Colorado Warrior Dash Recap

Happy Monday everyone!

I’m back from my self-imposed hiatus, and you know what? I finished my thesis! I am officially graduating! Feels like such a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders! We can chat more about that later though; instead, I want to share my recap of this year’s Warrior Dash with y’all!

Photo cred to Lena. Well, her camera anyway!

Last Sunday, Brandy, Lena, and I and headed up to Copper Mountain for Colorado’s 3rd annual Warrior Dash race! I had done the inaugural Colorado event in 2010, so I was curious to see how the course had changed over the past couple of seasons, and if it was still a fun event (spoiler: it was!)

The three of us got up there, and after a few confusing moments regarding Brandy’s lost registration, we managed to literally arrive at the starting line just as our heat began. We were in the back of the 500+ people in our wave, but I was cool with that. My knee is still a problem and I knew that some substantial walking would be happening.

Hanging out after the race in my Reebok PlayDry clothing

Between 2010 and 2012, Colorado Warrior Dash has changed up a lot of the obstacles and they were a lot more fun this time around! We started things off with an elevated balance beam and a few rope descents. There were a lot of climbing walls of various heights, as well as some tiny tunnels that would make some claustrophobic peeps a little nervous! However, the highlight of any Warrior Dash has to be the mud pit at the end! During my first race in 2010, you may remember that quite a few people were seriously wrecking themselves in this mud pit— splitting their foreheads open, shredding their forearms, etc. WD must have noticed this because the mud pit was SO different this year! It was super deep and filled with liquid mud, almost so you had to swim through it. The girl in front of me was even kicking, like she was swimming, so I ended up with a mouth filled with mud. Yum! 🙂

Me, Brandy, and Lena

But you know what else? Describing fun obstacle events like the Warrior Dash is near impossible, so I have found something even better! I wore my GoPro during the entire event and enlisted Brandy’s husband Scott to edit the footage for me. Scott is awesome with film editing, so his version is far better than mine ever could have been!

After the run, we went over to the Reebok Crossfit tent to speak with the reps and do a little crossfit workout! The super nice people at Reebok even had some new shoes waiting for all three of us, which was awesome because all of ours had gotten thrown in the donation pile after the run!

Reebok RealFlex Shoes

I had to modify the workout a bit to accommodate my knee, but it was still lots of fun. Actually, I am slightly embarrassed to admit that my hamstrings were slightly sore the next day! Goes to show how imbalanced my body was becoming with all running and nothing else! Meeting with the Reebok people also made me even more excited about my upcoming Crossfit trial (which we’ll have to chat about at some point!)

Photo cred to Lena

In short, it was a great day! Is the Warrior Dash the hardest event ever or super intense? Nope, not at all. But it was a great way to spend the day with friends, have a good time, play in the mud, drink a few beers, and enjoy the beautiful mountains that we have here in Colorado!

I was provided with registrations for Warrior Dash for my friend and myself. Opinions expressed are all my own!

Have you ever done a mud run or an obstacle run?
I’ve done Warrior Dash, Tough Mudder, the now defunct Bearable Adventure, and the Denver Oyster Race (just two days ago!)
How do you feel about obstacle/mud runs? 
Love ’em. I think they’re a great way to get together with friends and have a good time. Plus, it’s easy to include friends of all athletic abilities. After all, we do this stuff because it’s fun, right?!


  • Reply Eric at

    fantastic!!! managed to keep the camera mudfree!!!

  • Reply Lena @Fit on the Rocks at

    Yay for graduating! The girl in that video had quite the graceful fall 😉

  • Reply moni at

    Congrats on graduating!!!!
    I’ve never done an obstacle race like that, but I would LOVE to!
    We have one called the Spartan Race where I live. Maybe next year?!

    Did Reebok give out free shoes for everyone?! Or did you get them thanks to a collaboration with the brand?

    • Reply Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal at

      I’ve heard of the Spartan Race but haven’t done it. Not sure it’s in Colorado? I’ll have to check it out! And no, I think Reebok just hooked us up 🙂

  • Reply Alicia at Poise in Parma at

    Holy mud run! Looks like you had a great time. Love the post-run shoe change out – love that blue color as well…

  • Reply Kayla Carruth @ kpLoving It at

    Glad you could cut loose and have some fun!

  • Reply Alison @ racingtales at

    How fun! Sounds like a great time and glad you got some new shoes to replace the old ones. I’ve never done an organized mud run but I do a lot of trail running and love getting muddy!

  • Reply Michelle at

    Looks like a lot of fun! Keep saying I’m going to try one of these obstacle races!

  • Reply Ed at

    What a great video, looks like a great time…I want a gopro sooo freaking bad, think I am slowly saving for one…

    • Reply Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal at

      I was fortunate enough to receive my GoPro as part of Columbia’s OmniTen ambassadorship, and I was flipping ecstatic! It is so perfect for outdoor adventure/endurance sports!

  • Reply PavementRunner at

    That is AWESOME! The footage looks great, course looks heard , and Reebok gear looks sweet!

    All wonderful things!

  • Reply Big Daddy Diesel at

    Warrior Dash is easily one of the funniest races I have ever done

    • Reply Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal at

      There were definitely a lot of giggles 😉 When Lena fell coming out of the mud pit, I literally couldn’t pull it together! I was like 200 yards from the finish line but I was bent over at the waist, totally cracking up!

  • Reply Christine at

    Love the GoPro footage!! That’s so awesome and such great Reebok gear and workout. And, most importantly, congrats on graduating!!

  • Reply Lisa at

    What a great idea! I should have worn my hubby’s GoPro. Maybe for the Color Me Rad! Nice race report!

  • Reply Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb at

    Looks like a ton o fun. Love that you got some use out of your GoPro =)

    • Reply Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal at

      It’s totally becoming a staple in all of my outdoor stuff. Poor Scott is gonna get solicited from me ALL THE TIME for video editing!

  • Reply Elena @CiaoMom at

    Love the video–and what fun!!! A warrior dash is absolutely on my list for next year!! Thanks for the recap!

  • Reply Courtney from Journey of a Dreamer at

    Looks like such a good time! I’m planning on doing the Warrior Dash here at the end of next month!

  • Reply Teamarcia at

    Looks like a blast and I love the video! No mud runs for me…until Sept 15 when I get Pretty Muddy!

  • Reply Debbie @ Live from La Quinta at

    Great video! It looks like you had an awesome time. I really need a GoPro! (how did you keep it clean?

    • Reply Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal at

      The camera goes inside a seal-tight case so nothing gets inside on the actual camera. If you go through waterfalls or something with a lot of splash back (like I did on the Columbia trip) you’ll get stuff on the case that may blur the lens, but the camera stays okay. Also, I was just lucky enough that I never submerged my head in the mud pit 🙂

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  • Reply Julia at

    omggggg! maybe the best post-mud run photo i have ever seen! love it!

  • Reply Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family at

    UMM lOVE IT! Great video and awesome recap 🙂

  • Reply Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning at

    WOW! The video is amazing! I too wonder how you kept it mud free!
    Man, I’m so mad that I’ve never done this race. There’s one around here every year- I think it was in the spring though. I need to do it next year!
    I’ve never done a mud run, a color run or anything like that. A group of my friends are doing the Tough Mudder next month, but I wasn’t CRAZY enough to sign up. 🙂

  • Reply Jess @ Blonde Ponytail at

    This rocks Heather! I’m a big Metallica fan too. 🙂 I found my running has improved since CrossFit–recovered quickly from my H2C legs!

  • Reply RunItMyWay at

    Great post, I LOVED the video!! I hadn’t really thought of doing one of these races before, but after seeing the video I seriously want to try it!! #FF love!!

  • Reply Julianna at

    looks like SUCH a fun race!!!

  • Reply Sierra at

    GoPro is a great idea for this. I loved watching that video!

    Mud races are not for me, but I love to watch! I’m a tomboy in many aspects, but getting dirty is just not one of them.

  • Reply Abby at

    I would love to do a mud/obstacle race, but the one around here is the weekend before my marathon so I am going to refrain. Sounds like so much fun though

  • Reply Noelle McKenzie at

    OMG amazing amazing!!! My eyes were glued- I love all the video effects in the filming- great job ladies!

  • Reply Meredith at

    Really awesome video!! Makes it look like a blast, but shows all the obstacles. Great job, and glad it was all fun!

  • Reply Neon Blonde Runner at

    Love love the video! That tunnel thing would have freaked me out……

  • Reply STUFT Mama at

    Awesome Heather!!!! SO glad you got some new shoes. He he. And that video….. you just rock lady! What did you use to edit? Way to represent FF!!!!

  • Reply AmyC @ running escapades at

    Great recap. That video is a great way to really SHOW people what the Dash is all about. Loved it! And Colorado does look beautiful 😉

  • Reply Jamie at

    I loved this, great job! The video was great and I was also impressed that you didn’t get any mud on the lens 🙂

  • Reply mymarblerye at

    Holy moly. You girls are ZERIOUZ!!! i WOULD have died! Great job and it looks so fun!

  • Reply Lisa@RunWiki at

    What a great video! Love it! I’m ready to Warrior Dash! #Pumped!

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