This race is so cool and no one wanted to run it with me! In all fairness, it was scheduled on the day of Mizzou’s 100th Homecoming, which is a big deal not only because it is the centennial, but also because the University of Missouri is the birthplace of homecoming!
So in September when I finally found someone to run it with me I was ecstatic! At my friend Heather’s birthday party, which was the day of my first triathlon, I met this guy Sean who had recently run his first marathon. Naturally, we had lots to talk about. Come to find out – he lives less than a mile away from me back home in Kansas City, and was stationed in San Diego – near where I lived – with the Marines. While we were talking about running I mentioned the Warrior Dash, and finally got the reaction I was looking for. He was game to run! Even though I just met him, we signed up for it within the week!
We ended up camping out the night before. Pro Tip: Book your campsite in advance for this one. We had hoped to just be able to score a site at the state campground near the race site instead of paying for two nights in advance (we only needed one). Well, they filled up half an hour before we got there! Luckily we found a sketchy campsite nearby that still had openings.
While we were trying to find the place we decided to scope out the racesite. Bad call – some hillbilly blocked us in and almost called the cops on us! Yikes! We were just turning around, but this scary van (the no windows kind) pulled up and blocked the exit! This guy got out with no teeth and was on the phone yelling about catching some people down in the field. I checked for cameras because I thought I may have been in a horror film! He wouldn’t buy our story that we were just turning around, even though that’s clearly what we were doing! Luckily I was able to plead for our lives and it turned out OK. Yikes!
Camping was a blast! Since neither of us are campers we just showed up with a tent, sleeping bags, and Smore’s makings. It turned out alright for us! Success #1 – got the tent up, no real problems there! Success #2 – our neighbors had a campfire going already so we made friends with them! They were 5 guys from Southern Missouri who were also doing the Warrior Dash. Success #3 – Smores & PBR! I’ve been doing Weight Watchers so it was nice to take a break from that and really indulge!
The race itself was awesome! We were the first heat, which meant fresh mud! The trail itself was an obstacle! I had my eyes down almost the entire time trying to avoid tripping or twisting my ankle in all the nooks and crannies! The obstacles didn’t really pick up until a mile in, which was nice because it gave us a chance to warm up! There were some points I felt like I was on the reality show Wipe Out with all the obstacles! They saved jumping over fire and the mudpit for the end, so the best were last!
We finished in about 38 minutes. Not bad considering we scaled walls, crawled under barbed wire, hopped fences, and waded through mud! When you finish they give you a beer and we also got free Monster energy drinks. Create your own 4 Loko!