It’s the summer that keeps on giving. If you like mud, face paintings, mud, tire jumps, mud, cold water and more mud, there wasn’t any better place to be than the Warrior Dash Northeast 2010 this weekend. Hundreds of people flocked to Windham, NY to brave the 13 obstacles laid out on this 3.23 mile course. Early birds got a chance to start at 9AM and be the first to face the dreaded mud pit. The ski resort chewed no less than 15 waves of runners on the half-hour each day, a steady flow of colorful and thrill-seeking Dashers. B, K and myself used the good old “camera excuse” to watch the show from a safe distance. A lot of people made the trip from Albany to enjoy some mud pie; kudos to you, friends. Fear not, there are fifteen other Dashes held nationwide for you to try.
More photos below. I didn’t put the whole list of thumbnails for once, there are just too many. Check the full-screen Flickr slideshow though, large on black background is the way to go. I swear.
Representing New Guinea (?) above, the guy-who-was-not-Dane-Cook. I can tell you that much because that guy was funny.
A truly unique warrior and King of rock, this gravity defying gentleman was as comfortable jumping over flames as diving head first in the Muddy Mayhem. Before that, Elvis had to face Knee High Hell, Tunnels of Terror, Black Forest, Slithering Swamp, Walk the Plank, and Rio Run to name a few. You get the idea. I’m sure they were real but don’t take my word for it, check Diana and KT Bee‘s posts for photos taken *from the obstacles*.
From the Warrior Dash FAQ. “Question: I can’t swim. Can I participate in Warrior Dash? Answer: Absolutely. You aren’t required to swim in any race. Any body of water you’ll be traveling through is only three to four feet deep“. Body of water was meant loosely. There were a lot of precious faces at the finish line; I collected a few from different angles and kept the best stunts for good measure. Here is the whole mud slideshow if you want to practice your best move for next year, or click on one of the thumbnails below.
The Warrior Dash is a good opportunity to show your true colors. Mine is Coward Green with a hint of No Thanks Emerald. This fine lady below looked like she had something to say: “You have a big camera. No fear. But stupid! Ignorant like a child!“. Word.Error! :
So many great face paintings and costumes that day. I’ll keep that in mind for next year; might as well go down in style. Click on a thumbnail above, or go straight to the face painting slideshow for more.
Warrior Roast! She just made it look easy. So did he. This penultimate obstacle could not have been better placed. Should you trip and catch on fire, you were only 30 feet from the mud pit at the finish line. Genius.
*BAM*. There is a reason why they are called Point & SHOOT cameras, right? Thank you, I’m here all week. What’s going on here? Just a 30 feet drop. Head over to Bennett’s little collage to see what awaits below (hint: it’s inflatable but it’s not Bennett’s best friend).
The word on the street is that the Catskill Skid was great fun. I think you can tell by the thumbnails above. Spectators were not allowed to walk to that obstacle up the hill but I captured it from the chairlift. The way up the mountain is $8 per adult, I highly recommend it, what a view up there. Unfortunately, the obstacle claimed one participant and was closed when we flew over on our way down.
This smile above? Most likely a few seconds before we attempted to break the record for the Cheesiest Lines from a Chairlift, adult category. Once again, sorry.
Be warned. This race will destroy your knees. This is my unofficial excuse for obvious reasons, and I’m sticking to it.
I’m not going to ask how the phone survived but I think this guy behind is still wondering.
Straight from Sparta, NY.
If you took pictures of the race this year, feel free to comment and link to your photosets.
Participants clearly had a blast. At $65, it was a tad expensive but the turnout was impressive. Spectators get in for $10 parking. The energy is there, the camaraderie in full swing. It will bring a big grin to your face even if you are not participating. See you next year, Dashers.
The Warrior Dash 2010 took place at Windham Mountain, 33 Clarence D Lane Rd, Windham, NY. Hard to miss, close to Snowbird.
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Bennett and his puny 50mm lens took cool photos of the event. Here are a few, the rest can be found in his photoset.Error! :
A lot more by Michael Scicolone Media, the whole set can be found on Flickr.
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