Monday, March 22, 2010

Fire leaping + mud crawling + 5K race + concert

Up for a 3.5-hour drive and one of the zaniest races on earth? Check out this press release I just got, from the people who bring you the Great Urban Race:

MOUNTAIN CITY, GA – It’s more than a race, it’s Warrior Dash. On May 22 and May 23, fearless runners will be heading to Camp Blue Ridge at 355 Playhouse Dr. in Mountain City, GA to take on twelve intense obstacles over three miles of extreme terrain.

Warrior Dash will have participants jumping through fire, crawling through mud pits, climbing over vehicles and working their way through nine additional grueling obstacles. After conquering the course, racers will be greeted with live music, a beer garden featuring beer from Pyramid Breweries, and crowned with a furry warrior helmet.

Warrior Dash is partnered with many local charities and organizations including the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, PEARLS Woman’s Club of Rabun, and more.

Race Director Alex Yount says, “Warrior Dash is an event that runners will never forget, it is not only the most extreme race in the U.S., it is also the most fun!”

The first wave of the race will begin at 11 a.m., followed by waves of 500 racers taking off to battle the course every half hour until the last group at 5:30p.m. A loud burst of fireworks will signify the start of each wave, followed by a fireworks show and the awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

Participants are encouraged to suit up in their best warrior attire and will be crowned with fuzzy warrior helmets prior to racing. Turkey legs and other warrior grub will be available for purchase along with activities such as tug-o-war and axe throwing lessons. Spectators are welcome to enjoy the live music playing throughout the day, watch the warriors tackle the obstacles near the finish line and participate in the other activities on site.

Warrior Dash is the ultimate event for thrill-seeking athletes. This national racing series is held on the most demanding and unique terrain the U.S. has to offer. Participants will take on intense obstacles and celebrate their feat with music, beer and muddy shorts. For more information or to register online, go to