Warrior Dash 2016 Announcements

Warriors, 2015 was a kick-ass year. To keep things funky and fresh, we’ve been brainstorming in Chicago and can’t wait to announce our 2016 improvements.


Most 2016 Warrior Dash locations have been announced. We’re still finalizing Ontario and Wisconsin. For these locations only, we will honor the Cyber Monday pricing for a limited time (once they are launched). Stay tuned for the full list of locations by the end of the year.



We’re introducing some new obstacles along with modifications to a few of your favorites. We can’t wait to see our Warriors conquer the Battleground in 2016.


Our afterparty now includes a full day of activities, contests, and giveaways, including best beard and costume contests, along with a new hot sauce challenge. Are you able to make it on to our Warrior Wall of Flame? Show your fellow Warriors you can take the heat by signing up for the Warrior Wing Challenge on site.

Activities throughout the day include more interactions from our sponsors, brand new merchandise available at the Warrior Store, a photo booth (at select locations), tug-of-war, dance parties, and of course, Shock Top beer (for those 21 and over). This is just a small taste of what to expect at the afterparty festival.

We’re also introducing our new signature food item: The Warrior Wing Plate. You can pre-order it during registration or buy it at the festival. This includes a half-pound of juicy, tender pork wings, served over a bed of seasoned fries, accompanied by a signature Warrior Dash Beard Bib. Your choice of mild and hot sauces will be available on site.

We’ve decided to replace our turkey leg with The Warrior Wing Plate for a few reasons. We want to make sure Warriors get a consistent experience. The turkey legs came in a lot of different sizes and were very inconsistent to cook in a timely manner. We decided we wanted our Warriors to experience the next great food trend with delicious pork wings. Sometimes, you need more than legs to finish the course. Sometimes, you need wings to fly.

Parking Updates

No charge for parking on race day! In 2016, it is our goal to continue to provide you, our Warriors, the best event experience. One of the ways we aim to do so is to make the parking experience smooth, allowing you to get to the start line as quickly as possible. Instead of a $10 parking charge per car (paid on-site on race day), a $4 per registration parking fee will be paid in advance during online registration.

Eliminating the on-site payment ensures the quickest ingress possible for you to the event, because each car no longer has to stop, start, and pay, causing potential traffic back-ups.

On average, 2.5 people carpool together to Warrior Dash, so that’s how we came to $4 per Warrior. In addition, spectators no longer have to pay for parking. So, bring any family and friends to cheer you on and join us in the festival, free of charge.

Warrior Swag

We’ll have new giveaways this year, including a new participant shirt, finisher medal (that doubles as a wall-mountable bottle opener), and our signature fuzzy red helmets. Stay tuned to our Warrior Dash Facebook page this week for pictures!

St. Jude

This year, Warrior Dash enters its fifth consecutive year as a national partner with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Join thousands of Warriors by becoming a St. Jude Warrior and fundraising. We’re halfway to our commitment to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. So far, Warrior Dash and its parent company, Red Frog Events, with the help of participants and a variety of initiatives, have fundraised over $12.5 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Help us reach our $25 million goal by becoming a St. Jude Warrior.

All money raised goes directly to the St. Jude Red Frog Events Proton Therapy Center, opening on the St. Jude campus in Memphis by the end of 2015.

In addition to helping save lives, fundraisers also have the opportunity to earn prizes:

  • $100 – St. Jude Warrior Bandana
  • $300 – Access to the St. Jude tent at your respective Warrior Dash. Access includes private showers, a complimentary gear check, food, non-alcoholic beverages, and your own hangout area within the festival
  • $500 – Dash for FREE and get Sport Headphones
  • $1,000 – Trail Backpack

New Wave Options

Want to tackle the battleground in its best condition? To beat the heat and be the first to the finish line, sign up for a preferred wave. Want a shot at Warrior glory? Sign up for a competitive wave to run with some of our strongest Warriors who want to seriously conquer the Battleground. The top 10 male and 10 female finishers will be recorded so they can celebrate (and brag a little) in all their Warrior glory. The top three male and female finishers will be recognized on stage at their respective Warrior Dash. Competitive and preferred waves are just $10 more than a standard wave.

Warrior Dash World Championship

In 2016, we are dedicated to providing our high-quality festival experience and challenging obstacles for our participants, while continuing to bring added fun and excitement to every step of the event. That being said, we have altered the plans of our previous Warrior Dash World Championship.

We are excited to announce our partnership with the OCR World Championships. Their international championship event is taking place on October 14-16, 2016 at Blue Mountain, in Ontario, Canada. We believe we can elevate the obstacle course racing industry by partnering with the OCR World Championships, so all our Warriors can compete with the best in the industry. Our competitive Warriors can qualify by finishing in the top 10 for their gender in any of our competitive waves.

Re-run Laps

We’re now offering the option for you to re-run a lap on the same day. For just $20 paid to the Solutions Tent (previously the Information Tent), you’ll get a sticker on your bib that allows you to run as many laps on the course as you’d like.

Group Packaging and Group Discounts

We’re happy to offer two great options for larger groups. If you’re looking for a more elevated experience, please try our Ultimate Group Package. This is for parties of 10 Warriors or more, and includes an extra free beer, a $10 food voucher (no change given), a $5 coupon to use at our Warrior Store, complimentary parking, team announcements by our emcee, and a reserved 10 x 10 foot tent with tables and chairs for your team. This package can be purchased for a flat price (including all fees) for $100 per Warrior.

For Warriors looking to receive a group discount for a large number of participants, we offer the following options for 15 or more people:


Please call our customer service to reserve your Ultimate Group Package or Group Discount today at 312-262-6099. Kindly note, we’re available Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm CT.

New Transfer Policy

This year, there will be no change fees for making a transfer.  We understand things change and life happens. Recitals get scheduled, ankles get twisted, and birthdays are remembered. Therefore, if you need to change your wave time, the date of your event, or let a friend run in your place, we allow you to do so. You’ll only pay the difference in price and will not be asked to pay a separate change fee.