For some people, racing is a mental game where rhythm and pace are everything - your lungs open up, the endorphins starts pumping and you reach a Zen-like state of focus. Then there are the people who do the Warrior Dash.
Built more like a military-style obstacle course, a Warrior Dash event - and there are dozens across the U.S. - is about charging ahead and screaming at the top of your lungs. And it's coming to Whistler (and Canada) for the first time on Aug. 6.
The course is already posted online at www.warriordash.com, although you might want to take a few minutes to watch the video before you click to see what the Whistler event will look like. Mud. Fire. Ropes. This race has it all.
The Whistler event gets underway at Base II, and charges up the ski hill by the tube park while following a course that weaves around the access road. It crosses over the side of the mountain and then works its way back around to the start line.
The course is short as always - a typical Warrior Dash is maybe five kilometres at the most, and Whistler's event is just under five kilometres - but there are 10 challenges from start to finish: The Junkyard Jam (obstacles you must run over), the Tunnels of Terror (a corrugated pipe you have to crawl through), the Cliffhanger (a rappel down a steep ravine), the Warrior Wall (climb over a wall), the Tipsy Tightrope (crossing a creek using ropes), Arachnophobia (crawling through a web of ropes), Walk the Plank (crossing narrow planks over a ditch), the Cargo Climb (climbing over cargo nets), the Warrior Roast (leaping over flames) and the Muddy Mayhem (crawling through a mud puddle).
Registration is now live, and the event is priced at $50 until Sunday, July 10 when the price goes up $10. You must register before 1 p.m. on July 25, when registration closes.
Some of the larger Warrior Dash events attract over 15,000 participants. While the Whistler event isn't capped, it's realistic to expect 1,000 people at the start line. The event already has a huge following on the coast with events in Oregon, Northern California and Southern California.
Registration is online at www.warriordash.com under British Columbia.