Merrell Renews Sponsorship of Down & Dirty Mud Series

Merrell extended its multi-year deal with Michael Epstein Sports Productions (MESP) as title sponsor of the Merrell Down & Dirty National Mud and Obstacle Series presented by Subaru. Since the series’ premiere in 2010, thousands of athletes have taken on the military-inspired courses across the country. The 2012 tour responds to the growing demand and popularity of mud runs by increasing to ten markets across the country.

This year’s events will kick off in Los Angeles on April 15th followed by Miami (May 6), Chicago (May 20), Dallas (June 3), Denver (June 24), Philadelphia (July 15), Detroit (August 26), New York (September 30), Atlanta (October 14), and Sacramento (October 28).

Racers will compete on either 5K or 10K courses that include military-style obstacles, mud crawls, and new strength challenges for the 2012 season.

Even the littlest enthusiasts can partake in the fun with an Adventure Kids one-mile mud run or a shorter adventure dash, all ending in the massive mud pit to crawl to victory. In addition to the off-road adventure, the series has raised over $100,000 for Operation Gratitude, a non-profit organization that sends personalized care packages to military personnel deployed overseas. For more information and to register visit

The inaugural year of the series brought mud to the masses in 4 cities. The 2012 tour responds to a growing demand and will bring the muddy adventure to 10 markets. Many of last year’s events sold out and doubled in participation since the inaugural year in 2010.

For more information on the Merrell Down & Dirty National Mud and Obstacle Series presented by Subaru and to register to get down & dirty in a city near you, visit 

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