Warrior Dash, the 5K obstacle course race that more than 3 million people have completed since 2009, will feature 27 stops across the United States beginning in Florida this February. Making its 2018 debut is the Warrior Dash “Elements Tour” where participants will battle Earth, Air, Fire, and Water across 12 new and classic obstacles.
“As we head into our tenth season, we’re excited to introduce our return Warriors, and new ones, to the Elements Tour,” says Ryan Kunkel, Co-CEO at Red Frog Events, producers of Warrior Dash. “Participants can expect fun, new challenges as they conquer the Elements on the course and head to the festival for the best post-race party in the industry.”
Obstacles: New obstacles and variations on signature obstacles will make up the 12 featured in the Elements Tour. Returning obstacles include participant favorites Upslide Down XL, Pallet Jacked, Mud Mounds, Summit Plummet, Down to Earth (previously Trenches), Alcatraz, Warrior Summit, Warrior Roast, and Muddy Mayhem. New to the Warrior Dash obstacle lineup:
- Super Soaker: Almost like a nice, hot shower. Half balance beam, half ramp climb, and soaking wet from all sides.
- No Man’s Land: Atteeeention! We brought a bit of basic training to the course. Over then under then over again, get going Cadet.
- Rock Slide: Side step or splash. Shimmy your way across swaying trusses, but watch out for other Warriors swinging your way, too. Keep your balance or you’re in for a bath.
- Natural Disaster: Conquer the Elements. Crawl, climb, and slide through a combination of Earth, Air, Water and Fire.
Kids Training Grounds: Little Warriors are welcome to participate in the Kids Training Grounds area at each Warrior Dash location. The Kids Training Grounds features mini obstacles and mud, plus a Warrior helmet for kids to wear and take home. Ages 3-9 can partake in the action (adult supervision required at all times) and all-day access is $10 per child. Children 10 and up are eligible to register and run the Warrior Dash course.
Participant Swag and Medals: After a short hiatus, Warrior Dash’s iconic bottle-opener medal is making its return in 2018, featuring the Elements Tour design. Participants will also receive a new, limited edition Elements Tour t-shirt, along with the Warrior Dash signature fuzzy helmet.
Festival: At no cost to spectators or racers, Warrior Dash is proud to host the best post-race festival in the industry. Returning in 2018 will be a live DJ, food and beverages, dancing, games and contests, ample shade and seating to refuel, and plenty of profile picture-worthy photo opportunities. Contests include Stein Standoff, Best Costume, Best Beard, and more. Dogfish Head will be adding a new flavor to the festival bar with their 60 Minute IPA, Namaste White, and the recently named “Beer Product of the Year,” SeaQuench Ale. This session sour is a flavorful, low cal beer brewed to be the most thirst-quenching beverage ever made by Dogfish Head and specifically designed for those that enjoy a delicious indie craft beer while maintaining an on-the-go athletic routine. Several new brand partners will also be joining Warrior Nation in 2018 and enhancing the participant experience.
Registration: New in 2018, participants will have the option of signing up for a Premium Registration. Benefits of the Premium Registration include choosing any wave time on the day of the race, VIP bag drop, as well as having their bib, an extra beer ticket, and an unlimited re-run wristband mailed to them ahead of the race. Premium Registrations are limited to 100 Warriors per location. The Competitive, Preferred, and Standard wave options remain as registration choices.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: Warrior Dash is proud to continue its long-standing partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. By signing up as a St. Jude Hero, participants can fundraise and receive a variety of perks based on the total raised, including: access to the St. Jude VIP tent with private showers, complimentary gear check, food, non-alcoholic beverages, race registration refund, speakers, and a trail backpack. All donations go towards the lifesaving work being done at the St. Jude Red Frog Events Proton Therapy Center. Since the program began in 2012, Warrior Dash participants have helped raise more than $14 million for St. Jude.
2018 Warrior Dash Locations:
Central Florida, Feb. 10
Central Texas, March 3
Panama City, March 10
Dallas / Fort Worth, March 17
SoCal, March 24
Georgia, April 14
Tennessee, April 21
Gulf Coast, April 28
Oklahoma, May 5
Wisconsin, May 12
Oregon, May 19
North Carolina, June 2
Kansas City, June 9
Tri-State, June 23
Minnesota, June 30
Nebraska, July 14
Ohio, July 21
Michigan, July 28
Missouri, Aug. 4
New England, Aug. 18
Pennsylvania, Aug. 25
Indiana, Sept. 8
Colorado, Sept. 15
Washington, Sept. 22
Illinois, Sept. 29
New Mexico, Oct. 20
For more information on locations and registration, head to WarriorDash.com.
About Warrior Dash: Warrior Dash is the 5K obstacle course race that anyone can start and everyone can finish. Since 2009, over 3 million participants have celebrated their decision to leave their normal weekend in the mud – and the running industry hasn’t been the same since. Warrior Dash and its parent company, Red Frog Events, with the help of participants and a variety of initiatives, have donated over $14 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Visit WarriorDash.com to learn more or find a location near you.
About Red Frog Events: Red Frog Events is an event production company and a pioneer of the experiential entertainment industry, recognized for its award-winning company culture. Since 2007, the company has developed innovative brands including the Warrior Dash obstacle race series, Firefly Music Festival, Chicago Beer Classic, and Grunt Style Air Show Majors. Red Frog also provides event services ranging from food and beverage to its ticketing platform, EventSprout. Red Frog has been named one of Forbes’ “Most Promising Companies in America”, has appeared consecutively on Inc. Magazine’s “Fastest Growing Companies” list, and was recognized on Chicago Tribune’s “Top Workplaces” from 2011-2014, among other honors. In recognition of its philanthropic efforts, the company was selected as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s “Corporate Partner of the Year”. To date, Red Frog has raised over $14.5 million of a $25 million dollar fundraising commitment to St. Jude and in 2016, announced a one percent profit donation to the organization. Visit RedFrogEvents.com for more information.