I ran in one this Saturday at Skirmish USA (Paintball compound in PA). Besides being generally awesome and hilarious, I think it was probably the closest to a MovNat workout I've ever done. We ran thru knee deep mud, wadded thru a lake, ran down a river, climbed walls, jump barricades, ducked through big metal pipes, climbed over cars, etc.
I think I'll have trouble being entertained on a normal run now.
If you haven't done one, would you?
If you have, what did you think??
Alex from PaleoPax
PS - I ran in Vibram KSO Treks and I think it was to my advantage. Less likely to roll an ankle in the river, and they don't weigh 3 lbs more after the lake like my brothers sneakers did. Also a little more foot dexterity on the climbing portions.
I've done 2- wore my VFF Treksports and I can't recommend them enough (some people were losing shoes in the mud)! I've found both Warrior Dash events to be very organized- plenty of staff to keep things running smoothly, and plenty of porta-johns. Never had to wait in line for anything!
I did the Spartan race on June 4 in NY. Loved it. 3.5 miles only but very very very hilly. I too thought it was very movnat-y. Just general fitness -y. I will admit that it was tougher than I thought it'd be. still not too hard but not easy. I finished in 1 hour 18 minutes. I am doin the tough mudder inNJ in November. Lots of water, 13 miles.
I'd say that although it may sound silly, these races would prolly appeal to a lot of paleo folks especially on these boards.
I did the first Ohio one a couple weekends ago. Wore my KSOs instead of my KSO Treks for the ease of quick draining. I think I would've preferred my Treks though as some portions of the trail that shouldn't have been muddy were, and the little traction of the KSOs was sometimes to my disadvantage.
Ohio's was mostly a trail run with almost all the obstacles in the last mile. The first two miles were an uphill majority with a lake "wade" in the middle. It was a good 5 feet deep and I swam through it and over the logs.
Some of the obstacles were way easier than I was expecting (ok, all with the exception of the horizontal cargo nets), but doing it with a group was fun.
So much fun that I'm looking to do the Ohio II in September, though I'm still waiting to hear from some friends on whether or not they'll do it with me. At least I now have a goal to beat.
However, the group I did it with, we all have signed up for the 2012 event already.
I also agree with Ben, part of the draw was the helmet! :)
I haven't done the Warrior Dash - but I have done two Mud Runs (6+ miles) and one Tough Mudder (10+ miles). I LOVE the obstacle/adventure runs. I'm pre-registered for two more Tough Mudders and one Super Spartan (8 miles).
I find these to be a much more motivating way to spend money and stay in shape than a gym membership. Pre-registering keeps me with a constant goal ahead of me, a constant need to train and stay fit.
I totally agree with the previous posts about Vibrams for these runs.
I will be doing my first Warrior Dash on the 31st of July in Flint, MI. I am soooo excited!!! Thank you all for the feedback. Some pretty informative info. I'll let you know how it goes. Oh yeah, did I mention there is about 20 of us girls going to dress as sexy pirates, so look for us! He he