CLARKSBURG — The Warrior Dash made its Montgomery County debut over the weekend.
Dozens of weekend warriors made the trek to spacious High Point Farm Saturday to participate in one of the nation’s dirtiest events.
Runners from all around the region and points beyond competed in the 5k obstacle course race and festival that attracts more than three million participants worldwide.
Arizona, California, Georgia, Mississippi, New Mexico, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Indiana, Wisconsin are among the states that host the Warrior Dash on an annual basis but Maryland is a unique location according to the event spokesperson.
The event was a good draw for a runner who lives within the confines of Montgomery County, Prince George’s County or even the District of Columbia.
“Our average drive time is about 90 minutes … and some people come from even further than that,” said John Beck, a former Rockville resident who serves as the Warrior Dash’s lead event director. “I talked to a couple people out here that were from North Carolina.”
Budd’s Creek Motocross Racetrack in Mechanicsville has hosted the event in prior years but the Northern Montgomery County location in Maryland was a good fit for the 2018 race.
“It’s a 5k obstacle course race and there’s 12 obstacles out there,” said Beck. “We have people jumping over walls, jumping over fire, crawling through mud, crawling under barbed wire. It kind of runs the gamut so we test everyone’s physical and mental strength out there and then afterwards everybody gets to have a beer and hang out in our post-race festival.”
The event was reminiscent of a state fair with vendors selling everything from T-shirts and food to alcoholic beverages.
There was a family atmosphere as parents brought their children and a live DJ played tunes from the past and present including the Drake hit “In My Feelings.”
Annapolis resident Cari Pinnix traveled from Anne Arundel County to compete in the event and spend time with her 14-year-old niece, Isabelle Duran.
“I’m a runner and she wanted to do a race with me so I had her do this one,” said Pinnix.
The Broadneck High School graduate said she had run the Budd’s Creek obstacle course for the past three years but was looking forward to the Clarksburg course.
“We had a lot of fun,” said Pinnix. “It was my niece’s first time.”
Duran made the trip from Pennsylvania to Maryland to bond with her aunt and participate in the Warrior Dash.
“I was expecting a little bit more mud,” said Duran, “but towards the end we got a lot of mud and there was a lot of trails which I wasn’t expecting because it doesn’t really look like there would be trails but it was really fun.”
For the participants soaked in mud, there were showers on site where they could rinse off and enjoy the festival with friends and family.
How much fun did the Warrior Dash provide for the participants?
“Out of a ten, I’d probably say an eight or a nine,” said Duran, who added that she would definitely come back again next year.