Military service members participate in Warrior Dash Hawaii

Story and photos by MC2 Daniel Barker

Navy Public Affairs Support Element West Det Hawaii

WAIALUA, Hawaii – More than 500 military service members from all branches of service participated alongside civilian contestants Feb. 23 in the 2013 Warrior Dash Hawaii.

The Warrior Dash event was a 5 kilometer (3.17 mile) run that involved 12 military training-style obstacles runners had to crawl, climb, jump or swim through, including water obstacles, cargo nets, barbed wire, fire and a mud pit, on the way to the finish line.

This is the second time the event has been held on the North Shore of Hawaii. In addition to the varying terrain and obstacles, periodic rain showers kept the course muddy and participants soaking wet.

“Two years in a row I got to run in the rain, makes the run that much better,” said Joey Iverson, a successful finisher of the event.

There are 65 other locations throughout the U.S. scheduled to hold Warrior Dash this year, with an expected turn out of more than 1,000,000 participants.

Hosted by Red Frog Events, Warrior Dash is also a partner with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and works with local organizations in exchange for them providing volunteers. By volunteering, local organizations such as athletic teams, nearby schools and non-profit organizations are able to help raise funds.

They also work with organizations that clean all the muddy shoes donated after the race by participants at each Warrior Dash. The shoes are then restored and delivered to charity organizations.

Each finisher received a warrior medal as they crossed the finish line and then headed to water hoses to use as a cold shower. Participants also received a T-shirt with the event’s logo and a Viking-horned hat.

Many participants wore costumes and/or face paint, and one team of Soldiers took turns carrying a U.S. Army flag. Individual times were scored for all the finishing participants, or “warriors.”

“Warrior Dash is excited to be celebrating its five-year anniversary of challenging participants to the craziest frickin’ day of their lives,” said Rachel Brinda, race director. “We will continue to create an experience warriors will never forget with our demanding obstacles and one-ofa-kind festival area.”

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