The latest trend in fitness goes beyond the typical 5K run or basic triathlon. Fitness obstacle races are popping up all over the country urging athletes to challenge their fitness levels in a fun, new way.
Standing out among these events is the Warrior Dash, the world’s largest obstacle race series. The Warrior Dash launched its first obstacle race in 2009, which sold out and initiated a wave of requests for more events. As a result, a national tour was born and to date, nearly two million participants have tackled the course.
The Warrior Dash makes the typical 5K race look like a walk in the park. Participants, or “Warriors,” face obstacles that include fire, mud, water, and lots of climbing. Each race is 3-4 miles long and includes 12 obstacles, which can be viewed on the Warrior Dash website. New in 2014 is the largest obstacle in Warrior Dash history, “Goliath.”
As a reward for all their hard work, participants can enjoy live music, beer, food, contests, and activities in the post-race festival area.
The inspiration behind Warrior Dash was to provide athletes of all abilities with a 5K experience they would never forget. But the program also serves to make a difference. Warrior Dash has a national partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Participants are encouraged to raise funds for St. Jude. Warriors raising over $300 gain exclusive access to a VIP area at the site of the race complete with private showers, catering, and a private lounge. Since 2010, this partnership has helped raise more than $10.2 million for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Participants of Warrior Dash must be 14 years of age and sign a participant waiver. Each Warrior 21 and over receives a free beer after finishing the course.
Warrior Dash continues to bring new obstacles and experiences to participants every year. It is held on more than 50 challenging terrains across the world, including the United States, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and Mexico.
“Warrior Dash creates an experience participants will never forget,” says Lauren Gardner, representative from event-production company Red Frog Events©. “They tackle the Battleground, test every muscle in their body, then cross the finish line and become a Warrior.”
Events like Warrior Dash show people that fitness can be fun. They are more about the experience than determining who’s the best or most fit. Warrior Dash provides people with the opportunity to say, “I did that. I beat that course. I’m a Warrior.” No matter what level of athletic ability, participants can feel good about their accomplishments, and about raising money for a good cause. In the end, that’s a day to remember.
Are you ready to become a Warrior? To find out more information and find an event near you, visit WarriorDash.com.