The Dirty Bird is a challenging 8K (five-mile) race held on the Dowagiac
campus of Southwestern Michigan College, combining military-style obstacles
(8-10 obstacles), hilly terrain, mud, and whatever bonus Michigan weather
Runners will sprint from the starting line and immediately face two major
obstacles before advancing through the unforgiving hills of SMCs storied
cross-country trails, navigating the muddy Dirty Bird ravine, and finally
facing another set of obstacles leading to the finish line.
Three-person teams will compete in one of three divisions based on fitness and
experience. 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. Team
effort is paramount for the final completion of this event.