Before running, people were forced to dawdle to the grocery store and power-walk away after accidentally stepping on a beehive. Speed up with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get one entry into Devil Dash, a 5K mud obstacle run to be held on Saturday, October 8, in Lyons, from Gravity Play Sports, LLC (a $65 value). Entry includes:
- Admission to the race
- A devil wig
- A T-shirt
- A postrace beer
- A course-finisher medal
The Colorado Devil Dash pits runners against the forces of darkness with a challenging 5K obstacle mud run, followed by a party set in the Beer Garden of Eden at the finish line. Racers should arrive 90 minutes early to pick up registration packets, which include a race bib with safety pins, a chip-timing device, a T-shirt, and a devil hat. Runners then don their favorite halo or devil horns and prepare to get dirty over 3.1 miles of mud-mucked course. Like an Italian poet in running shoes, racers dash from the starting line and into purgatory, where they conquer 14 deadly-sin themed obstacles based on the seven deadly sins. Before arriving at the pearly gates of the Beer Garden of Eden, dashers clamber over cargo nets, race through knee-deep rivers, maraud in mud pits, and struggle up steep terrain. After crossing this ultimate threshold, participants can grab onto the sanctifying purity of a beer, relax, and socialize to live music and choruses of slightly tipsy seraphim.
Racers must bring identification, a signed waiver, and running sneakers. Those famished from sprinting through 5 kilometers of faux-mortal peril can purchase additional food and libations in the Beer Garden of Eden. Despite its darkling themes, Devil Dash stands firmly on the side of good by supporting First Descents, a nonprofit that gives young adults with cancer opportunities to experience the great outdoors.