My Daughter likes to run but she loves to run trail courses. She has been asking me for a long time to find her an obstacle or mud run. Generally everything I found was way too intense for a young girl, I was not putting her in a “tough mudder” type of race. I finally found just what we were looking for, the Duck-n-Dodge at Camp Warner.
Saturday was race day and we arrived the recommended fifty minutes before her 9:30 wave was to run. We were given a map in the parking area showing us the course and check in. Very nice! Who hasn’t wandered around at a race trying to find check in at least one time? The volunteers were so friendly and energetic for this race. It was really fun to see!
There was free face painting to get you in the mood.
Arriving early gave us time to see the first wave (9am runners) hit some of the obstacles and for a little strategy for her run. We saw that racers with painted on beards were given a 29 second head start for their wave. So she went to working painting on a great beard!
29 seconds in a large group is a big head start to avoid a backup at the obstacles. We watched the slip and slide to see the best way to approach it. Also the squirrel trap to find the quickest way through.
Then it was time for the 9:30 wave to line up! Daughter was excited!!!!
The first obstacle was the carry wood to the other side of the lane. Great idea to get firewood moved!
Then they disappeared into the woods for a bit and did a couple of more obstacles. They emerged from the woods to a giant slip and slide on a hill.
And there were some water obstacles….
Daughter was off to a good lead. Most of the pack was behind her and she had no wait for the obstacles…
Then they took off into the woods and across the street again…
The next time I saw here was coming up the hill around mile three looking like this…
And I couldn’t stop laughing at her because this look was really funny. I know it was mean, she had run three miles at this point but she looked so caked in flour.
Daughter had two obstacles to go before the finish.
And at the end she looked like this…
She was happy and tired. Most of all she wanted the floor out of her hair.
Someone suggested dipping in the lake. It was warmer and seemed to do the job better.
Overall we loved the race. It was safe for Daughter but still challenging. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Everything was clearly marked and easy to find. We cannot wait to do this race again next summer!
Here are more of the obstacles that the racers faced…
The Duck-n-Dodge website can be found here: http://www.duckndodge.com/