Course photos courtesy of Rene Garneau
Racers set their tents along the start/finish line in an open field (~150m/490' wide). Runners love the option of having their tent in close proximity to the course. Refuel here at the aid station & get right back out (porta-potties here too).
dirty Intro ~0 - .7 km
If you don't care for bottlenecking, make sure you sprint from the start to the trailhead. Forested single track with ~83m/270' of climbing. Short, steep pitches. You may be able to hear the road traffic on your left.
Happy Girl's Access ~.7 km - 1.2 km
Unforested (yet overshadowed by tall trees), wide, double track with ~40m/131' of climbing. The climb itself is long, gradual and dumps runners atop the escarpment. Be prepared for a steep rise right before you reach its flat top. Folks say this short, steep climb is more cumbersome than the major unforested climb right before the 6k mark.
Hippy Runner's Chillout ~1.2km - 1.9 km
A very magical section! Forested, undulating, single track with beautiful smooth turns. Find your groove in this section and just go with it!
Chatty Girl Escape No.1 ~1.9km - 2.5 km
Forested, single track, zig-zagging downhill with ~45m/148' total descent. In the daylight you can spot the runners in front of you and peg them off one by one.
Single Again ~2.5km - 3 km
New Section as of 2013! Description coming but basically, it's more single track. In the meantime, it's a wee climb, all single track that ends in a section we have YET to clear out/machete by race day!
New photo of this section coming too!
dirty boy/Muscle Boy Duel ~3km - 3.2km
A turn left into the forest from the double track leads to a not-too-long, steep, single track climb. Continue to follow the path, eventually crossing the double track path again and into another single track section (i.e. Earth Girl's High).
Earth Girl's High ~3.2km - 3.9 km
A deceivingly tough section with short, steep pitches and many twists and turns. Be sure to watch out for the hunter's platform on the right about midway through the forest. Runners have been known to crawl up the platform & rest some years.
dirty girls' Alley ~3.9km - 4.5km
Wide, unforested (yet overshadowed by tall trees) double track. Watch your markings as you enter this section as there are a number of feeder double track trails. You'll follow the near-edge of the escarpment, winding your way to the right and eventually hitting the 4k aid station. Continue on the double track route that goes off to your left. Fairly flat.
Lover's Leap ~4.5km - 4.9km
Pop into the bush again, following the single track trail on your left a few hundred metres down from the aid station. This section is also fairly flat. This section was added in 2012 and shows evidence of the logging that took place in many parts of the forest. Pay attention to tree stumps at night. If you can muster up the energy to travel to the edge (of the escarpment, not life, it's only a race dear friend), check out the absolutely amazing views from here.
Chatty Girl Escape No. 2 ~4.9km - 5.5km
Follow the markers, making almost a wide U-turn on the open area atop the escarpment. You'll start to descend on the gravel road before shooting back into the wide, packed trails on your left to complete your quick descent down the escarpment. Be careful on this section as there are some rolling hills and runners have been known to pick up a fair bit of speed. Total descent is ~52m/171'.
dirty runners' pain ~5.5km - 6.2km
When you come out of the trails & hit the gravel road again you'll see the markers make you do another U-turn, heading back up the escarpment. Like many "uncovered" or unforested sections, there's a fair bit of shade from overhanging trees. Depending on the season, this road can be very rudded. Race crew also use this road to travel to/from the 4k aid station. It's a long, gradual uphill climb that is runnable. Total ascent is ~44m/144'. A short, steep pitch marks the final ascent onto the escarpment.
dirty boy's confusion ~6.2km - 7.4km
Once atop the escarpment, you'll head left and take your first single track trail on your left. This forested section is a mix of quick little pitches and lots of twists and turns. It can get confusing with all the zigzagging as you'll see other runners going in different directions. Eventually the single track will lead you down the escarpment. You can really "rip it up" in this technical section. Be weary of sharp turns, trees in the middle of the path & nasty roots sticking out of the ground. You'll know you're just about done when you hit a crappy camber that can be very slippery in nasty conditions (i.e. the usual downpour that dirty girls is known for). A short, quick descent & you're onto the floor of the escarpment. God I love this rotten little section!
beer gut boys' a singin' 7.4km - 8.03km
The path leads you on a fairly wide C-turn back up a hill (yes, after all that single track hill work). It's mostly tree-covered double track back to the start. Once atop the hill, you've done your last climb of the loop. Let your legs loose & just sail down the wide open dirt hill. You can really pick up some speed here - maybe a bit too much in fact! Veer left at the bottom of the hill, follow the markers right where the path v's, follow a slight rise & voila - you'll have the start/finish in sight. It's quite rejeuvenating to re-enter the start/finish with all the tents, toilets, people, aid station & basically, civilization in front of you. Grab your stuff, don't stop for long & head right back out for more dirty awesomeness!
AWARD CATEGORIES (Top)
We've changed our award structures with our smaller field of runners starting in 2013:
12hr, 24hr, 48hr - 1st, 2nd, 3rd Female and 1st, 2nd, 3rd Male
dirty girl Awards & OUS Points
To qualify for an age category award in one of the dirty girls awards ceremonies, you must run 48 km in the twelve hour event, 80 km in the twenty-four hour event and 120 km in the 48 hour event. For the OUS points series, any distance qualifies you for points in the 12, 24 and 48 hour events.
Note: Marshaled distances (i.e. 2 km, 4 km & 6 km points) only count in the last 30 minutes of the race, i.e. 7:30-8 a.m. on Sunday.
BELT BUCKLES (Top)
48 Hour AWARD
Runners that do 200km will receive the largest "dirty girl" belt buckle.
Runners that do 100 miles will receive the second largest "dirty girl" belt buckle.
Anything less, a medal.
For your viewing pleasure, the 24 hour dirty buckle:
48 hours - Thursday August 8 AFTER 3 p.m. for tent setup
All other races - Friday August 9 AFTER 3 p.m.
Race kit pickup
48 hr - Thursday August 8 after 6 p.m. or Friday August 9, 6:30 a.m. till race start
24hr - Friday August 9 after 6 p.m. & again on Saturday August 10 from 6:30 a.m. till race start
12 hr - Same as 24 hr AND 6 - 8 p.m. Saturday August 10
48 hr - Friday August 9, 8 a.m.
24 hr - Saturday August 10, 8 a.m.
12 hr - Saturday August 10, 8 p.m. (Yes - this is a NIGHT race!)
24 hour racers - Pacers allowed after 8 p.m. on Saturday.
48 hour racers - Pacers allowed after 8 p.m. on Friday. You are ALSO allowed pacers during the day on Saturday (and Saturday night). You MUST ensure that you and your pacer leave room on the trails for other racers to pass.
The 12 hour race IS NOT ALLOWED PACERS.
For 24 and 48 hour runners, please have your pacer sign a waiver upon arrival. Pacers can lead or follower their runner. Pacers may not provide physical support to their runner (i.e. no leaning, no pulling, no teathering). Pacers may not carry gear for their runner. Pacer is allowed to provide service to their runner at aid stations (5k and start/finish). No other devices are allowed to aid the runner EXCEPT poles, which all racers may use.
Please note that any runner that is reported to receive additional aid during sanctioned race hours will be disqualified. Including the 32k, the nature of an ultra race is to complete an arduous physical pursuit under one's own power. Additionally, it is unfair to other runners who finish without aid, except as allowed and outlined in the rules above.
Aid Stations (Top)
Past technical gear:
Registration Fees (Top)
Fees include H.S.T. - ya, even ultra dudes are taxed. HST #84292 2668 RT0001
|By April 30th
||May 1st - August 8th
Drop Bags (Top)
This service is available for all 12, 24 and 48 hour runners.
CLEARLY mark your ONE drop bag with your first and last name and leave it at the portable at the start/finish by 7:15 a.m. on race morning/7:15 p.m. on Saturday for 12 hour runners. Return of drop bags for runners that drop early will occur in coordination with water refill runs throughout the day/evening.
Directions / Accomodations (Top)
Mansfield Outdoor Centre - http://www.mansfieldoutdoorcentre.ca/
B&B in the Mansfield area - http://www.bbcanada.com/ontario/greater_toronto_area/mansfield
We are ~45 minutes south-west of Barrie and~45 minutes north-east of Orangeville
Driving - GOOGLE MAP
Tents are setup along the start/finish. Please let us know if you have a campervan/RV as special provisions must be made.
dirty girls run is a tough, single & double track 5 mile/8 k looped course with aid stations 4k apart. Temperatures can range from 28 celcius & 94% humidity during the day to 13 celcius at night. Add these conditions to a very rooty, hilly course and dirty girls becomes deceivingly tough. In 2011, only 37% of entrants in the 24 hour made 120 kms (the buckle benchmark). We DO NOT ask for minimum qualifying standards, however we HIGHLY RECOMMEND the following as guidelines:
|Race||Recommended Qualifier - Other Races||Recommended Qualifier - dirty girls Race|
24 hour (80k)
|24 hour||12 hour (50k)
|12 hour||6 hour (32k)
48 Hour Runners
48 hour runners especially should be aware of the potential health and safety issues they could face at the dirty girls race: extreme fatigue, hyponatremia, over heating and dehydration, nausea and vomiting, cramping to name some of the most common ultra-related occurrences.
To maintain adequate health and safety among participants, the following guidelines will be implemented for 48 hour runners:
1. Weigh-in. The rule of maintaining your body weight within a 3% range will be generally followed throughout the race.
2. We will also record:
a. Name(s) of crew leaders as your primary point of contact, if any.
b. Rough outline of your race plan. We are most interested in any scheduled breaks or planned early finishes. At the same time, we will record the location of your tent/vehicle so that we know you are not lost on course or injured and require assistance in the forest, or if you have left the premises entirely.
Mandatory health check points where you will be weighed and your general condition assessed:
48 hour racers
- 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (Friday)
- 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. (Saturday)
- 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (Saturday)
- post-race (no weigh-in)
Please have ONLY your crew leader (if you have a crew) attend the check-in.
Your crew leader should be responsible for recording your fluid and food intake as well as behaviours such as frequency of and changes in urination, vomiting etc. In the absence of crew, you will be responsible for communicating this information with race staff at the checkpoints. Be aware that if you appear in a compromised state and are unable to communicate information that shows you are taking in proper fluids/foods, you will be required to take a break until your condition improves.
If your weight has fluctuated between 3% and 5%, we will caution you and/or your Crew Leader and go over potential strategies to improve your condition.
If your weight has fluctuated more than 5% since your last weigh-in, you will be required to take a MANDATORY BREAK. Along with your Crew Leader (if any), we will go over potential strategies to improve your condition. You will be allowed to return to the course upon showing improvement.
As noted above, you MUST check-in with us when you declare the finish of your race (alternatively, when the race distance closes). At this point, there is NOT a weigh-in, but along with your Crew Leader (if any), we want to make certain that you are in a stable condition to leave. The general finish process should be:
1. Check-in at Health/Safety tent one last time;
2. Hydrate/Replenish electrolytes;
3. Eat if possible (breakfast is served approximately one hour after the race ends);
4. Rest. The campground is OPEN for as long as you need to rest on the Sunday, post-race. Race organizers are ALWAYS the last to leave.
Please familiarize yourself and your Crew with the Question & Answer section with Dr. Lisa Bliss on the Western States page for information on common ultra-related running issues:
Another excellent guide to help detect electrolyte/hydration issues:
Past Results (Top)
Note 1: The course was modified in 2010 and 2012
Note 2: dirty girls' races are part of two point series: The OUS and The Trophy Series. Official
results are posted below and shared with ONLY these two series.
2012 (west-east direction)
48 hour - Jeff Ashizawa 233 km, Kimberley Van Delst 161 km - Results
24 hour - Lisa Van Wolde163 km, Glen Redpath 187 km - Results
12 hour - Dawn Hamel 86 km, Derrick Spafford 98 km - Results
6 hour - Kat Clewley 56 km, Ed Housel 64 km - Results
32k - Tanya Porcellato 2:46, Mike Tickner 2:20 - Results
2011 (west-east direction)
24 hour - Lisa Van Wolde140km, Todd Mickolwin 150km - Results
12 hour - Melanie Boultbee 75km, Corey Smith 85km - Results
6 hour - Christine Torres 47.5km, Marc Pelosse 57.5km - Results
30k - Tanya Porcellato 2:54, Mike Tickner 2:23 - Results
2010 *New Course & east-west direction
24 hour - Jen Smith 132km, Ryan O'Dell 170km - Results
12 hour - Laurie McGrath 97.8km, Charles Johnson 92.5km - Results
6 hour - Charlotte Vasarhelyi 45.1km, Peter Taylor 57.8km - Results
30k - Jade Penwright-Holmes 3:01, Mike Tickner 2:23 - Results
24 hour - Sue Lucas 170km, Robert Gryfe 167.5km - Results
12 hour - Iris Cooper 100km, Glen Redpath 120km - Results
6 hour - Lisa Leskien 62.5km, Adam Hill 72.5km - Results
30k - Joan Matthews 2:33, Mike Tickner 2:06 - Results
6 hr Team - 65 km
Leslie Evans, Peter Taylor
24 hr Team - 172.5 km
Scott Garrett, Tim Camick
2008 - Results
24 hour - Theresa McGrath 180km, Jim Orr 195km
12 hour - Lisa Leskien 110km, Geoff Linton 110km
6 hour - Charlotte Vasarhelyi 57.5km, Paul Chenery 60km
6 hr Team - 72.5 km
Chantal Warriner, Krista Bolyea, Tiia Dolson
12 hr Team - 80 km
Paul Bowen-smith, Nanette Bowen-smith
24 hr Team - 217.5 km
Laury HIckling, Trevor Hickling, Kim Pagliaro,
Hilda Barton, Wayne Barton
2007 - Results
24 hour - Laurie McGrath 177.5km, Jim Orr 175km
12 hour - Iris Cooper 92.5km, Geoff Linton 102.5km
6 hour - Tammy Whitehead 43km, Rick Mcdowel 58km
6 hr Team - 62.5km
Leisha Ostrowski, Christoper Gittens, Richard Pady,
Dirk Huyer, Heather Pady
12 hr Team - 127.5 km
Barb Campbell, Rich Ehrlich, Paul Hingorani, Tim Grant
2012 Photos - By Rene Garneau
2011 Photos - By Rene Garneau
2009 Photos - by Tony Power
|Jane Samarelli's Photos||Liz M's Photos|
|Mark Coate's Photos||Barber's Photos|
|Tony Power's Photos|
|Kinga & Stephan Miklos' Photos|
|Tony Power's Photos|