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Warrior Dash expected to draw more than 6,700 to Smithville

Pam LeBlanc
pleblanc@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published March 12, 2014

Running, hoisting weights or knocking out a bunch of jumping jacks just doesn’t do it for you, eh?

If leaping over licking flames, slogging through mud or scuttling through an earthen tunnel is more your idea of fun, plan on a trip to Smithville March 22 for the Warrior Dash.

The testosterone-infused Dash features 12 obstacles with names like Deadman’s Drop, Storming Normandy and Warrior Roast, spread over a 5K route. New this year is something called Goliath, which looks to involve walking across a beam suspended over a pool of water, scampering up a slanted wall and whizzing down a giant slide into a pond.

Elite athletes can compete in designated competitive waves for a chance to qualify for the Warrior Dash World Championship.

At the end of the race, newly-dubbed Warriors will celebrate with live music, “Warrior grub” and beer steins.

Race organizers at Red Frog Events say they expect more than 6,700 competitors at this year’s event. The Texas event is one of more than 50 Warrior Dashes held around the world each year.

Participants are encouraged to fund-raise for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Athletes who raise more than $300 for the hospital get access to a VIP area, private showers, catering and a private lounge. Race staff will also collect unwanted shoes (and muddy ones!) for recycling at the end of the race.

To register or for more information go to www.WarriorDash.com.