I had originally planned to don us in duck costumes, specifically Huey, Dewey and Louie. I even did what I never do, and started making the costumes well in advance. However, night before the run and I couldn’t for the life of me get the heads done.
Which, was probably for the better. A Disney party is in store for the future (where the costumes won’t get trashed), and so, in it’s place we went as superheros. Having a dressup box is the best thing a kid/ adult could ever have. It’s grown piece by piece since we were little. What was once a small box, would now take up an entire wardrobe. And then some. This is what we pulled together the night before.
From past experience, pants covering your knees is essential. You’ll be banged up anyways, but you can at least protect your knees from being all cut up. Old clothing, or at least easily washable clothing is a must. I opted for a latex bodysuit. Dressing at catwoman makes something like this completely ok. I would’ve been kinda self conscious except the realisation that most females were wearing skin tight pants and clothes. Mine was just in a onsie form instead 😀
Considering how many events they’ve put on, it’s no surprise the Warrior Dash events run as smoothly as what they do. The first WA event was held at Northam Army Training Camp, 1.5 hrs from Perth. Leaving at 6:30am wasn’t the greatest thrill… but it also meant running early kept the obstacles in relatively good shape, eg the hay stacks we had to climb up and jump over.
We got there in just enough time to park, walk to the warrior village, grab our race packs (with our fuzzy helmet, warrior tshirt, timer and race bib), drop our bags, toilet dash (crucial after 1.5hrs driving!) , and then to the start line. We waited only 15 minutes before we were off.
Everyone takes off together (all 100+ people by the looks of it), but the run uphill is what separates the whole group. I got 3/4 of the way up, before going, nup. Need to walk it. The down side of latex/ lycra, you heat up. Fast.
We agree 4 pines, we love beer too. Now to get over…
Giving Madi a foot over. Wall was just that bit too high..
We tackled hay bales, more hills, nets, barbed wire, fire and mud. Lotsa mud.
The full list of obstacles included: (photos are snapshots from the warrior dash site from throughout the run. Still deciding, should I buy them? There’s 12 of me, a pack’s $60. $5 a photo… hmmm.)
Great Warrior Wall (this one scared me. How easy it would be to fall and break something!)
and Muddy Mayhem
When it’s all done with, you collect your beer stein, and head off to wash as much mud as you can off and grab your bags. Good luck getting clean though.
When we went to get our bags, the guy said to us, ‘you need to grab a shower first before you come in!’ We replied, ‘we already did…’
With some cleaner clothes on, we hustled off to get our free 4 Pines beer for returning our timer chip. Being the vegetarian that she is, Madi passed on the turkey drumsticks that Jamie and I bought ($12 each) and happily devoured. Sore, full and tired we trudged back to the car to start our drive home.
Till next year!