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Four Local Women Getting Dirty for a Good Cause

Pink Ribbon Warriors Dirty Girl Mud Run

Milwaukee, WI  The Dirty Girl Mud Run is unlike anything I’ve ever heard. So, I decided to volunteer to check it out and be a part of this female-only, 5K mud run designed for women of all fitness levels. The 11 military-inspired obstacles are fun and unique but with just enough hell to keep your palms a bit sweaty. And the entire event is designed to be organic and eco-friendly. In fact, many of the obstacles will be recycled back into the earth.

Think you’re a Dirty Girl? Well, I caught up with four Milwaukee women who will prove otherwise and all for a good cause.

The Pink Ribbon Warriors; Alta, Alana, Jamie and Jessica invited me to their team workout session as they prepare for the August 20, 2011 Dirty Girl event.  These ladies are serious; they brought along Maanaan Sabir a personal trainer who directed them through a grueling training routine that consist of running up and down this huge hill, sprints with weights, push-ups, and running up stairs. 

I was thankful that they had given me an opportunity to talk to them about the upcoming event, but, I felt bad watching them go through this boot camp type training and having to ask questions while they’re trying to catch their breaths.  So, I kept it short and to the point…

What do you want to get out of this event, I asked Jamie.  I really want to challenge myself and push myself; finally for the first time in a long time and do something that is good for me.

I asked Alana if she was into sports because she looks like a natural athlete, petit with a strong built, she stated yes, and I’m into running.  I run 5k’s on a regular and ran my first half marathon, in which she’s very proud of herself for accomplishing it in 2hrs 36min.

Trying to capture the essence of their workout was no joke; I took pride into watching them challenge themselves and each other.

Jessica was asked, how does she plan on taking on this race?  She responded one step at a time; there’s no time line for me. there’s just a finish line. So, as long that I can get their, I’ll just take one step and one minute at a time.

What I enjoy out of watching these women are the encouragement they get from Alta; she inspirers me and I know she inspire others.  She gets groups of her friends and other women together to workout and that’s because she believes that everybody deserves to feel good.  I think that’s what I get out of it, this natural high; just out of exercising myself, says Alta.  I feel younger and I feel that everyone wants that and everybody want to feel good and want longevity.  Everyone deserves a little bit of happiness and if you can get it through working out, than that’s what I’m all about. I love to see people wanting it and pushing towards doing their best and a lot of people do need that motivation.  I love to give encouragement. 

As women, we don’t think of ourselves as athletes, unless you’re playing a team sport such as basketball, volleyball or on a professional level.  I asked Alta does she consider herself an athlete.  She stated no, I don’t.  I do it for the love of it.  She was given the definition of an athlete taken from

Athlete–noun; a person trained or gifted in exercises or contests involving physical agility, stamina, or strength; a participant in a sport, exercise, or game requiring physical skill. 

She went on to say that she didn’t have any coordination when it came to team sports; therefore, she never considered herself an athlete.  Alta like many women is out there doing things they love such as working out, taking care of their bodies through exercise and involving themselves in physical activities.  I believe she now knows she’s an athlete; she has a gift of inspiring other women to join her in something she loves to do, working out and something she believes in…. a little bit of happiness.

If you want to see these four athletes compete; join them and thousands of other athletes at the 5K Dirty Girl Mud Run that will take place:

Date: Saturday, August 20, 2011
Time: 8:00 AM
Location: Milford Hills Hunt Club - W5670 French Rd Johnson Creek, WI 


Bernell Hooker

Bernell Hooker is the Founder and CEO of Images of Us (IOU) Sports; a non-profit organization that empowers girls and women through education and sports. "Think of yourself as an athlete. I guarantee you it will change the way you walk, the way you work, and the decisions you make about leadership, teamwork, and success." - Mariah Burton Nelson