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A Cold Day in Hell for Dances With Dirt

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It was literally a cold day in Hell, Michigan.  My wife Shelia and I lined up in the dark waiting to start our day of adventure.  That would entail 50 miles of insane terrain known as Dances With Dirt.

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Dances With Dirt This Saturday in Hell Michigan

I ran my first ultramarathon at Dances With Dirt-Hell in 2000.  It was a life-altering experience for me.  I did the 50k race that year, just 5 miles longer than a standard marathon, but worlds apart.

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DWD waiver on t-shirt
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Dances With Dirt, The Original Insane Terrain Race [PHOTOS]

A lot of folks have been hopping on the Insane Running bandwagon as of late. Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash, Muddy Buddy come to mind and there are many others. There has been a race in Hell, Michigan that is nearly two decades old that defines Insane Terrain. Dances With Dirt. DWD is the evil brainchild of Running Fit owner Randy Step, and the main difference between his race and the Johnny Come Latelys is that DWD makes you do more running. A lot more. This year's race is September 24th. The 100k 5-person relay has been sold out since last winter, but you can still enter as a solo runner in the 50k or 50 mile ultramarathons.

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Stu and crew on top of Pinnacle Point, Hadley
photo by Shelia Allen
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Trail Running Gains Amazing Popularity

Maybe it's the economy.  Maybe it's technology overload.  Maybe people are figuring out what some of us have known for years.

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