This past weekend we participated in our 6th Warrior Dash. While it has become a bit of a spring time tradition, I had mixed feelings after this one. Lets start with the positives, as there were many. First off, the group of people we go with each year keeps getting bigger and bigger. We went with an awesome group of people who made the event a blast. Dawn along with several friends, including members of her classes ran as team "Fifty Shades of Dirty." Unfortunately the guys, with the exception of Jeremy, The Golfer, could not come up with a costume. We have said before, good people = good times no matter the situation and this was very true Saturday.
The course itself was also a positive. It was a very fun and possibly challenging trail with several steep hill climbs and descents. They had many of the traditional obstacles but some new, more challenging ones, thrown in as well. The mud pit at the end was more like quick sand than mud and was responsible for the loss of several shoes. The post race wash was a big improvement from years past. Instead of being hosed down by people standing on top of a large tanker truck we each got our own hose to clean up with. The post race festivities were also fun, with a decent classic rock band and then a DJ who was doing a great job of combining the old with the new.
On the negative side, the Warrior Dash is billed as a tough mud run, however, this years dash proved to be more a test of patience than fitness. The organizers changed their starting format and were letting heats of several hundred people off every 15 minutes. This led to bottle necks at each obstacle and waits of ten to fifteen minutes at almost every one. Trying to get up and over a 20 ft wall is a very different and much easier experience when you have been standing there waiting for ten minutes as opposed to running hard. We even skipped the water slide as the wait there was nearly 30 minutes. I get that the organizers want to make money, but it just seemed that event was way over booked.
Lets end on one more positive, the announced crowd was more than 12 thousand people and the popularity of these types of events, whether they be mud runs, color runs, zombie runs, etc. keeps growing. I know that many in our group made a conscious effort to train for the event and most are motivated to maintain that hard earned fitness. Signing up for and completing these type of events are a great way to stay motivated in your fitness plan. So as frustrated as I was with the crowds on Saturday, we will most likely run a seventh.
|Some of the ladies post race, most had already washed off|