Date and time: Saturday and Sunday, September 6 & 7, 2014
Event: 3.2 mud/obstacle race (untimed unless in the "Compettive" heat)
Location: Horning's Hideout; North Plains, OR
Number of runners: Not known
Beneficiary: St. Jude's Medical Research Hospital
Swag: Swag includes a soft t-shirt, a fuzzy Viking helmet and one Shocktop beer. Oh, and you'll be trying to wash that dirt out for DAYS.
Parking: There's a lot of parking in the grassy fields but it's not as easy to find your car as like, Spartan Race. We had to park pretty far away (we did last year too).
Bag check: There's free bag check.
Course: The course is very hilly in portions and has obstacles that are moderately difficult. No burpees are required for skipping obstacles.
The race: I almost decided not to run this race because I ran a hilly half marathon (Gateway to the Gorge Half Marathon) that morning and only had a few hours to recover before tackling Warrior Dash! I didn't want to hold up my friends, but they said they'd wait for me! I had to walk a lot of the hills, because I was exhausted, but was pretty quick at doing most of the obstacles. The hardest part for me used to be the heights/getting over the top of obstacles (like from one side of a wall to another) because I was SCARED. But really, what's the worst that will happen?! Just hold on tight and don't overthink it ;) The thing I love about obstacle course races is the amazing teamwork, and strangers helping out strangers!
Post-race: Post-race we took a group photo, grabbed our bags from bag check, and headed to the pond to rinse off some of the mud. The pond is basically a watery mud pit, more diluted than the stuff on the course, so you're clean-er? This is one thing I really wish that Warrior Dash would improve--I LOVE Spartan Race's hoses and changing area! Then we headed to the post-race area to listen to music and get our free beers in the beer garden. The food was kind of overpriced, so we headed to Helvetia Tavern to get some dinner.
Photos: There were photos taken along the course, available for free a few days after the race. But finding the pictures on the website was a little difficult--the search feature wasn't very good, even when I searched my friends' names who were with me! Fortunately, my friend Darhl had a Go-Pro and got TONS of photos during the event.
Results: It took me a little longer than last year, but I also didn't have a hilly half marathon the morning of (and a 10k the day after). haha. It took us about 75 minutes or so.
While the race is pretty fun, there are a lot of things that could use improvement or are inconvenient:
-Everything is really far apart from each other (registration, start line, music/beer area, pond, parking, etc).
-It's kind of expensive and the transfer policy is not helpful.
-It's in the middle of nowhere.
I'd consider doing it again, but of all of the mud/obstacle course races I've done, I enjoyed Spartan Race the most.