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Explore Cleveland in a new light. Test limits and boundaries. Put away the nice dress clothes and business attire and get out there and get dirty in one or more of the many competitions scheduled in Cleveland. Cleveland offers some of the best competitions in Ohio. Take advantage of one or more of these popular dirty competitions.

Tough Mudder
Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport
2000 Harrington Memorial Road
Mansfield, OH 44903
(419) 522-2191

Date: April 27 & 28, 2013 at 8 a.m.

This event separates the ordinary from the amazing. The race consists of up to 25 obstacles that cover an area of over 12 miles. Experience the coolness of wading through mud, the exhilarating rush of ice cold river water, the inferno of fire, and the excitement of senses through electrical shock that will test strength and endurance. Crawl though tunnels, climb over hills, swim under water and much more. Do you have what it takes to be a tough mudder champion?

The Riders 4 Relief National Onion Ring Eating Championship
Warehouse Steak N’ Stein
400 N. Whitewoman St.
Coshocton, OH 43812
(740) 622-4001

Date: May 26,2013

Dive deep into a bowl of some of best onion rings from Steak N’ Stein during this national eating contest. There are no limit to how many one can eat – the more the better. The Riders 4 Relief is a group of motorcyclists that sought out a cause. What better a cause than eating? Join the motorcyclist in Cleveland and ride to the quaint village of Coshocton to take the challenge for the championship and win a hefty prize and impressive trophy.

Cleveland Challenge: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race
Location: TBA
Cleveland, OH

Date: June 8, 2013 at 1 p.m.

Sometimes getting dirty doesn’t mean getting dirty on the outside. Get your brain dirty be taking the ultimate thinking challenge. Enjoy the 4th Annual scavenger hunt through the city of Cleveland. Set up to imitate that “Amazing Race”, this challenge will test ones knowledge by using puzzles, clues and trickery. Run across the finish line then enjoy great food and music. Partake in a crazy costume contest and win fantastic prizes.

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Mud & Grass Volleyball Dodgeball Tournament
Cuyahoga County Airport
Highland Heights, OH 44143
(216) 289-4111

Date: July 20, 2013 at 10 a.m.

Celebrate the 28th Annual most popular challenge in Cleveland. Thrash in a pit of mud while volleying a ball between teammates. Take deep dives near the boundaries to save the volleyball then stand up and sling a mud filled hand up to a neighbor for a high-five. After a fun filled game of volleyball, wash off and enjoy an even more competitive game of dodgeball on the wet grass. Dart back and forth, slipping on the slippery silvery grass to dodge the forlorn hit. This tournament is one that will not soon be forgotten.

Cleveland Ohio Dirty Girl Mud Run
Location: TBA
Cleveland, OH
(800) 370-0179

Date: July 20, 2013 at 10 a.m.

Leave the men and boys at home and enjoy this one day girl only event. Combine walking, running, climbing and crawling into one obstacle course that will change lives. This event will push limits and challenge every member. Sponsoring the National Breast Cancer Foundation, this event is not only about exertion, but about having a great time with friends and other women. Laugh, bound and connect.

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