Warrior Dash Race Report

30 Dec

I know that I am posting this race report about 6 months late. It’s been a busy 6 months, but now that I have some free time from work over the holidays I figured I would catch up with some much-needed race reports and other blog related things.


On June 16th, my husband, dad and I did the Pennsylvania Warrior Dash. If you aren’t familiar, the Warrior Dash is a race held all over the country, and is a 3.5ish mile obstacle course/mud run. We went into the race knowing we would take our time, run/walk between the obstacles, and skip whatever obstacles we felt were too daunting.

I purposely dressed in clothes that I would be okay just pitching. A white tank top (for maximum dirt catching), shorts from goodwill, old sneakers, and knee-high block socks. I figured the high socks would protect my shins somewhat, and they definitely did. I also put a super tacky tattoo around my arm – I figured the tackier the better. 🙂Warrior Dash (2)

We signed up for a wave when we registered for the race. We got there about an hour before our wave which was plenty of time topark,  turn in our waivers, pick up our race packets, head back to the car to drop things off and pin our bibs before getting lined up with our wave. Then we were off.

We ran to the first obstacle which was honestly the scariest for me. It was a thin piece of wood, probably about the width of a balance beam, that was angled up and then down. At it’s highest point it was pretty high. And I pretty much crawled along it. My balance is awful.

The other obstacles I didn’t find nearly as challenging. There was a few mud crawl type things and various walls to climb over. There was some interesting obstacles, I just didn’t get many photos because everyone else was busy tackling them when I was.

I did skip one of the walls – it was just too tall and looked too dangerous if you loose your footing, for my liking. 🙂

The last few obstacles included a cargo climb that went parallel to the ground and then sloped up so you had to basically climb up it and down. It was fun but my arms were shot by the end of it. Thank goodness it was the last obstacle that needed a lot of strength to finish it. There was also a “small” fire to jump over.

The very last obstacle was the mud pit that the Warrior Dash is sort of known for. It was really fun to just crawl into the mud and sort of float through it. When you came out you were a muddy mess.

They had a fire hose for everyone to hose off as much as possible.  This is what I looked like after I hosed off….still pretty dirty.

Warrior Dash (3)

When we got back to the car I basically changed all my clothes and threw everything I was wearing in a bag to be thrown out.

I did end up with a few minor scrapes on my knees and palms of my hands, but the knee-high socks definitely helped not to skin my legs up too bad.

We finished in about 1 hr, 24 minutes. We definitely took our time and had a lot of fun and challenged ourselves. It was a lot of fun to get down and dirty!


7 Responses to “Warrior Dash Race Report”

  1. Kat P. (@KatSnF) December 30, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    Glad to see your recap! Even late, very helpful! We get to do it here in Florida in February!

    • Becca January 1, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

      Glad it’s helpful! Good luck and have fun when you do it!!

  2. Tanya December 30, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    You look like you were having fun!! Way to go!
    I’ve always wanted to try one of those, but I’m woefully clumsy and prone to ridiculous accidents (and they always seem to fall right before a big race I’m planning on doing so I wouldn’t have any time to recover from my broken bones). 🙂

    • Becca January 1, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

      Haha. Yea I’m clumsy too, so I timed this one so it wasn’t near any important races. 😉


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