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Anyone here partake in a Warrior Dash?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 13, 2011 at 2:26 PM

I ran in one this Saturday at Skirmish USA (Paintball compound in PA). Besides being generally awesome and hilarious, I think it was probably the closest to a MovNat workout I've ever done. We ran thru knee deep mud, wadded thru a lake, ran down a river, climbed walls, jump barricades, ducked through big metal pipes, climbed over cars, etc.

I think I'll have trouble being entertained on a normal run now.

If you haven't done one, would you?

If you have, what did you think??

Alex from PaleoPax

PS - I ran in Vibram KSO Treks and I think it was to my advantage. Less likely to roll an ankle in the river, and they don't weigh 3 lbs more after the lake like my brothers sneakers did. Also a little more foot dexterity on the climbing portions.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

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on June 18, 2011
at 10:23 PM

That sounds awesome! Maybe we should have a pre-race meat-load meal? :)

967229edcc94a66580110324524feb49

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on June 18, 2011
at 05:08 PM

I'm looking to do the Oregon one as well! This would be my first year. Paleo meetup?

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on June 18, 2011
at 12:45 PM

awesome. one of the highlights for me and three guys i ran with (four man team) were the beautiful ladies running along side us dressed in all manner of cuteness: crossfit style with knee highs and all, pirates, bikinis, etc. Helps when you're in the suck of 60 burpees

25329057c9d5f6364a74787c8c2302e7

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on June 17, 2011
at 04:12 PM

curious as to why this was down voted? I could hazard a guess but I'd rather ask...

922038b6c0ca6a051cc4858218931456

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on June 16, 2011
at 05:11 PM

It's in Carrollton, OH on September 10. If you're at all familiar with Ohio it's near Dover and New Philadelphia. Think Northeast but not as far north as Akron/Canton and a bit further East. In HS I ran crosscountry in that area which was somewhat hilly, but I can't imagine it was nearly as hilly as Logan was a couple weeks ago.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on June 16, 2011
at 03:58 PM

Where is the Ohio Warrior Dash in September? My work filter won't let me look. That would be an awesomely fun road trip to Warrior Dash with other Paleo peeps.

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

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on June 16, 2011
at 03:58 PM

Oh bummer! You could be sporting one of these bad boys: http://www.warriordash.com/store/accessories_fuzzy-helmet.php

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on June 16, 2011
at 03:57 PM

Now, I totally need to do this. There was one scheduled this weekend near me, but it's on Father's Day and that made it a NO.

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

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on June 16, 2011
at 01:24 PM

Haha! Yep! It's pretty awesome!

922038b6c0ca6a051cc4858218931456

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on June 16, 2011
at 11:42 AM

True story! StephNY is shorthand that oen of my good friends came up with for me years ago, that's what happened. It does happen to be one of my favorite cities to road trip to, but nope, I'm a Buckeye through and through!

Eedf46c82d0356d1d46dda5f9782ef36

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on June 16, 2011
at 03:34 AM

The Mudder was awesome, very tough but also very cool. Everyone helps everyone, it's the Mudder Pledge. My next one is in October and I'm very much looking forward to it.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on June 16, 2011
at 03:27 AM

You are in Ohio? Not NY? Ohio is road trip distance!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 16, 2011
at 03:25 AM

Wait? It comes with a hat!? Damn.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on June 16, 2011
at 02:33 AM

Hey how was the mudder? I'm doing one in NJ in November. Lots of water right?

922038b6c0ca6a051cc4858218931456

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on June 13, 2011
at 07:40 PM

A TON of the people doing the Ohio, both days, walked the entire thing. Lots of older and unfit people. Just taking their time. It was a pain for those of us trying to run the whole thing, but shoot, they finished. And I agree, the fun adn camaraderie was the point of it. However, next time I'm running to beat a time, and still have fun.

25329057c9d5f6364a74787c8c2302e7

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on June 13, 2011
at 05:53 PM

There was a very very large woman walking it when I ran. She was about halfway through. Take a look at the results page. I managed to finish just under 40 minutes, but plenty of people took twice that long. I'm a hack runner, by no means serious, but I did finish a 10 miler a month ago. I think being tall and scrappy helped me get over and under the barriers quicker than most people. I highly recommend going for it regardless of your shape, as long as you can pace yourself, you will be fine.

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on June 13, 2011
at 04:32 PM

my husband was going to sign up for the warrior dash here in MA, and there was even a groupon for it last week or so. he was nervous not knowing anyone who had done it, so ill pass this info on to him! thanks!

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on June 13, 2011
at 04:01 PM

I'd say that anyone, barring obese and or handicapped people, could finish. Your time doesn't matter really - these are called "races" but the spirit I found to be one of camaraderie and fun and finishing more than "what's your time?!"

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on June 13, 2011
at 03:59 PM

For my race, which was exceedingly hilly (google tuxedo ridge NY), I'd say endurance was more of a factor than strength. I raced with my brother. He is all endurance from distance cycling and running; I'm all strength with zero running ever and all bar bell training. We both did well but I could not keep up with him up the first 1/4 mile uphill liquid mud portion. He just never stopped and I had to start walking at a certain point. Next time I'll actually train in some kind of running:)

19eedcc966e18e2864383fa53dcb80f6

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on June 13, 2011
at 03:18 PM

This sounds like a ton of fun... How much physical/athletic prowess do you think you need to compete in one of these? I have pretty good endurance but not a lot of strength, though I'm working on it, and I'd love to do one of these.

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24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on June 13, 2011
at 03:21 PM

I've done 2- wore my VFF Treksports and I can't recommend them enough (some people were losing shoes in the mud)! I've found both Warrior Dash events to be very organized- plenty of staff to keep things running smoothly, and plenty of porta-johns. Never had to wait in line for anything!

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A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on June 13, 2011
at 02:33 PM

I did the Warrior Dash here in Dallas a couple of months ago. It was OK! I mean, it seemed short, but it was fun!

I'll be honest, though, I did it for the hat ;-)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 16, 2011
at 03:25 AM

Wait? It comes with a hat!? Damn.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 16, 2011
at 03:57 PM

Now, I totally need to do this. There was one scheduled this weekend near me, but it's on Father's Day and that made it a NO.

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on June 16, 2011
at 01:24 PM

Haha! Yep! It's pretty awesome!

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on June 16, 2011
at 03:58 PM

Oh bummer! You could be sporting one of these bad boys: http://www.warriordash.com/store/accessories_fuzzy-helmet.php

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9426ef03e3049a66a128bcad3d8faf69

on June 18, 2011
at 11:25 AM

I will be doing my first Warrior Dash on the 31st of July in Flint, MI. I am soooo excited!!! Thank you all for the feedback. Some pretty informative info. I'll let you know how it goes. Oh yeah, did I mention there is about 20 of us girls going to dress as sexy pirates, so look for us! He he

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 18, 2011
at 12:45 PM

awesome. one of the highlights for me and three guys i ran with (four man team) were the beautiful ladies running along side us dressed in all manner of cuteness: crossfit style with knee highs and all, pirates, bikinis, etc. Helps when you're in the suck of 60 burpees

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Eedf46c82d0356d1d46dda5f9782ef36

(4464)

on June 13, 2011
at 04:32 PM

I haven't done the Warrior Dash - but I have done two Mud Runs (6+ miles) and one Tough Mudder (10+ miles). I LOVE the obstacle/adventure runs. I'm pre-registered for two more Tough Mudders and one Super Spartan (8 miles).

I find these to be a much more motivating way to spend money and stay in shape than a gym membership. Pre-registering keeps me with a constant goal ahead of me, a constant need to train and stay fit.

I totally agree with the previous posts about Vibrams for these runs.

Eedf46c82d0356d1d46dda5f9782ef36

(4464)

on June 16, 2011
at 03:34 AM

The Mudder was awesome, very tough but also very cool. Everyone helps everyone, it's the Mudder Pledge. My next one is in October and I'm very much looking forward to it.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 16, 2011
at 02:33 AM

Hey how was the mudder? I'm doing one in NJ in November. Lots of water right?

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F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on June 13, 2011
at 03:44 PM

Looking at my first one in Oregon in September. Thanks for the VFF recommendations! I never would've thought about them being appropriate.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on June 18, 2011
at 10:23 PM

That sounds awesome! Maybe we should have a pre-race meat-load meal? :)

967229edcc94a66580110324524feb49

(688)

on June 18, 2011
at 05:08 PM

I'm looking to do the Oregon one as well! This would be my first year. Paleo meetup?

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4fc1ff026a568f38d210af7ac0b2a8df

on June 13, 2011
at 03:07 PM

I've done 4 warrior dashes - LOVE them!! TONS of crossfit people there - my next is TN in Sept!

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922038b6c0ca6a051cc4858218931456

(392)

on June 13, 2011
at 02:44 PM

I did the first Ohio one a couple weekends ago. Wore my KSOs instead of my KSO Treks for the ease of quick draining. I think I would've preferred my Treks though as some portions of the trail that shouldn't have been muddy were, and the little traction of the KSOs was sometimes to my disadvantage.

Ohio's was mostly a trail run with almost all the obstacles in the last mile. The first two miles were an uphill majority with a lake "wade" in the middle. It was a good 5 feet deep and I swam through it and over the logs.

Some of the obstacles were way easier than I was expecting (ok, all with the exception of the horizontal cargo nets), but doing it with a group was fun.

So much fun that I'm looking to do the Ohio II in September, though I'm still waiting to hear from some friends on whether or not they'll do it with me. At least I now have a goal to beat.

However, the group I did it with, we all have signed up for the 2012 event already.

I also agree with Ben, part of the draw was the helmet! :)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 16, 2011
at 03:27 AM

You are in Ohio? Not NY? Ohio is road trip distance!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 16, 2011
at 03:58 PM

Where is the Ohio Warrior Dash in September? My work filter won't let me look. That would be an awesomely fun road trip to Warrior Dash with other Paleo peeps.

922038b6c0ca6a051cc4858218931456

(392)

on June 16, 2011
at 11:42 AM

True story! StephNY is shorthand that oen of my good friends came up with for me years ago, that's what happened. It does happen to be one of my favorite cities to road trip to, but nope, I'm a Buckeye through and through!

922038b6c0ca6a051cc4858218931456

(392)

on June 16, 2011
at 05:11 PM

It's in Carrollton, OH on September 10. If you're at all familiar with Ohio it's near Dover and New Philadelphia. Think Northeast but not as far north as Akron/Canton and a bit further East. In HS I ran crosscountry in that area which was somewhat hilly, but I can't imagine it was nearly as hilly as Logan was a couple weeks ago.

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B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

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on June 13, 2011
at 02:37 PM

Doing the MA one on the 26th. After that it's the Sunday River Tough Mountain Challenge 5k on July 23, then the Spartan Beast on August 6, then the Spartan Sprint in MA on Aug 26. Should be a fun summer!

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on June 13, 2011
at 02:31 PM

I did the Spartan race on June 4 in NY. Loved it. 3.5 miles only but very very very hilly. I too thought it was very movnat-y. Just general fitness -y. I will admit that it was tougher than I thought it'd be. still not too hard but not easy. I finished in 1 hour 18 minutes. I am doin the tough mudder inNJ in November. Lots of water, 13 miles.

I'd say that although it may sound silly, these races would prolly appeal to a lot of paleo folks especially on these boards.

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Cac98187f19cdae1f50306f2c92df1bb

on June 16, 2011
at 01:07 AM

Hehe... I love event like this, especially the party after reaching the goal and the rewards! T-shirt, helmet - hmm what a great collection that would be.

25329057c9d5f6364a74787c8c2302e7

(806)

on June 17, 2011
at 04:12 PM

curious as to why this was down voted? I could hazard a guess but I'd rather ask...

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