Rogers County runners who don’t mind getting a little dirty — make that very, very dirty — should get out their running shoes and head to Inola this weekend for Warrior Dash 2013.
Billing itself as “world’s largest obstacle race series”, the “Warrior Dash” is a fierce “mud run” hosted by Chicago-based Red Frog Events which challenges runners of all skill levels to traverse the 5K run, overcoming 12 obstacles over more than three miles of extreme terrain.
This year, the Oklahoma “Warrior Dash” will be hosted by Moore’s Flying M Ranch in Inola.
“We’re very excited to be involving in bringing this event to Rogers County. It’s my understanding that we were up against McAlester in who would get to host it,” said Scott Moore, Moore’s Flying M Ranch owner.
“Funny thing is, we didn’t really do any kind of advertising or self-promotion to attract the people who sponsor it. They just knew who we were because of our web presence. They called me up out of the blue a few months back to see if we’d be interested in hosting this unique race.”
Unique is one way to put it.
“Warrior Dash” presents runners with challenging terrain and numerous “military-style” obstacles along the way, dubbing the race’s length the “Battleground.”
With obstacles that bear names like “Muddy Mayhem,” “Warrior Roast,” “Cliff Hanger,” Cargo Climb,” “Deadweight Drifter,” and more, runners can expect to enjoy mud crawling, fire leaping, wall climbing, and other exercises that will push them to their limits to the finish line, where they earn their “Warrior” title.
But Warriors don’t just tackle obstacles along the course, to challenge themselves, they’re running to make a difference.
“Warrior Dash is partners with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and proceeds raised (from the run) go directly to benefit the research hospital,” Moore said. “This (race) is an even that happens across the country, and participants have raised into the millions (of dollars) for St. Jude ever since it began.”
Additionally, once the race is finished, runners are encouraged to donate their running shoes to a “Green Shoes” drive on-site which cleans their shoes and later redistributes them to a third world country, he said.
Warrior Dash is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday. For more information about Warrior Dash, visit online at www.warriordash.com. Information about Moore’s Flying M Ranch can be found at www.mooresflyingm.com.