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Dances With Dirt Hell Race Review

Posted on 25 April 2011

The 18th annual Dances With Dirt Hell will commence, Saturday September 24th at Pinckney State Park, Half Moon Lake-Lower Beach Area, Hell, MI.  Complete details can be found at

Randy Step is the creator and founder of the Dances With Dirt Series and has been an endurance athlete for decades. The 50M & 50K Ultras will start at 6:15AM.  It will be dark – flashlights/headlamps are highly recommended.  September is a great time to run in MI.  Temperatures generally range from lows in the 40s to highs in the 60s with low humidity.

Please visit for relevant prices and deadlines.  Registration includes a unisex technical shirt, unlimited course support/well stocked aid stations, finisher medals, age group awards, great post race spread!

The mud, hills, adventure of it all in a party-like while maintaining a competitive and supportive atmosphere. Great medal, shirt and food. Courses are tweaked every year based on weather/trail conditions and feedback from past participants.  The relay sells out early every year but registration for the ultra events is generally open through race weekend.

Ultra runners are given their own pizza upon completion of their event as well as a 2-liter of soda.

The Ultra Events have seen steady growth over the years.  Most athletes come from MI, IN, OH, WI.  The Detroit Metro Airport, is approximately 1 hour from the race venue. There are hotels and camping close to the start of the race; Please visit for complete details. Grocery stores can be found within 10 miles of the race location and there is cell phone coverage in the area.

Many activities are available in the area, including hiking; swimming, cycling…all the park has to offer. The race starts and finishes in the same area. There are plenty of bathroom facilities and no traffic issues to be concerned with.  The course is clearly marked mostly with ribbons and signs. Aid stations are plentiful and well stocked – PBJ, GU, electrolyte replenishments, pretzels, cookies, more…

To train for this race, use Trails, hills, running through water…and you might want to practice your bushwhacking skills a bit! First Timers should pay attention to the course markings NOT the person in front of you. No music. Have fun, maintain a sense of humor and enjoy the beauty of the park. Race photography by

Runners are encouraged to pick up their packets on Friday, and there will be stuff (especially from our sponsor, Saucony) for purchase.

The adventure and beauty of the course, which requires true grit and a sense of humor. Your own pizza and 2 liter at the finish along with a custom finisher medal – what more could you ask for?!

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