Trip report

Warrior Dash New England

Other DATE: 08/19/2017 - 08/19/2017

Trip/Event Location: Thompson, CT
US

Trip Leader(s): gsgraham

Max # People: 20

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Difficulty Level: Strenuous

This will be my fifth Warrior Dash. (See the Trip Reports from TWO 2016 Warrior Dashes).

Warrior Dash is a 5k obstacle course race with 12+ obstacles. Run, walk, wade across lakes and

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Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Make sure you bring a photo ID
  • You can walk back to your car and leave it there so you don't have to carry it on the course.

I suggest you:

Bring a complete change of clothes and a towel or two.  Snacks in the car is also a good idea but you can also buy stuff at the end of the race.

I will proably bring a polypro top to wear if I get cold and suggest you do the same.

Completely optional but I share this b/c I would hate for you to say, "Why didn't you tell me that?!"  I bring a couple 5 gallon buckets that I fill with scaulding water at the hotel.  By the end of the race they are still kind of warm.  Which is better than cold IMHO.

I will have an outdoor camera and plan to take a lot of pics.

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I HAVE FOUR GOALS FOR THE DAY:

  1. No injuries
  2. Have fun
  3. Get some cool action photos
  4. Catch some hot eye candy

*** Note that I don't have get the fastest time or do every obstacle as goals for the day.

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MEETING UP:

Let's meet in the parking lot of the 

Post Office
366 Thompson Hill Rd, Thompson, CT 06277

That is easy to find on Google Maps.

We will meet at 10 am.  We can either go in one car from there or each drive seperately.  Parking is paid for as part of your registration.  The last race I did they didn't even check times on our bibs - they did make sure we were wearing a bib and not crashing the race - but we started an hour earlier than our scheduled wave time.

Two of us will be spending the night near the race start - probably Comfort Inn & Suites, 16 Tracy Rd, Dayville, 06241, CT, US

You are welcome to join us.


Trip Report/Photos
Featured Photo

The slogan of the Warrior Dash is Mud, Sweat, and Beer.

But today... today - judging from the rainbow tattoos, shirts and more that I saw over 3.1 miles it was certainly queer. (At times it felt like a gay pride event).

It was a hot day in Thompson Connecticut.  HOT!  

And the weather was warm to boot!  Much warmer than last year's Warrior Dash which felt like a cold New England Spring day.

Thank goodness the organizers had lots of water elements to help keep you cool during the 3.1-mile route.

A route that we mostly walked.  

One of our crew was diagnosed with Lyme Disease 5 weeks ago and was in no mood for extreme exertion.  That's OK - we finished a few short minutes after those who were sprinting frantically ahead of us.  Why?  Throngs of people waiting in line for the obstacles.  And lots of time to take int eh Hotness.

Did I say it was HOT?  (Maybe it's me, but there is something really hot about two guys - one dressed as the groom and the other dressed as the bride running together through the mud.  Or a crew of guys dressed like a ballerina and a super villain had a baby running through the mud?). 

Warm weather + crazy male athletes = ?

OK.  

Maybe surreal is a better description.  

Or heat stroke.

Our "Run"

We met a little after 10 am and even though our start time wasn't until 12:30 pm, we took off with the 10:30 am wave.  The sun was incredible and while standing around observing others was fun, waiting around for two hours on the black top would have cooked us.

Just like last year, we ended up going back and forth on the race track to eat up the miles.  We actually cover 1.1 miles before we got to our first obstacle.  Three more obstacles before mile 2.  Then 8 more obstacles crammed together in the last mile!

A great time was had by all.  Lots of fun.  No injuries.  Good beer and cider at the finish line.  And...

... lots of half-naked men covered in mud.

Until next year!

What Members Are Saying About This Trip/Event

  • A fantastic day with a great group of guys. I've told a number of people about the event and have assured them that anyone can do it, especially at the noncompetitive, leisurely pace the group set. Thanks to Scott for hosting the event. I look forward to more events with you guys. - minh

Members That Participated

gsgraham

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Fairlee, VT


United States
swimfit

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Hartford, CT


United States
minh

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Coventry, CT


United States
Trailrunner

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Avon, CT


United States
minh Aug 21, 2017 at 8:28 AM

Comment: A fantastic day with a great group of guys. I've told a number of people about the event and have assured them that anyone can do it, especially at the noncompetitive, leisurely pace the group set. Thanks to Scott for hosting the event. I look forward to more events with you guys.

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