The Warrior Dash looks like fun, right?
Well, it is. But it’s plenty of work, too.
I participated in , a 5K at Afton Alps that includes several obstacles along the way.
It’s not going up walls and jumping over fire that gets you.
It’s those hills. Normally reserved for skiers, the hills are where the pack thins from those who trained hard leading up to the event and those more interested in the beer afterward.
This year’s event is set for this weekend, June 30 and July 1.
It might be a little late, but find the biggest hill in Woobury and run up it. More than once. Take it or leave it, but I wish I'd done more hills before last year's race.
Organizers anticipate the events will draw 18,500 participants and 10,000 spectators, according to a Star Tribune story.
"The Warrior Dash was created to give people an experience they will never forget," Kendra Alley, of Red Frog Events, told the newspaper. "It's a day where participants get to challenge themselves, be active and get muddy tackling the course, then celebrate their accomplishments drinking beer with friends and enjoying live music."
While people can't register for this weekend's event any more, a Sept. 8 Warrior Dash will be held at Woodlach Stables in Hugo.
Another tip: Bring extra shoes. Last year people were able to donate their mud-filled kicks, and I’m not sure I would have wanted to keep mine anyway.
Have you done the Warrior Dash? What can you tell people planning to tackle the course this weekend?