For $25, today's side deal gets you one entry to Warrior Dash NorCal on Saturday, October 30, plus lots of warrior-worthy loot (a $45 value). Hoards of racers are scheduled to depart on this 3.5-mile, scenic, challenging excursion across the landscape at many times throughout the day, and Groupon customers can register for their choice of the 2:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m., or 4:00 p.m. start time. Space is limited, so you must register by October 18 to secure your preferred spot or the Groupon is forfeited.
This tricky trot launches from Casa de Fruta, located in Hollister, less than two hours from San Francisco. Over the course of 3.5 miles, racers will weave their way through diverse terrain, gooey mud puddles, and 12 total obstacles. Though the Warrior Dash provides challenges to even the fittest of fit athletes, mental toughness is the greatest tool for success, and people of all physical abilities can have fun and do well as long as they bring a good attitude and their best guts. All participants should arrive at least one hour before their departure time with a photo ID, a change of clothes (whatever you wear during the race will get filthy), and a signed copy of the participant waiver.
In addition to the race itself, participants receive a number of extras, including a chip (to record your time) to don during the race, a Warrior Dash T-shirt, a fuzzy warrior helmet and medal to don every day after the race, free water, post-race granola bars and bananas, and one beer ticket (for racers 21+) to cash in upon completion. Make sure to bring extra cash if you'd like to purchase additional beer or food, as outside sustenance is not allowed. Soon after the race, participant times and photos of the event will be posted on Warrior Dash's website. Peruse the FAQ page to learn more.
Participants must be 18 years or older or be accompanied by an adult at check-in.
Previous Warrior Dash events have been met with high-fives and fist-pumps by fitness freaks all over the country. Chicago Now raves about the Windy City's 2009 race, and four Yelpers give the Joliet, IL, event an average of 4.5 stars. Meanwhile, intrepid blogging duo The Running Couple share stories and videos from this year's Texas-set Warrior Dash:
- Yes, it was fun. It was hard at times, but mostly fun. Runners from all over the area had different reasons to try the Warrior Dash from " I got talked into it, " to " I needed a break from the usual races out there," my favorite, " I lost a bet in a drinking game." Whatever the reason, most said they would do it again. – David Wallach, Chicago Now
- Bring on the dirty! The last time I played in this much mud and grime must've been... well, let's be honest. I don't remember - but damn! It was a blast! – Christina C, Yelp