HOLLISTER, Calif. (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to Navy Recruiting District San Francisco participated in the Warrior Dash Oct. 30.
The Warrior Dash is a 3.1 mile race with 12 obstacles with cargo nets, water obstacles, and a mud pit standing in the way of the finish line. The inaugural Warrior Dash sold out in 2009, the popularity of the race increased it to a national tour, and an estimated 700,000 will compete in 2011 alone.
Lt. Richard Yates, the district's operations officer and a frequent competitor in adventure races, including the Sept. 29 Tough Mudder, inspired others throughout the command to join him. Competing the previous day in an earlier heat he finished the Dash in 36 minutes 48 seconds finishing 878 out of 5,272 setting the bar high for other military competitors.
"The Warrior Dash is a great event for anyone regardless of age," said Yates. "It provides a feeling of self worth upon completion of the course and provides a good source of camaraderie for everyone involved."
The Warrior Dash hosted by Red Frog Events, works with local organizations and provides a monetary donation in exchange for them providing a group of volunteers. Additionally Red Frog Events works with Green Sneakers, an organization that cleans all the muddy shoes donated post race by participants at each Dash. Green Sneakers then restores the shoes and delivers them to third world countries to provide an economic boost where it is needed the most.
Each finisher received a warrior medal as they crossed the finish line to go with their T-shirt and Viking-horned hat that comes with the entry fee. Many teams wore costumes and face paint making a colorful crowd on the Halloween weekend. The race was run as individuals, times set the scores, but most teams and friends gathered together post race for food and festivities.
"The Warrior Dash is a great team building event that challenged us both physically and mentally," said Command Master Chief Sean Crane. "The camaraderie and motivation that resulted was really fantastic. The NRD San Francisco Warrior Dash Team is already talking about next year's event and discussing how we will get more Sailors involved. In today's Navy environment, team building events that involve physical fitness goals are a win-win to Sailors and the Navy."
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