VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Some local runners say a mud run in Virginia Beach called the Dirty Dash lived up to its name.
Several runners called 10 On Your Side after they got an itchy skin condition called Scabies. They believe it happened during the race.
“I expected I was going to get dirty,” said Suffolk’s Greg Durick.
Of course Durick knew he would get dirty; that’s what usually happens at mud runs. And the race on Sunday was his first.
“We all decided we would get a team together and go,” Durick said.
“Wednesday morning, my girlfriend noticed it and asked me if I had been bitten by anything at night,” Durick said. “It was really itchy. The little red bumps are almost like a mosquito bite, but it spreads.”
The bumps only got worse, so Durick and his girlfriend went to the doctor and heard something they weren’t expecting: “They said it was definitely scabies.”
Scabies is a skin infection caused by a tiny mite that burrows under the skin. Durick wondered where he got it until he started talking to friends who also ran the Dirty Dash.
“Everybody I ran with, that’s what they were diagnosed with,” Durick said.
On the Dirty Dash Facebook page, runners started posting about itchy sensations. They had bumps on the legs, stomach and hands.
While Durick is busy with creams to kill the mites and bagging up anything he came in contact with, 10 On Your Side decided to contact the Dirty Dash organizers. We got an email response:
Thanks for your email. We had a very positive response to our first Dirty Dash event in Virginia Beach on Sunday. We appreciate the support of all of our runners who came and had a fun morning with us. A few people have contacted us after the race saying they developed a rash. While we do not know the cause of the rash, the health and safety of our participants is our top concern. We’re staying in touch with participants and checking in with the venue to see if we can figure out the cause. We apologize, and we will do all we can to ensure safety at our Virginia Beach event.
“It is not as bad on you,” Durick said. “What’s worse is what you have to do get to rid of it.”
Doctors say scabies is extremely contagious and everyone who comes in contact with it needs to be treated. It’s best to wash your clothes, bedding, towels and washcloths. If you can’t wash something, seal it in a plastic bag for at least a week.