Warrior Dash 2012 was held last Saturday here in NM for the first time. My sister Rosa was a true warrior completing the race in one piece. Her account of this right of passage follows:
Warrior Dash was a thrilling race! There were many warriors prepared for battle. It took place on Saturday, May 5th in Edgewood, NM at Founders Ranch. There were 14 obstacles to keep you busy as you completed the 5k course. It is a race to run with friends. We dressed as tigers and zebras this year, but we’re already preparing for better costumes for next year’s race.
My favorite was the ending. We had already completed 3 miles of hilly terrain and 7 tough climbing and crawling obstacles. Just as we were hollering because we were near the finish a 30 foot wall with a rope ladder to climb comes into view. Up and down we climb. As my feet touch the ground I smile thinking I didn’t miss a step the whole course. Then, I turn to see there’s still more. Next is the mud slide - my friends and I roar as we dive into the mud to slide to the next obstacle: FIRE! I truly feel like a warrior as I leap over the flames, my body covered in mud as the crowd cheers. Not done yet. The finish line is only 30 yds away, with 20 yards of it being barbwire that is only two feet off the ground. As we struggle to figure out how to go under the barbwire the crowd yells for us to barrel roll. I have no more energy to think so down we go rolling our way to the shallow mud. Dizzily we wade through the mud using our arms to pull us to the end. Finally, we stand up grab hands, cross the finish line, receive our medals, and collect our hard earned ice cold beer.