The Warrior Dash has quickly become one of the world’s largest race series with upwards of 500,000 participants each year. The race appeals to seasoned runners and those who wouldn’t ever dream of running a traditional 5K but seeking the bragging rights obtained by tackling crazy obstacles in ridiculous outfits to become a “warrior”. Oh yeah, the beer is a huge draw too.
There was some discussion on the safety of the Warrior Dash after last year’s inaugural event in Michigan when a young man was paralyzed by diving into a mud pit. Each race is plagued with several injuries, minor to severe, and even death has occurred on a few occasions. Sure, with half a million participants you are bound to have something happen but there are serious risks involved with the race (that you sign your life away on the disclaimer) and it is the responsibility of each runner to use their brains when participating in the Warrior Dash. Follow these four tips to stay safe and ensure you become the “warrior” you’ve always dreamed of.
1 – Have a hydration plan to keep dehydration and cramps away, especially in the hot July temperatures. Make sure you are drinking before, during, and after the race, and I’m not talking about beer.
2 – Be aware of your surroundings. Not only do you have to tackle each obstacle but you also have to watch out for the other runners tripping or falling into you, which could become dangerous. With hundreds of people in your heat and crazy obstacles to maneuver make sure you know what is going on around you, and don’t stare too long at the guy with the crazy costume or you may run into something or someone.
3 – Don’t dive into anything. The young guy who was paralyzed last year did so diving head first into the mud pit near the finish line which was only about two feet deep. You may think you know the obstacle but it may surprise you, so it is best not to get super aggressive or do anything against logic because even though a “warrior” you are not invincible from the laws of physics.
4 – Don’t give into peer pressure. Even the announcer near the finish line last year was encouraging people to “dive” into the mud pit. There is no need to show off or do anything stupid because your buddy or anyone else encourages it. If that means you go around an obstacle because you feel your life is in danger then by all means do so. Use your head or end up recovering in bed.
What are your tips for staying safe during the Warrior Dash?