The opportunity to play outside with large groups of strangers usually ends after fifth-grade graduation. Experience elementary elation with today's Groupon: for $25, you get one entry into Warrior Dash Florida in Lake Wales on Sunday, January 30, plus lots of warrior-worthy loot (a $50 value).
Hoards of racers are scheduled to depart on this 3.02-mile, scenic, challenging excursion across the landscape at many times throughout the day, and Groupon customers can register for their choice of the 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., or 2:00 p.m. start time.
This tricky trot launches from Triple Canopy Ranch. Over the course of 3.02 miles, racers will weave their way through diverse terrain, including parts of the swamp, 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 don during the race (to record your time), a Warrior Dash T-shirt, a fuzzy warrior helmet and medal to don every day after the race, postrace snack and water, 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 (including vegetarian options), as outside sustenance is not allowed. Peruse the FAQ page to learn more.
Previous Warrior Dash events have been met with high fives and fist pumps by fitness freaks all over the country. ChicagoNow raves about the Windy City's 2009 race, and six Yelpers give the Joliet, Illinois, event an average of 4.5 stars. 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, ChicagoNow
- We looked at each other and both said, “Want to go again?” It was that fun and not as physically demanding as you may think…All-in-all, it was a great event…and one we will never forget! – Team Hargrave, The Running Couple