals were given to the three top-finishing runners from each age category at the end of the run. However, PT Fitness president Ron Green said the goal of the program was not to finish first, but to have fun and be active.
The goal was to “get kids active,” Green said, and to raise funds for Cook Children’s Hospital.
PT Fitness hopes to make the Dirty Scurry at least an annual event and is currently planning for another race next year.