Never Prouder to be Called a Dirty Bird

My post Thanksgiving race this year was like no other!  Pretzel City Sports definitely did not disappoint!  Out with the old, lame Turkey Trots and in with The Dirty Bird!!

Down & Dirty and The Raptor Run

July was a very busy month for Mud and Trails Runs and I loved every moment of it!

The best part of it all was spending time with past muddy buddies and some trail virgins!

Down & Dirty Mud Run

MBF (Muddy Buddies Forever!

Oh So Pretty!

Mud Virgin Anna


Marsh Creek Raptor Run 10M Trail Run & Some More D&D


Does this look like fun?  Check out for upcoming Trail & Road races!

Join us for the 20th Annual Lupus Loop!

A relative of a very close friend of mine has Lupus.  Every year the immediate family did the Lupus Loop 2.5m walk.  2.5 years ago my friend challenged me to RUN the Lupus Loop 5k.  This was my first race and running 3.1 miles seemed like it was going to be impossible!!  (Cut to 2.5 years later I’ve run a marathon, done several mud runs and distance trail runs!)

The Lupus Loop 2009

The next year we formed a Team called “The Lu Loopers” and we added a few new members…

The Lupus Loop 2010

We are coming up on the 20th Annual Lupus Loop on Sunday, October 30th, 2011 and this year The Lu Loopers have BIG plans!  We want to win the award for BIGGEST TEAM!  There are 4 different ways to participate, 2 of them don’t even require you to leave the couch!

If you would like to RUN the 5k or WALK the 2.5m go here:

(Be sure to sign up under our team “The Lu Loopers, at the top of the page click link “Register for this event”)

If you really want to participate but not ready to run or walk go here and sign up as a Virtual participant:

(Be sure to sign up under our team “The Lu Loopers, at the top of the page click link “Register for this event”)

Still too much commitment?  Just donate here:

This year is our year to win!  Sign up EARLY and encourage your friends to do it too!

Want a challenge?  Sign up for your first 5k!  Maybe in a couple of years you will be running marathons too!!

Want to run but not sure how… go here:

My First Race - The Lupus Loop 2009

Why not try a tri?

After the Mud Run, I felt like I could do anything!  So what was my next move?  Where were the endurance sport gods going to lead me???  To triathlons maybe?

My one and only time on a bike in over 15 years!

Ok… Maybe a tri might be pushing it!  How about trail running?

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YES!  Now this is something I can sink my teeth into!

How did this happen?

My love for running and thirst for competition kicked into high gear 7/2010 at the Down & Dirty Mud Run with my close friend and mentor, Cee Heard.