You think you have what it takes to be a warrior? Are you fearless when it comes to barbed wire? Not afraid of a little mud (or a lot of mud)? Does traversing cargo nets, stampeding through a junkyard of cars, or jumping through fire sound like a piece of cake? Then the Warrior Dash, coming up on Saturday, September 12, is for you!
The gun went off and flames shot in the air as we surged into the woods. We started by running through a creek and began what seemed like an endless up hill climb. The first obstacle was the “deadweight drifter” which involved trudging through waist deep water and rolling over slippery logs. The icy cold water was a welcome relief from the heat!Next up … climbing over a junkyard of busted cars! After another short jog in the heat we had to use all of our upper body strength to pull ourselves up a knotted rope, over a wall and down the other side. Immediately, we were bombarded with a jungle of hanging tires and a crawl across tangled nets.After a few more obstacles involving lots of strength and balance, we came upon steps leading up to 20 foot high fire poles. We used our best moves to twirl around the pole on the way down! After another long uphill climb we came to the final big obstacle. We climbed up a net ladder and slide down a steep plywood board with no padding at our feet. Can you say knee buster?!At this point we could hear the cheers of the crowd at the finish line. We pressed onward until we came to the infamous wall of fire! Taking off at a sprint, we leapt over the flames feeling the heat beneath our feet! With the end in sight we began the slow crawl through a foot deep pit of mud covered in barbed wire.It was slow-moving as we did not want to splash the murky mud in our eyes! We emerged from the muck completely covered from head to toe with slimy mud. It felt awesome! Now, we could see the crowds cheering and it was time for the finale, a giant mudslide! We dove feet first and slid for what felt like an eternity. This was by far my favorite moment!