Warrior Dash kicked off their 2017 season in Florida over the weekend. Arnel Banawa of OCRTUBE was on hand to capture all the action of one of the original OCR's in North America. The 5K course featured a mix of new and perennial favorites for racers to take on.
Warrior Dash kicks off their 2017 season this weekend. The race series has been putting on events in North American since 2009. Warrior Dash continues to be one of the best entry level events in obstacle racing, but even a seasoned veteran can find fun at a Warrior Dash. Looking for a few reasons to take on Warrior Dash in 2017.
Warrior Dash enters its 9th season in 2017. This year Warrior Dash is out with new obstacles, t-shirts, medals and more. Warrior Dash continues to be one of the best events for those looking to jump into obstacle racing and mud runs. For the competitive athlete, Warrior Dash continues to have their timed first heat of the day which is an OCR World Championship Qualifier.
It has been about a year since Warrior Dash held their 2nd (and last) Warrior Dash World Championship (WDWC). The event was a standard Warrior Dash (WD) course but on harder terrain and for insane cash prizes. In 2014 it was held in Southern California and in 2015 it was held in Tennessee. Each year they gave away $100,000 (split between the top five men and top five women). A 5k with a purse that big is pretty much unheard of. But after only two years the event was put out to pasture by WD, focusing instead on their normal array of weekend races.
Today Red Frog Events the parent company of Warrior Dash announced today a commitment to St. Jude Children's Reseach Hospital. Red Frog Events will give one percent of the companies profits to the children's research hospital. Since 2009 St. Jude and Red Frog have been partnered and raised 13.5 million for the hospital.
Muddy Mud Guts and Glory Masters, Warrior Dash Warriors, Beasts Beasting the UltraBeast and Conquer the Gauntlet...Conquistadors? Okay - that last one was a stretch, but you get the gist. This last weekend had no lack of races, mud, pain or fun! Whether it was a fun run or a death march you craved, OCR delivered in spades.
So to say this week was an emotional one for OCR is a bit of an understatement.... with some of the best racers we have out there giving it their all - those of us at home followed the action like the Olympics weren't over.
It is always so lovely to be in the swing of the season and see the OCR calendar come to life all over the world. In Australia, the bucket-list worthy True Grit had an amazing weekend, while in Canada, the XMan Race brought in impressive numbers. Dirty Dozen weekend in England, Warrior Race in South Africa...the entire planet appears to have been getting muddy this week!
If we were to pick two words to sum up this last week in OCR, I would have to say it was "Spartan" and "Beard". One crushing it with nationwide domination and growth, and the other...for its lack thereof. (RIP chin curtain)
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