The Dirt Circuit

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Dirty Bird Events, LLC, a premier race management service company in East Tennessee, will host its second annual running of “The Dirt Circuit.” On Saturday, October 11, 2014, “The Dirt Circuit” will be held at Panther Creek State Park. The Dirt Circuit is a 12 or 24 hour trail race where participants run as far as they can in the 12 or 24 hour time period around a nearly 3 mile loop course. This can be done as an individual effort or in relay teams of 3 or 6. The top athletes will likely hit the 100 mile mark during the 24 hour race and 50 miles in the 12 hour race.

Last year’s running saw great numbers in participation with 17 total runners in the 12 hour and 16 in the 24 hour solo runs. In the 12 hour solo, Brian Pickett of Kingsport, TN took first place honors running 73.75 miles in the 12 hour time limit. For the ladies, first place honors went to Kathy Smith of Friendsville, TN with a total of 61.95 miles. In the 24 hour solo category, Steve Barber of Oak Ridge, TN, took top spot with a total of 100.3 miles and Misty Wong of Knoxville took first place female with 100.3 miles as well.

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Current registration numbers for this year’s edition is around 50 runners with a very good balance of 12 hour and 24 hour participants and including: two – 12hr 3 person relay teams, one – 24hr 3 person relay team, and one – 24hr 6 person team. Registration closes at noon on October 10, 2014. The race will start at 8am on Saturday morning in the soccer fields across from the playground and swimming pool area at Panther Creek State Park . The 12 hour runners will finish at 8pm with awards presented shortly thereafter. The 24 hour participants will finish their event at 8am on Sunday morning and awards presented immediately following.

Several sponsors have lined up to support the event including River Sports Outfitters in Knoxville, PowerBar, Hoka One One, The Stick, Gatorade, Road ID, Infinity Landscapes, and most importantly Tennessee State Parks. Representatives from Hoka One One will be in attendance for product demos. This year Hoka One One has laid down a challenge for any runner: any runner who runs 100 miles will receive a free pair of Hoka One One shoes of their choosing. River Sports representatives will be manning the aid station at base camp for the runners. Free dinners will be provided for all runners and volunteers on Saturday evening. Additionally, primitive camping will be available at Base Camp for Friday and Saturday night. Tent setup will be allowed starting at 3pm on Friday. All campers must be packed up by 11am on Sunday, October 12.

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Since its September 2012 inception, Dirty Bird Events has created several unique opportunities for people to get outdoors and push their limits. For two years now in the spring, the company has staged a two-day trail race, “War at Windrock,” which has concluded with a run through the wind farm atop Buffalo Mountain. New in 2014 was the acquirement of managing the famous Xterra Knoxville and Xterra Panther Creek off-road triathlons as well as hosting a family friendly event, “The Stroller Derby”.

Dirty Bird Events is consistently working toward attracting more beginners to the running community by providing support at weekly group runs, and encouraging athletes to show off their skills at the events. “We are not only building events, but the trail running community as well,” says avid trail runner Ryan Prout. The "Dirty Birds" also provide race management experience to other events that are hosted by other groups. “It is such a rewarding experience watching participants cross the finish line after doing what they thought was impossible." – Ani Roma

About Dirty BirdEvents, LLC
Headquartered in Knoxville, TN, Dirty Bird Events offers a full spectrum of comprehensive race management and consulting services, catering to the running and multi-sport communities. Dirty Bird Events is dedicated to providing memorable race experiences for everyone from the recreational to elite athlete, with a commitment to safety as a foundation for exceptional events.

Dirty Bird Events is committed to giving back to the community. Every Dirty Bird event generates proceeds and awareness for local charities and non-profits.

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