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Posted: October 13th, 2011
Q&A with Joe Kitts, Warrior Dash finisher

Joe Kitts, North East, after finishing the Ohio II Warrior Dash on Sept. 10

1.  Where/when was the Warrior dash you participated in?

I participated in the Ohio II Warrior Dash in Carrollton, Ohio, on September 10th.

2. Was the location hard to find?

The location was in the middle of nowhere but the directions to the race were really good.

3. How did you hear about it?

Friends at the gym (iRock Fitness) and word-of-mouth.

4. Why did you want to participate?

Looked like a good time, and I thought it would be a challenge, too.

5. How many participants were there?

10,943!!! It was crazy but very organized and well run.

6. Was it heavily skewed toward male runners…or were there a lot of females, too?

It didn’t seem like there were more men. Seemed pretty evenly divided. There were lots of large groups of friends running together.

7.  What is the race distance?

3.1 miles

8. Did you bring any special gear or were you told to bring anything special?

No special gear, but they did suggest wearing shoes you were willing to part with. They also suggested bringing extra clothes and garbage bag for dirty clothes.

9.  What was the course like?

I went late in the day and the course was very muddy and slick. There were a lot of hills but the obstacles were well spread out.

10.   Tell me about some of the obstacles.

The deadweight drifter was a good start to get dirty, the chaotic crossover or rope bridge was challenging, and the other obstacles were equally good. Some of the obstacles were interesting as other runners helped each other to finish them. There was a real sense of camaraderie which was very different than other races. See the obstacles here.

11. What obstacle did you not care for? Why?

Hell’s hill was way too slippery; I couldn’t even walk up it. That had to do more with the time of the day that I went, but it was probably brutal even earlier in the day.

12.   What obstacle was fun? Why?

The Warrior roast & Muddy mayhem at the end of the race were awesome. A great way to end the race.

13. How long did it take you to finish the course?

1:02:53

14. Would you do it again? Why?

Absolutely and bring lots of friends to experience the most fun at a race ever.

15. How muddy did you get?

See the pictures!

16.  What was the premium ?

T-Shirt, Viking hat, a medal, and free beer!

17.  What do you wish you’d known going into this? (anything you’d have done differently?)

I would have signed up earlier in the day to race to avoid the slop at the end of the day. And then we could have enjoyed all the bands throughout day.

18. Any advice for others who might want to try this?

The more competitive you are, the earlier in the day you should race. If you are going to have fun, run later in the day.

19. Who should try a Warrior Dash?

People that have run before and done some cross training, but there were all types of athletes there.

20. What was the most fun moment of the day?

Running and finishing with a friend that went with me.

Finish line

 

The most fearsome duo at the race — the Kitts kids. How CUTE is this photo?

BY THE WAY….Joe’s wife Suze is a runner, too, and she is the race director of the Pump-kin Run at Gannon University on Oct. 29 — another unusual race (A 5K combined with a weight-lifting challenge that can shave seconds off your race time).

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