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SOLDIER HOLLOW — Runners got muddy for a cause Saturday in the Dirty Dash.

Part race, part obstacle course, the 6.2-mile race takes runners through messy challenges in the name of charity. Volunteers from Youth Making A Difference collected the dirty shoes at the end of the race to be sold in Africa, and the proceeds will be donated to cancer research.

The race is designed for athletes looking for something tougher than just a run down the street and a family with kids just wanting to have a fun — and dirty — afternoon.

Carlos Gutierrez was one of thousands crawling through mud, climbing walls, and battling through the course's infamous "foam pit": an inflatable course covered in bubbles and water.

"I don't know, just coming down that, it's just an adrenaline rush," he said.

Throughout the western United States, 12 Dirty Dash races are being held this year. Two of them were scheduled in Utah, with the next being Sept. 14 at Solider Hollow.

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