MECHANICSVILLE—Warrior Dash returned to the state of Maryland on Saturday, as many participants took part in the event at Budd’s Creek in Mechanicsville in St. Mary’s County.
Warrior Dash is a 5k obstacle course with 12 world-class obstacles and over three million participants since 2009 that is held in many cities and states around the country.
“Our biggest and most exciting obstacles are Goliath,” said Rebecca Ryan, the lead event checker for Warrior Dash. “It’s got a big slide into a nice, cool pit of water, and then you get to climb through a very muddy mud pit under some barbed wire, and, of course, we have our classic fire jump, where you get to jump over the fire and show off your Warrior skills and get that new profile picture everybody’s hoping for.”
According to Ryan, about 10,000 people, including spectators and runners, were to show up at Budd’s Creek on Saturday. “It feels really good to put on an event that people enjoy,” she said, “and we have people who come back from year to year to have a great time.”
Two residents of Montgomery County traveled all the way to St. Mary’s County to take on the obstacle course, including Olaf Petersen of Poolesville, and Spencer Magladry of Damascus.
“This is my fourth year running,” Petersen said. “The first year I did it was because it was for St. Jude and I wanted a challenge, so it’s two things, but this is more just a tradition now.”
Petersen also noted that his friends back in Montgomery County wanted to participate, but couldn’t be there. “I feel like it’s nice to run for all of them,” he said.
Magladry was also proud to represent Montgomery County at the event. “We did it last year and we had a great time last year, so this is our second time around and had a great time again,” he said.
However, besides Montgomery County residents taking part, the Warrior Dash in Maryland turned out to be very geographically diverse, with other people arriving from Howard County, Harrisburg and Lebanon, Pa., and Virginia Beach, Va.
“We have people traveling from hours around to come and do the Warrior Dash, so we really take it very seriously to make sure we put on a great event for them, and we really appreciate the fact that people are willing to travel just to come hang out with us for the day,” Ryan said.