It was the perfect spring day – sunny and warm, with waves crashing into a brilliant blue ocean – it was as if the ocean was clapping for each BoldrDasher who were either swinging, climbing or crawling along the sand. On May 2, at Scarborough State Beach, BoldrDash once again created an ideal scenario for fun, challenge, excitement and adventure.
Over 2,000 BoldrDashers and spectators from 14 states packed the beach that Saturday. Families lined up for family and kids’ races while adults prepared to face dozens of formidable challenges in the sand, waves and wind over the 3 plus mile-long Obstacle Course Race (OCR).
It was a day to remember – smiles and laughs all around, even from those who looked thoroughly exhausted as they crossed the finish line, often holding hands with teammates.
“Our BoldrDash community has really grown,” says founder and personal trainer, Lynn Hall. “You simply can’t beat the energy and camaraderie of our Dashers.”
With more obstacles and less focus on running than typical OCRs, BoldrDash offers a uniquely exciting and inventive course. Hall’s team of designers always have something new in store for Dashers; working to creatively incorporate various levels of difficulty to challenge people of all ages, shapes and physical abilities.
This strategy was evident everywhere along the course. While some took a welcome helping hand or less challenging option, Elite Dashers took every obstacle head-on – brows dripping with sweat, as they approached the finish line in search of a record time.
BoldrDash on The Beach 2015 featured 175 teams. Among them were the returning New England Spahtans, Team Balls R Us from New York and Arpin Strong. A new team from Dave’s Marketplace took the course by storm with its whopping 75 members, while the first All Abilities Team came together, encouraging anyone and everyone of all abilities to join them. And in a statement that truly underscores the heart of the BoldrDash community, teams Body Complete and Body and Soul ran in memory of teammate Jane Mullen, who lost her battle to brain cancer only a few weeks prior.
Every Dasher was met at the finish line by energizing music, hugs and cheers. From there they went onto a massage, family time in the festival, or straight to the AftertheDash Bash celebration at The Bon Vue for a free Narragansett Beer.
No Time to Rest: Sign up for Mud!
The largest BoldrDash yet is on the horizon: the 5th annual two-day mud event that takes place at Yawgoo Valley Ski and Sport, this year on Oct 3 and 4. This dash is vastly different from the beach; Yawgoo presents a muddy challenge of mountainous proportions. Besides the annual favorites – like a 200- ft long slip and slide that hurls racers down the mountain – this year’s course has new surprises in store with 3-4 miles and 25-30 fun, challenging and unique obstacles.
In addition to Lynn Hall’s Sunday morning boot camps, Hall will be hosting private and corporate team-building boot camps at Yawgoo throughout the summer. Events include one-hour boot camp and a half-hour 1-mile practice course.
Dash with Kids Then Hit the Water Slide on Aug 9
BoldrDash is hosting an all new BoldrDash Kids Outing Event at Yawgoo Valley Ski and Sport on August 9 from 10am – 2pm. The day features tons of fun, including a .5 – 2 mile kids/family course and one hour on the Yawgoo Valley Water Slide. Lunch included for only $40.
Visit boldrdashrace.com or contact [email protected] to sign up for events, boot camps or to learn more.