HUNTERSVILLE – Hundreds of warriors will storm the Lake Norman area this weekend to prove their worth on the battlefield.

Or at least on the field of the world’s largest obstacle course series.

The 2013 N.C. Warrior Dash returns to Rural Hill June 1.

The race promises a 3-mile course that stretches around the historic site, on which runners face 11 obstacles, including the Muddy Mayhem, the Great Warrior Wall and Hard Rain. Warriors will also scale cliffs, dodge barbed wire, leap across flames and slide town the Petrifying Plunge.

The Warrior Dash returns to Rural Hill after runs in 2011 and 2012.

“Hosting the Warriors Dash is always exciting,” Rural Hill Executive Director Jeff Fissel said. “The team at Red Frog Events puts together a great event and we are happy to continue to partner with them for their North Carolina race.”

The race is one of nearly 40 in the U.S., with several other events in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Asia.

Participants compete in various age divisions and will set out in several waves of up to 500 runners throughout the day, beginning at 8 a.m. and running as late as 6 p.m.

Registration for the event has closed, but spectators are welcome to join the festival, get a big mud hug and watch the course and some obstacles in the spectator viewing area, all for free. Parking costs $10 per vehicle.

Watching the event can be a sight, as runners come dressed in some outrageous costumes – only to find themselves later covered from head to toe in mud.

The dash supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by having runners collect pledges and raise money. The race offers exclusive amenities for the “St. Jude VIP” runners, based on how much they raise, including private bathrooms and showers, food and drinks and a chance to win a trip to any U.S. Warrior Dash event next year.

Warrior Dash also partners with USAgain to collect and recycle surplus shoes. Participants are encouraged to bring unwanted shoes from home, as well as recycling their muddy race shoes at the USAgain tent near the finish line. Shoes will be diverted from entering into landfills and given a second life by people around the world, making this unique recycling opportunity a win-win for our planet. 


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