[quote="fist of doom"]it was a blast, albeit horribly disorganized and painfully expensive. one got the distinct impression that the whole thing was dreamed up and organized by slack jawed potheads. no action pics -they cost too much. me, my brother, 2 cousins, and 2 firends did it and 4/6 of us survived. It was one of the funnest things that I’ve done in years and I was glad to be able to compete with family and extended family at my side.
i trained (if you could call it that) for 22 days. added approx 1.5 miles of running stairs/hills daily w sprints mixed in on top of my normal routine of grappling, XC & DH riding. also ate a little cleaner and drank more liquor instead of beer. the course was not as difficult as i'd anticipated, but then again i had anticipated some pretty brutal sh!t.
you are not permitted to bring food in and there are no vegan options other than expensive soggy fries. smuggle in food. and a lawnchair and blanket.
there was no place where spectators could watch.
get there early. you will be required to wait in many, many lines.
if you forget your ID like my moron brother did, you will need your friends and family to steal a pass, flags, shirts, etc and assit you in jumping the fence to get in.
the night prior try to carboload with a 30 pack of Bush & a bottle of Tully. it def makes you run faster.
it's better to sign up for an early wave as the course gets pretty trashed.
there are fast and slow zombies. plus some sneaky ones. put your flags in front of your crotch, not on your ass
in my opinion, the obstacles were kinda lame and really easy. except for the water crossing, which was brutal and really sucked.
survivors get the exact same medal as those who got killed by the zombies which is total BS for those of us who want to mock our friends who were fat, frail, weak, slow and died.
unless you want to get changed in a filthy porta john afterwards, there is no place to change out of your soaking wet gear so be prepared to get naked in front of thousands of strangers.
stand by the finish line and use wit, guile or charm to get people to give you their beer tickets. this is better than buying $4 pbr drafts.
the music will be abysmally bad and have nothing to do w zombies.
in Baltimore, they shut the course down at approx 5p and many people did not get to run.
the waves do not start on time. you pretty much run when you're ready to run.
LOL wow sounds like there were some pretty unpleasant happenings this year. But this was their first race and, post-race, it sounded like they were trying to make amends with those who got shafted for whatever reason. The Warrior Dash was pretty well organized, waves started on time, etc. Sorry you had such a poor experience.
Don't let it stop you though! Keep running!