Congratulations to team PiiQ for surviving the 2012 Warrior Dash!
A late start to a long day, we drove from L.A. all the way down to Lake Elsinore, about an hour and half drive from the city. After parking around 2:55 pm for our 3:00 pm race, we ran around like headless chickens trying to figure out where to check-in and where the start of the race was. The music was blaring with a mix of trance, house, and top 40 music. It sort of felt like a rave, with half-naked people everywhere wearing costumes – the only things missing were dilated pupils and glow sticks. Needless to say we totally missed our time slot at 3:00 pm so we had to join the 3:30 wave which was actually awesome because we got to run with Superman, an Elvis in a thong, and hot chicks with beards down to their chests. From that moment on, we knew that it was going to be a great start to an exciting run.
The course itself was a majority running with sparsely scattered obstacles, which was a bit of a bummer because the obstacles weren’t as difficult as we had imagined they would be. A couple of tire hurdles, a bit of climbing here and there, crawling under barbed wire, a slip and slide into a freezing lake, and 3 jumps over teeny tiny logs that were set on fire. What was really cool about doing these obstacles though was the camaraderie of it all; if someone was to get stuck somewhere or needed help getting over something, random fellow warriors would be there to help each other out. No warrior gets left behind!!
The most challenging part of the whole race was probably the last obstacle before we were awarded our awesome Warrior Dash medals, the mud run! We had to hurdle through thick, shin-high, ooey-gooey, chocolate frosting-like mud. It looked like a piece of cake, but from first-hand experience of being stuck and losing a shoe, I can say that it was way harder than it looked! Once we battled that last obstacle we went to wash off in the lake right next to the finish line. This seemed like a great idea at the time, but looking back, that water was unusually warm and from the absence of bathrooms on the course I can only imagine why this was so… Oh well, now we know
We encourage anyone who likes to do fun outdoorsy type activities to give this a try next year. It was definitely a great experience that we got to share with our friends. Hope to see everyone at the next Warrior Dash, 2013!
PiiQ’d by Ari