Review – Desert Warrior Challenge 2015

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This was the 2nd edition of the DWC challenge in Dubai after it proved hugely popular after the 1st one last year. This year the event took place at a new location close to the outlet mall.
I only managed to register for the race a week before the event. So while I didn’t train specifically for the event, I hoped my infrequent run and cycle routine would get me through the course.
The only strength training I was doing was some body weight routine consisting of Squats, push-ups and a lot of pull ups at home.
I was lucky to get an early start time of 8:45 am. This was beneficial for a number of reasons like avoiding bottlenecks at lot of the obstacles where there were a lot of people queuing up to safely complete their obstacle. But for me the early start meant spending less time running under the hot sun.
A newer course meant newer obstacles and I was quite impressed with my own ability in navigating through most of the obstacles like the monkey bars without any issue. Something I struggled with last year.IMG_5640
There were some of the popular obstacles from last year like The Monster and 1/4 pipe and even the Brain freeze.
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The race pack was the same as last year with the standard tshirt, key chain with only the addition of a face towel this year.
Race Pack

Race Pack

I’m glad the organizers decided to reward the finishers with a medal styled in the form of a U.S. Army dog tag. Very cool.
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I think the next edition of the Spartan race will be even bigger and better and will give the Dwc a run for its money.
It’s not easy pulling off an event of this scale safely. So a big high five to all the people involved in putting up this event.
I will definitely be taking part next year and this is on my list of ‘Must Do’ events for the year.
Watch the video of the event taken on my Gopro
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