Got a fun post for you today. Two weekends ago, a bunch of us entered in the Warrior Dash.
The Warrior Dash is a 5km run in fancy dress costume through a bunch of obstacles. Think Survivor-style obstacles in a festival-type atmosphere with music and beer.
Sounds like fun, ay. Try doing it in 30-degree heat, ridiculous humidity, and in a Where’s Wally outfit!
Riding the train at 7am in a Where’s Wally outfit. Mind you, I felt sexy!
We travelled all the way to Chiba to a place called Deutsche Mura – a German village theme park. Very random.
The turf here was ridiculously green and well manicured.
Here I am decked out in my outfit, in pursuit of Wally (or Waldo, for you American readers):
Our team of Where’s Wallies:
Everyone was decked out in costumes which was great to see:
Mario and Luigi:
The toga team:
Let the race begin! Contestants set out in wave starts every half hour.
We took it quite leisurely and helped each other out through all the obstacles, stopping for lots of photos along the way. The 5km distance alone was a struggle…I’m pretty sure we walked most of it.
There was probably at least 10 obstacles throughout the course.
There was fire jumping (somehow managed not to burn myself ;-):
The Spider trap (Obstacle 4):
Horizontal rock climbing:
A much needed water break. It was so goddamn hot, we could barely breathe:
Wearing knee-high socks and a beanie probably didn’t help the situation.
More obstacles to get through, not even half way through yet!
Spiderman doing his thang!
Goddamn, more climbing. Someone kill me now says the girl with no.upper.body.strength. I should add that with a few of the obstacles, there was also an easier version (often shorter, smaller obstacle version). So you don’t actually need to be a superhero to compete in this event.
Will this climbing never end?!
Run, Wally, Run!
Pace slows to a walk:
We sweated our way through the course which was hilly, gravelly, up and down hills – a flat course, it is not.
Relief came at the water obstacle. It was a breath of fresh air. It was just what we needed on this 30-degree plus heat day. Never have I been so eager to crawl through tunnels submerged in water.
Yep shoes and socks, fully clothed into the pool.
Time for an impromptu water fight!
And then back to the race (clearly, we were not going for the fastest time):
Where’s Wally now? Drowning, apparently (and yes, this is me):
We were sopping wet, and we still had another 4 obstacles to get through to get to the finish line.
Are you tired just reading this? You try running this course!
And because there wasn’t enough climbing obstacles, for a bit of variety, there was more climbing!
(I opted for the easier version)
Nearly at the finish line:
But not before doing the Mud Pit!
Fully clothed, with shoes and socks, glasses and beanie, we crawled through the muddy water:
We finished and survived! Hell yeah. Go the Where’s Wally Warriors!
Hooray for the finish line. It took us over 90 minutes to finish. Mind you, there was a lot of stopping and cheering and supporting everyone and photo taking etc.
Time for our medals:
Mind you, the laundry aftermath was a bitch! I had to put everything through the wash twice and had to actually dispose of my socks which were unsalvageable.
The Before and After shot: Evidence of a great day.
A super crazy fun day!
Mud, sweat and beers all round.