Flirt with the Dirt!

. June 28, 2013.

Want permission to play in the dirt? Get your chance at the fourth annual Flirt with Dirt 5K trail walk/run at Riverbend Recreation Area on July 13.

The event, organized by Blanchard Valley Hospital’s Rehab & Sports Medicine Program and the Hancock Park District, is a 3.1 mile USA Track & Field certified course that includes wood chipped and grassy areas. There are areas of asphalt, but unlike typical 5K races most of the route is unpaved.  Past participants have ranged in age from 8 to 93, and come from half a dozen states for the race.

“Eighty percent of it is on the walking and horse trails around Riverbend,” says Chris Webb, Director of Occupational Health and Rehabilitation Services at the hospital. “That makes it harder. You’ll probably run slower in a trail race than on asphalt because it is uneven and you are turning a lot.”

Registration is $25, with race tees while supplies last. Awards by age group, raffle drawings and refreshments are part of the fun. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Hancock Christian Clearinghouse and the patient scholarship fund at the Blanchard Valley Health Foundation.

Flirt with Dirt 5K, July 13 at Riverbend Recreation Area, 16618 TR 208. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and runners begin at 8:30 a.m. with walkers immediately after. Registration is $25 on race day or online at For more information contact Webb at