Warrior Dash 8/20/11 Copper Mountain, CO

Sarah and I drove up to this race the morning before our wave start so we did not stay on site and I cannot comment on the accommodations.

Parking was at Copper Mountain Resort parking area and buses took the runners up to the resort village.  Allow for some time for parking and shuttle.  We arrived with an hour before our wave and had time to get to the village and pick up our packets with about 15 minutes to spare before the start.  The village had the registration tent, food, entertainment, vendors, bathroom facilities, entertainment, the start, the finish and the showers. 

For our 1 PM start we breezed through packet pick up: bib number, t-shirt and fuzzy Warrior hat.  The timing chip was a beer coupon and there were no add ins in the packets.  On the bib number was a $5 coupon for Warrior Gear.  At that time, there weren’t any lines.

The start corral was a distance from the registration tent and seemed small for the anticipated 500 runners per wave.  We ended up outside the corral at the back.  The start was very casual and nearly on time.  Initially, the runners were packed close and there was not much room to spread out.

The course was a simple loop between continuous plastic tape.  The obstacles were wide enough and sturdy enough to handle the waves.  Actual barbed wire was in use on several obstacles.  After the mud pit, the course was wet and muddy and somewhat slippery.  Mud made the obstacles on the last part of the course slick. 

The only location for spectators was at the mud pit.  All other portions of the course were closed.

The obstacles were interesting and challenging but not difficult.

Post race food was a bottle of water and a bag of sunflower seeds though full meals were available for purchase.  The shower after the race was a nice temp and the chance to sluice off the mud was indescribable. 

The village area seemed crowded and disorganized but we were able to find all the locations we needed.  The shuttle buses were not overly crowded and there did seem to be plenty of parking though there was a bit of ‘make it up as you go along’ involved.

We are already planning on doing this race again next year – in costume!

Overall, I’d give it an A-.

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