Warrior Dash in Forney expects 30,000 participants this weekend

By J.J. Smith. As many as 30,000 participants are expected just south of Forney this weekend to slog through, over and under three and a half miles of mud, barbed wire and what event organizers call “14 obstacles from Hell” so that they can have a good ol’ time together at the end drinking beer, eating turkey legs, wearing Viking hats and muddy shorts and halter tops.

It’s called Warrior Dash Texas, described as “the ultimate event for thrill seeking athletes” at Cousins Paintball Park, just south of I-30, between Forney and Mesquite.

It’s one of nine Warrior events scheduled by Red Frog Events across the U.S. in 2010 and this one is sold out, although spectators are welcome and admission is free if they pay the $10 parking fee.

In the Viking-themed competition has participants registered between the ages of 14 and 70+, who will be conquering such “extreme obstacles” as climbing over cargo nets and giant hay bales, trudging through waist-deep water over logs and running down a stream.

Kaufman County officials were concerned that the event site, located off a two-lane, winding Farm-to-Market road would cause congestion problems in an emergency situation, but event organizers have agreed to limit the number of participants on site to 2,500 at a time so they won’t need a mass-gathering permit – which was denied anyway.

No one will be allowed on the property longer than five hours and organizers said they would hand out colored wristbands to help them make sure they adhered to instructions issued by County officials.

Runners will start the course in waves every 30 minutes between 9:30 am and 6 pm this Saturday and Sunday.

“Beer, bands and fun” will begin playing and flowing at 10 am both days.

For more information, visit WarriorDash.com.


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