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Reflections on Dirty Dash

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By Team Hally Supporter and K-State Women’s Basketball Player, Ashley Ray

This is Ashley Ray from the Kansas State Women’s basketball team.

My team and I are thrilled to reflect on our experience with the 2019 Team Hally Dirty Dash. Every year the team, coaches, and I are invited to an amazing event hosted by the Yust family. This remarkable family created this event to honor their daughter, Hally.

The Yust family always shares stories with us on how interested in basketball Hally was, and that her dream was to play for the Kansas State Women’s basketball team. Hally and her family are a very strong family of faith and have always devoted their lives to giving back. Hally also loved sharing Christ with those in need through serving at Center of Grace in Olathe, Kansas, raising money to give Bibles in Haiti, running in marathons, and giving money to any charity that she could. We are so inspired by Hally’s story and how much she accomplished at such a young age.

This event is not only one of the many highlights of our schedule, it is one of the most enjoyable, interactive venues we are fortunate enought to visit every year. The Dirty Dash is exactly what it sounds like: the Yust family mows down a 2.5-mile course filled with various jumps, mud crawls, a mud slide, and especially a small pond contestants must cross to get to the next obstacle in the course.

Volunteering at this event is so rewarding to not only give back, but to see our head coach run in the race. After crossing the finish line, Coach Mittie is caked in mud and splattered with paint. While we all stand and laugh at the free entertainment, he chases after us to try to give us all a really big, muddy hug.

Being a junior at K-State and having experienced the Dirty Dash event for three years, the crowd of people who show up to participate never fails to amaze me. So much joy and hard work goes into this event and it truly shows with the people that are on hand to support it every year.

My teammates and I have really enjoyed getting to know Hally’s family and friends through the years and have created eternal friendships with everyone involved.

As of 2019, the Yust family has officially adopted the Kansas State Women’s basketball team. I would like to say that having your life impacted in such a positive way by a little girl that you never met, is a powerful thing. The Yust family will forever be a part of the K-State family and Hally will always be protected by the Cats. #GoCats

Why We Make Time to Get Dirty

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by Team Hally Supporter Stacy Graber

The Dirty Dash is a blast! It’s a time to come together for a good cause, run with a team or friends, hear about God’s love, and have a sense of encouragement along the course — whether you are first, last or volunteering.

The Dirty Dash is a fun obstacle course/mud run. There are families who participate together, as well as co-workers and groups of friends. The K-State Women’s Basketball team comes to run and help with many of the obstacles. The day is divided into an adult run and a kids’ run. The kids’ run is for kids less than 13 years old, and features a shorter path.

The adult run is about a 2.5 mile route. It features many obstacles such as Autumn’s web, a plank walk, a creek you jump across, a smoky hill, a pond swim and Trent’s tiring tires – a tire obstacle course.

Some of the obstacles in the kids’ run are climbing hay bales, crawling through small spaces, and doing a mud crawl.  The main obstacle is the mudslide; it’s a crowd favorite. Participants slide down the tall, wet slide and splash-land into a huge pit of mud. It’s a very slushy and very soupy mud.

“We really like that we get to spray the adults with the chalk paint, but we get dirtier than the adults,” says Makenna (one of Stacy’s daughters).

“I like doing the mud crawl, mud slide and everything mud-related,” Lydia (another of Stacy’s daughters) replied when asked what she liked.

Naomi also mentioned that she likes that the event isn’t super competitive and overall it’s a very fun run!

We are so thankful to be part of the Dirty Dash and love to fit it in our schedule each year. On top of having fun, we appreciate the purpose of Team Hally and how the Dirty Dash reaches that purpose to share God’s Word, love God’s people, and encourage God’s people. What better way to do that than listen to Parker Yust share about pressing on toward the prize and being together in a race, while cheering each other on.

Team Hally has made the Dirty Dash free to participate, but we encourage you to raise donations for this cause as well. Every $150 buys a case of bibles. These bibles are used to distribute to kids at Vacation Bible Schools in the summer and are given to those that may not have one. This year Team Hally raised more than $30,000 through individual and team fundraisers.

My son Preston ran the race with a friend, and he says, “It’s fun to have a friend to run by your side so that you can encourage one another when you get tired.”

Be sure to save the date for next year! Grab a friend and come join in the experience! Be blessed!

Team Hally Dirty Dash 2019

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Dirty Dash Funds Exceed $30,000

Many Thanks to Our Supporters! More than 400 people came out to get dirty and cheer on the runners/walkers at the September 21 Dirty Dash for Team Hally. Teams and individuals raised more than $30,000 to continue to fund Team Hally’s mission to distribute bibles. As you may imagine, we needed a lot of volunteers (thank you!) to make the day a success!

Special thanks to our Dirty Dash team captains and also to the K-State Women’s Basketball team for making the trek from Manhattan. Click to enjoy a video about the team’s involvement.

Please click for hundreds of photos from the Dirty Dash.

Plans are underway for Dirty Dash 2020. Watch TeamHally.org for the date and details!

Registration is Open for Dirty Dash

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September 21 is the date for Dirty Dash 2019!

We love to spread awareness and raise funds for Team Hally through the Dirty Dash event, a 2.5 mile mud run (and a fun run for kids too!).

Registration is free. Please click to register today to receive a free Dirty Dash t-shirt. Please note: you can register as a walker/runner, as an onlooker or as a volunteer.

We thank you for your participation in this annual event.

You can also donate to Team Hally to help ensure the ministry is able to purchase Bibles for 2019 and beyond. We thank you for your continued support.