Ready for Some Good & Dirty FUN?

It’s time to get down and dirty for the troops! The 2012 Merrell Down & Dirty Mud Run Series Presented by Subaru starts on April 15 in Los Angeles and zig zags across the country to a total of ten different cities, ending in Sacramento on October 28.

2011 Merrell Down & Dirty Mud Run

Operation Gratitude Volunteers at the 2011 Merrell Down & Dirty Mud Run, pictured left to right: Chris Pulos, Bob Donovan, Kimmie Lewkowitz and Carolyn Blashek.


Do you see Carolyn “The Boss” Blashek on the far right of this photo from last year’s Mud Run at Castaic Lake? She did ok…but she isn’t 100% covered in mud, and we think that’s just WRONG! Our challenge is this: Carolyn has pledged that she will get muddy from head to toe if we can raise $5,000 for Operation Gratitude through Team OpGrat! Go to this ActiveGiving link to make a donation online today: Support Team OpGrat!

Please help our dedicated team of volunteers reach the goal, and Carolyn will get down and DIRTIER than she did last year!

Still not sure what a mud run is? Check out this video from last year’s fun:


All the mud runs feature 5K and 10K off-road courses filled with:

  • Military-style Obstacles
  • Commanding cargo climbs
  • Wild water crossings
  • Mud, mud, and More Mud!
  • Post-race Food, Music and an awesome Tech Tee

Questions? Visit the Mud Run FAQ page here or send us an email: opgrat@gmail.com. As always — THANK YOU for your support!

P.S. If you have photos you’d like to share from last year’s Merrell Down & Dirty Mud Run, please send them to us via email – opgrat@gmail.com – and we will pin our favorites on a new Operation Gratitude Pinterest “pin board.”

About Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, plus personal letters of appreciation, to Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors, Care Givers and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas. Our mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Active Duty and Veteran communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to say "Thank You" to members of our Military. Each package contains donated product valued at $75-100 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than One Million Care Packages.
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3 Responses to Ready for Some Good & Dirty FUN?

  1. Sounds like fun to be!

  2. ssgt leslie says:

    sorry not going to be able to volunteer at the ny event, it is a jewish holiday for me. i do wish all the best of luck…

  3. ssgt leslie says:

    looks like fun…

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