(07/27/12) - Get ready to crawl through mud, and run through fire - The Warrior Dash has returned to Mid-Michigan.
The extreme obstacle course and festival is back at Genesee Township's Cummings Center for the second straight year.
"It is the craziest freakin' day of your life. You challenge yourself out on the course, head over to the festival for a beer and some live music, maybe a turkey leg, so be ready," said Foreman of Festivities Alex Yount.
While people are still encouraged to come out this weekend, the race itself is sold out. Waves of 600 people will take off every half hour between 8 and 6 on Saturday and Sunday.
"We'll have 25,000 participants, and that's just runners. It is one of our biggest races," Yount said.
"The hotels are booked, the restaurants will be standing room only, the campgrounds, you name it," said Genesee County Parks Director Amy McMillan. "Last year, the take, just from the people that raced - not the spectators - was $4.85 million."
Hovering over the Dash, though, last year's mishap that ended with a Hope College student paralyzed from the chest down. Red Frog Productions is stressing caution to all participants.
"We just made sure that every obstacle was looked at by our medical team. We have a medical team at each obstacle, and they'll be there to help as well," said race director Kendra Alley.
Friday morning, final touches were being made to the 3.5 mile course. It's longer than last year, with more obstacles, more mud, more water and even more fire than last year.
"It's rough. You start out and you think it's OK, then you get back in the woods, and it's up and down, super windy, and presents a lot of challenges," said Advocate of Encouragement Liz Khoshaba.
For a schedule of Warrior Dash festivities, click HERE. www.warriordash.com/register2012_michigan.php
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