Race Review: Warrior Dash

First off, I’d like to welcome the person that found my site through the search query, “what do you look like when your 6 weeks pregnant.” I’m happy to have you here! Although, I hope you did not find what you were looking for.

Now onto the race.

If you didn’t see my first post on the Warrior Dash, go ahead and click HERE.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, the Warrior Dash is a 3 mile race with 12 obstacles throughout that are similar to a boot camp. Their slogan is Mud, Sweat, and Beers. So, it’s a fun, challenging race that even has a costume contest (the group dressed up as Street Fighter won) and best beard contest for participants.

A couple things to know if you ever do this race:

  • Unless you’re going through one of the obstacles, the terrain is either dirt or grass – or both. So, you need to watch where you’re going. I had a near face plant.
  • You don’t want to hold anything during this race because it will get dirty or destroyed. They have a Gear Check area but we just kept everything in the car.
  • And for the love of sweet baby Jesus, bring a change of clothes.

Now for the fun stuff.

We got into the 3:30 wave and waited about 15 minutes to start.

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Once we were off, we ran about a quarter mile until we started hitting obstacles.

Meow. Check out the costumes to the right.

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THE OBSTACLES

  • Trudging through muddy water.

Pebbles and Bam Bam to the right finished about the same time we did.

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  • Running through knee-high muddy water.

Best to keep your mouth shut here. Trust me.

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  • Running over hail bails.

The faster you run, the less you have a chance of sinking.

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  • Rolling under barbed wire.

Hubs said it wasn’t “real” barbed wire before the race started, so I made sure I got a picture of this:

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After rolling (or ducking in this chicks case) under barb wire, we had to jump wooden walls. Duck and jump! This was tiring.

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There was a lot of running through mud.

Double knot those shoes, cuz you’ll lose them.

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  • Balance beam walk.

Much harder when your shoes are caked with mud.

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  • Climbing up and then down the backside of a rope wall.

That is higher than you’d expect so I was a total wimp and went super slow on the way down.

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  • Jumping over logs.

Probably the easiest obstacle. I really thought the water would be higher too.

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  • Mud crawl.

Can you see the canopy? That’s all deep mud in there. We had to crawl through that, and it was DARK and they had low beams you really had to watch out for.

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  • “Tightrope” climb.

That’s hub’s butt.  *cat call!*

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  • Running through one of the last obstacles, which was the “typhoon.”  Basically a muddy lake with a big fan blowing.

Not very typhoony if you ask me.

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  • At the end, we jumped over fire. That picture must not have come out because I didn’t get it back with the rest of my developed pictures.
  • There was also an elbow crawl under barbed wire in muddy water. My whole body, including the camera, were underwater there so I couldn’t’ get a picture. But I think race photos got both the fire jump and the elbow crawl.

So stay tuned for those gems when they are posted.

After the elbow crawl, you sprint to the finish. I’m pretty sure I high-fived about six spectators on the way to the finish line. LOTS of fan support from people who already finished the race which was SO awesome.

Here I am after the race and before the “Warrior Wash” behind me. Don’t get that water in your mouth whatever you do.

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We headed to the car to get out of our wet clothes.

Those socks were white.

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Still filthy but in dry clothes. Ahhhh…felt so nice. I never knew ears could get that dirty.

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The race was SO fun and different. It’s worth the wicked-awesome warrior hat alone. I would definitely do it again and the hubs is already deciding how he wants to dress up next year.

We headed back into the dash site to claim our well-earned free beer.

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We hung around for awhile and tried to get our finish times but our names weren’t listed. Oh well. Hopefully that’s not because we totally party crashed the 3:30 wave.

We headed back home after and exhausting but FUN day.

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31 Responses to Race Review: Warrior Dash

  1. Becky

    Quick turn around with those pics lady! Sure seemed like the theme of it is mud and barbed wire! 😉 Glad you had a fun and exhausting time and you finished and survived! 😉

  2. This whole thing sounds like a blast. You and the *hubs* sound like you’re such fun people!

  3. I sooo love these races!! hubs and I have done one and were signed up for a second until he got hurt…and yes I really did consider just dragging him 🙂 And I agree getting him to do other races is almost impossible!

  4. LoriV. (For the Run of It)

    I can think of very few things worse than being filthy. Ick. I would not do well with this race. I do not drink beer so that wouldn’t even be a perk I’d enjoy. I’m glad you enjoyed it, though. 😉 You’re a mad woman!

  5. That looks like a dirty good time 🙂

  6. Stacie@sugarandsneakers

    You got me seriously considering signing up for the one in Atlanta now…hmm.
    On a side note, I think I’ve already said it but you outfit is the cutest! I give you all the credit in the world for being able to run and complete obstacles with it! When I did a mud run, I think I wore less than a Victoria’s Secret model haha

    • You should do it! It is so fun it’s ridiculous. Definitely take a friend with you cuz that makes it so much better.
      Thanks for the outfit compliment. 🙂 There were a lot of guys shouting to me that they had the same outfit at home. LOL There were some funny costumes out there!

  7. stephanie

    More power to you guys and gals. I dont mind being muddy (cause its good for the skin) but running no thanks so god bless those who do!

  8. That looks ridiculously hard! You are so awesome for doing it!!!!

  9. That looks really difficult!! So impressive that you’re doing it!

  10. crazyrunninglegs

    I’m way too girly to do that. You would dragging me through the mud because I wouldn’t want to touch it. Hee! Looks fun though. I bet it’s really fun to watch the waves!

  11. 13point1miles

    There is a warrior dash coming to San Diego and now that I have seen those seriously awesome hats that you get, I think I am definitely going to sign up! It looks like SO much fun! P.S. Your hub’s hat is amazing! Looks like you guys had a blast!

  12. Your pictures are fantastic! I guess the waterproof camera is the way to go? I am terrified of the barbed wire and fire but also really excited for mine now. Looks like you guys survived unharmed, so nice job!

    • A lot of pictures came out blurry, which was disappointing but yes…you definitely need something waterproof if you take a camera. Also, mine had a large rubber band attached to it that I put around my upper arm when I went through the obstacles. (you definitely don’t want to be holding anything!)

  13. I’m running the Ohio Warrior Dash this summer (that’s how I found your blog). We’ve been trying to decide on costumes!

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  15. Frod

    Did your times post on the Warrior Dash website? Please let me know.

    BTW, I enjoyed reading your Warrior Dash posts.

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  17. Yaz

    Thanks for the recap! I’m doing it in 9 days in AZ! I definitely want to bring a disposable camera with me, which brand did you used? I was wondering how to carry it with me during the race and the rubber band is a great idea.

    • I went to Walgreens or CVS and they only had one brand. I think it was Kodak. I would have gotten Fuji Film if I was allowed to be picky. 🙂

  18. I just stumbled across your blog looking at other running blogs. I love your warrior dash pictures. I just did it 2 weeks ago in Ohio. Our course was almost entirely up hill! Your blog isgreat, I don’t find too many other blogs about running that are funny.

  19. Allison

    Hi, Paula. Love your blog. I am running my first Warrior Dash this Saturday in Kentucky. I just started running last July and clocked 370 in less than a year. I have done mostly 5Ks mixed with a few 10Ks and one 10 Miler in March. I am hoping this is more fun than hard work. It is likely to be a scorcher at my Noon wave. I raised $500 for St. Jude so they are allowing me to use their showers after the race. 🙂 Some questions: 1) Do they take pictures for you as you run through that you can purchase? 2) Are you sure costumes are appropriate? Debating whether to wear my Robin Superhero Costume (that yes I know it will get destroyed.) Great blog! Keep up the hard work and funny chatter. -Allison

    • Aww, thank you! It is definitely more fun than hard work. You will love it. So in answer to your Qs: 1) Yes, toward the end when you are jumping over the fire and then again when you are coming out of the water/mud pit and crossing the finish line. 2) Yes! Tons of people dress up (including me!). They even have a contest for the best costume, so wear that Robin costume proud! 🙂

  20. Marie Lyne

    Hey, great to hear another happy and excited person who has done the warrior dash, Im about to do my first dash in a couple of months, about 2 years ago, I use to weigh 125kgs. Im now 72kgs and am aiming to get to 60kgs, I have been going to gym but I never thougt I would attempt to something like this, but I know when I cross the finish line and get my medal I am going to cry with tears of joy and be so proud of myself, I am 41 and most of my family think I have rocks in my head or am going throug a mid life crisis, but I just want to proove to myself that I can do this challenge as it is completley out of ordinary comfort zone. Wish me luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Good luck! You will have so much fun. My husband hates running and he loved doing this race, so that says something. Also, I’m only 5 years younger than you. So, you’re only as old as you feel. 🙂

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