Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Warrior Dash

Do you remember last year when our son Evan and his friend Charlie ran in the Chicago Police Department's 5K run?

Well, this year they decided to do a 5K of a different kind.

THE WARRIOR DASH

Fasten your seatbelts, we're in for a fun and bumpy ride. This is how we roll in the American midwest.

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No, the Farmer is not racing. He's here for moral support. He did say that he plans to go into training and race next year!

What's a Warrior Dash, you ask. Well, it's a bunch of people who love to run and have fun while doing so.

Here they are attaching their bib numbers and timer chips on their shoes.

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Evan and Charlie are slotted in the 11:30 start time.
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This race is scheduled for TWO FULL days. There are slot for 500 runners every half hour, all day long. That's alot of runners. The Saturday races filled up months ago!

They're off and running.

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There goes Evan. He's on the left in the sunglasses.

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Each heat is sent off with a giant fireball.

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There's more fire later in the course.

The race is run through a huge paintball course outside of Chicago. There's a ghost town, junk cars that they must jump over, a tunnel and more.

Oh, and most people do this in costume.

Remember the picture from yesterday? That's the Elvis contingent. They're watching earlier heats while waiting for their start time. That's the hay bale climb on the right.

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I remember thinking on the way into the venue that I better see some kilts, because what's a warrior without a kilt?

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There were plenty of kilts, including this entire family. The kids were racing with dad on Father's Day. Mom had sewn all these kilts for them. Believe me, this was no small task.

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It's all about the details and the details are in the back. Lots and lots of pleats. Mom did a great job!

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You'll see one of these kilts later and believe me it's not going to look like this.

This picture is for my friend Leslie in California. It's all about the tutu's!!!!!

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Tutu's everywhere, including a bride in a tutu. I'm not quite sure but I think a wedding took place at this event. There's a ballet troupe coming up later in this post. Stay tuned.

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They run through the course of obstacles until they come to that hay bale climb. Next is the rope wall. Think Marine Corps basic training. Here's a young woman who seems to be dressed as a Scout leader, making her way over the wall.

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Evan is over and coming down.

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Taking off and heading for the next obstacle.

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FIRE!!!!





This is a member of the LaGrange Fire Department. They had a team in the race. He has just passed through the fire jump.

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Here's someone's office manager.

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Evan is over and on to the next obstacle. The course was a little muddy.

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Hopefully they're not squeamish about getting dirty because the next obstacle is the MUD CRAWL.

Charlie dives in, intending to do the breaststroke.

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The crowd is amused by Evan's slip and butt flop.

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Evan crawls through and I'm hoping that his shorts are not sucked off in the mud. This is a family event!!!

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Charlie gets closer to the finish line.

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Evan is almost there.

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Waiting at the finish line is staff handing out bananas and water.

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Evan and Charlie enjoy their well-earned reward. Beer.

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Charlie finishes and mom and dad congratulate him although mom Donna is hesitant to get a hug.

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Evan poses with Sister Mary Mud Pie

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We get a little crazy. Just blowing off steam. (She's probably a commodities broker.)

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Daugher Sarah practices her cheerleading skills with the boys.

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Remember those ballerinas in the pink tutus? Here they are post-race.

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And more ballerinas. These girls were stinking cute and it appears they are professionally trained. Look at that beautiful form on the hand positions. I think I'll add them to my Peep List as my Official Blog Ballet Troupe. I can't read their t-shirts but I'm sure this troupe has a name. (I think Krista is in this group. Krista..... identify the girls).

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Charlie poses with the ballerinas.

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Nobody knows nobody, but everybody knows everybody. Know what I mean?




Donna dances with Charlie.

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The running shoes are trashed.

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You think?




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Seems like a waste? Not to worry. All these shoes will be picked up by an organization called GREEN SNEAKERS. They'll be thoroughly cleaned and be sent around the globe to people who need shoes!


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We do believe in washing our hands before we eat our barbecued turkey legs.

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Team USA.

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Indian contingent.

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This woman shows how to keep her man in line.

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And here's that wonderful mom who did all the hard work making kilts for her family. She's not unhappy about what's happened to those kilts and she's proud of her Warrior. Notice also the cute expression of the girl in the background.

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I hope you had fun with us at the Warrior Dash.

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Check out their website because there's a Warrior Dash coming to a city near you.

There is no admission charge for family, friends or spectators. So even if you don't dash, you can still attend and have some good clean muddy fun.

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14 comments:

Michelle said...

Oh thank you, Suzanne! That was awesome to read about. I loved the pictures, and I can bet everyone went home with sore faces feeling great from laughing all day. That was absolutely awesome. I love what they are going to do with the shoes. What a neat event. Thanks for sharing!

Debbie said...

This was more fun than Walmart. These people were all in it for a good time, whereas most of the Walmart people are really who they appear to be.
What good looking guys. Are they married? I know 103 young single women.
Good post, enjoyed.
Debbie

chocolatechci said...

How fun.

I would be the one making the kilts and standing on the sidelines cheering people on.

Cactus Jack Splash said...

Oh what a riot! Thanks for sharing all the wonderful photos. Reminds me of a fund-raising bike ride my husband and I did in Alaska

Lori said...

What a hoot!

Leslie T said...

What a blast!! I LOVE the tutu's!!!! It looks like everyone had a great time! So much fun!

Lisa D. said...

Wow, looks like a lot of fun - as much fun for the spectators as the participants! Love all the different elements of the race and love love love all the outfits!

Krista said...

Great Blog Post Suzanne! Your pictures are great! My ballerina friends and I would LOVE to be your official blog ballerina troupe and we fully support the name you suggested - the Hash House Harrier Corps de ballet. (if anyone wants to know more about hashing, check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hash_House_Harriers ).
In the photo of just us ballerinas - I am on the left, Gabby is in the middle and Kim is on the right. She is clearly far too clean since you can still tell her tutu is pink!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Colleen this was wonderful to see - your pictures made me feel like I was there and I wish I had been! blessings, marlene

Vee said...

What a riot! People do the craziest things. Sounds as if a great lot of fun was had by one and all. Evan is so handsome...glad that he was able to get through that mud without any trouble. The Farmer is looking great. Your daughter is a cutie pie, too, and she looks a lot like you!

PamKittyMorning said...

That looks like a ton of fun... to watch anyway! xo

Jody Blue said...

Your right that is some good clean fun! Don-cha just love the Midwest!!

lifeinredshoes said...

A race with a spa facial and turkey legs! I must alert the state, we are missing out!

skilegap said...

That looks amazing I am signed up for a similar race in NY called the Spartan Race http://www.spartanrace.com would love to do a warrior dash next year.