DANVILLE, Va. -

Danville Parks and Recreation has received a state award for its efforts in promoting the Dirty Dan Dash mud run.

The Parks and Recreation department received the Best Promotional Effort Award at the Virginia Recreation and Park Society annual conference in Williamsburg.

The Dirty Dash mud run was new to the area in 2012, and it brought in around 200 competitors and numerous spectators to the River District last November, according to a news release.

The event is a 3.7 mile run through Danville’s River District, Dan Daniel Memorial Park and along the Riverwalk trail. The course features obstacles, challenges, and a mud pit.

In addition to the recent award, the race received recognition from the North Carolina-South Carolina Festival and Events Association for having the best t-shirt design.

According to a news release, the Danville Parks and Recreation department has also won Best New Program on multiple occasions, Best New Trail or Greenway, and is a six-time recipient of the Playful City USA recognition.