The Warrior Dash is a self-proclaimed “mud crawling, fire-leaping, extreme run from hell”. The obstacle course, called the “battleground”, is where the 5K (3.55 mile) race takes place. Participants will leap over fire pits, crawl across tangled nets, run up (and down) teeter-totters, scramble through a tire jungle, stampede through a maze of wrecked cars, and finally belly crawl through muddy trenches, keeping under a network of barbed wire to the finish.

The Dash is held in over 20 US cities, Canada and Australia. Seattle’s Warrior Dash will be held at Meadowbrook Farms in North Bend on Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17. Waves of up to 600 participants will be sent out onto the course every 30 minutes between 8:00am and 6:00pm both days. Participants are assigned a start time on one of the two weekend days of the event; running the course takes 45 minutes on average, and participants can spend the rest of the day eating turkey legs, drinking beer and enjoying live music.

One requirement is that participants dress in their version of a warrior. If that means workout wear, great. Others come looking like vikings, even ballerinas. And when the race is done, Warrior Dash participants have the opportunity to donate their muddy race shoes to Green Sneakers, a fundraising program that donates shoes to third-world countries. Green Sneakers will wash the shoes and give them to people who need them.

Registration for the event in North Bend has closed, but you are welcome to join in as a spectator, and enjoy the epic live music. There’s no cost to watch.

Think your up for the warrior challenge? There are still two areas in the Northwest having Warrior Dash races. Whistler, British Columbia in Canada on August 6, and North Plains, Oregon on September 10 and 11.

For more information, go to the Warrior Dash website at:

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