On a Saturday afternoon in the middle of Ohio, my husband, son, two nephews, brother-in-law and sister-in-law gathered together to run a 5K obstacle course known as The Warrior Dash. My daughter, too young by a year, watched intently, dreaming of her chance to run it next time. And me? I took pictures.
The course began with a blast of fire into the air. Then runners made their way up and down steep inclines, through trenches, and over a rope wall. They had to run through fire, climb a cargo net, walk a plank, and swim through mud beneath rows of barbed wire all to cross the finish line and proclaim themselves Warriors. I just named all the reasons I didn’t do it. I took pictures.
You might wonder — what does one wear to swim through mud? And the answer would be — ANYTHING. There were many men in kilts. There were lots of people dressed up as superheroes: Captain America, Fantastic Four, Batman, and even one Robin. There were teams wearing matching t-shirts. Girls in tutus. There were men dressed as Seuss characters. And then, there were Smurfs.
The main point of the Warrior Dash isn’t really about speed; it’s about completing the obstacles, getting out there and doing it, and having fun. But for those runners reading this, I’m sure you’re interested in times. Most of our group came in between 47-55 minutes. Most of our team was comprised of marathon or cross-country runners, and they came in a little faster than average. My husband said it was harder than a marathon. My nephew said he almost threw up twice because the hills were so steep. One member of our group cut his leg. Maybe on barbed wire?? But all of them finished with a smile and want to do it again.
There was mud. There was sweat. The tears? They were mine. We were out in that field for 4 1/2 hours. I got painfully, painfully sunburned.
But next time, they want to wear costumes or present themselves somehow as a more cohesive team. I suggested they dress like babies who would look like they had dirty diapers after swimming through the mud. They’re probably not going to do that, but boy, I’d like those pictures.
Help them out. Any ideas for their team theme?