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Warrior Dash is a mud-crawling, fi re-leaping, extreme run from hell. T is fi erce running serires is held on some of the most challenging and rugged terrain across the globe. Warriors conquer extreme obsta- cles, push their limits, and celebrate with kick-a** music, beer, and warrior helmets. T e craze hit the Lone Star State during


the spring of 2010, making its debut in Forney, Texas. Since then, thousands of Texans have fl ocked to the wild Warrior Dash weekend fi lled with fi re, obstacles, mud pits, and of course—beer! Since my husband is a track coach and


avid runner, it was a given that we were going to make the maiden voyage to the fi rst Texas Warrior Dash. I did think he was going a bit overboard growing out a full beard in pre- paration for the big day. “It’s just named ‘Warrior,’ darling; you don’t really have to look like one.” Little did I know. After pulling off of I-20 into a grass


pasture east of Dallas, participants and spec- tators caught a ride on fl at bed trailers pulled by farm trucks down to the race site. As we


approached the tree-lined gulley where the event was to take place, I took notice of the Flight for Life helicopter and emergency rescue crews. Not the most pleasant wel- coming committee, but I guess I was comforted knowing they were prepared. Now, I have been to numerous cross


country races across the United States, and I fancied myself somewhat of a veteran of navigating the race process, but nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to see that day. T e whole scene was the craziest


sight I had ever witnessed. My


husband had failed to tell me that this was a most wicked cross country course paired with Halloween enthusiasts, mixed with a bit of Woodstock. T ere was no shortage of creativity in the costume department — or the mud department. As it turns out, the race was one of the


most highly organized events we had been to. From check-in, to course navigation, to group showers with fi re-hoses, the event was well-planned and off ered lots of fun for runners and spectators alike. Unlike the highly competitive elite races who frown


upon novices, the Warrior Dash welcomes participants of all skill levels. T e website www.warriordash.com is


fi lled with videos, pictures, and information about how to make the most of your Warrior Dash weekend. Give it a try, and bring out


the inner warrior in you! • ● ● Texas Warrior Dash dates: Splendora March 17; DFW Adventure Park in Roanoke April 21-22; Cedar Creek November 10


What do I get?


1. Free beer* 2. Fuzzy Warrior helmet 3. Bad-a$$ Warrior Dash t-shirt 4. Custom Warrior Dash fi nisher medal 5. Live music 6. Post-race snack and water 7. Warrior Dash race bib 8. The pride that comes along with being a Warrior


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