Course Will Feature 7 Kilometers with More than 30 Obstacles
Ottawa, Ontario – May. 17, 14
The BADASS Dash™ Obstacle Challenge, one of the world’s leading producers of obstacle course challenges and adventure races, and whose events benefit Autism Speaks is kicking off its Canadian 2014 series on July 19th at the new Wesley Clover Parks located at 401 Corkstown Road. The course will feature over 30+ unique, challenging, fun and BADASS obstacles sprawled across a 7K (4.4 mile) course that takes advantage of the beautiful landscape of the Parks.
Brian Sharenow, Race Director for the BADASS Dash™ series states, “We are very pleased to be able to deliver the first race of its kind at the Wesley Clover Parks, as we kick off the three events that make up our 2014 Canadian Race Series. We’re excited for the racers to experience not only a newly designed BADASS course, with over 30 obstacles that they will attempt to conquer, but also all of the unique elements we have added to this race that will separate us from the other obstacle course races that take place”.
“Being that the focus of our events is to raise awareness and funds for those affected by autism, we are pleased to using a venue like Wesley Clover Parks to expand both awareness and support for this great cause”, states Grant Reeves, CEO for BADASS Dash™ LLC. “So while we are always working towards our end goal of providing individuals on the autism spectrum with their finish line, we are looking forward to providing all of our competitors the opportunity to further develop a fun and interactive relationship with family, friends, co-workers and now also pets, through competition.”
“We are very proud to be able to work with Autism Speaks to host an event like this,” said Karen Sparks, Executive Director of Wesley Clover Parks. “This sort of event is precisely the kind of thing we hope to inspire and enable with the Parks facility.”
Each BADASS Dash™ competitor has the opportunity to compete individually or on a team in one of 4 Divisions:
- The ELITE division, as the name implies, is geared toward individuals who are well trained (e.g., police personnel, firefighters, armed forces members, competitive athletes) and are looking to “get after it” while having the race of a lifetime. This division showcases those who can navigate through the obstacles while mastering the terrain the fastest, for the chance to win big prizes and even bigger bragging rights.
- The RECREATION division, which can be appropriate for anyone from an avid racer to a weekend warrior to someone just looking for a new personal challenge, is geared toward those with no specific training in Obstacle Course Challenges or Adventure Races but who want to set a goal of simply reaching the finish line.
- The K9 COMPANION division is the first of its kind in the OCR genre, where participants bring their dogs and take part as a team in a race specifically designed for them. Each male or female runner must be at least 14 years of age, and their dog must be at least 1 year old. The size, shape or breed of dog does not matter. A maximum lead of 4 feet will be required for all dogs. The teams will follow the same course as the Recreation division, but a number of the obstacles will be redesigned specifically for them to conquer together.
- The KIDS DASH division is for children 4 – 13 years of age, and is split in two. The Kids Dash for 4 – 6 years old features a 200-yard course with obstacles suited to their size, while the 7 – 13 year olds get to race a 1-mile course with a mixture of adult and kids obstacles.
Those not racing are encouraged to travel the course alongside the racers and cheer them on as they move from obstacle to obstacle as quickly as possible. Afterward, all are invited to join in the festivities of the BONFIRE BASH which will host racers, canines, vendors and spectators in a festival atmosphere, offering live entertainment, a beer garden, food and beverages, an exposition area, awards ceremonies, contests and prize giveaways.
Whether you are searching for a personal challenge, pride yourself in being a weekend warrior or are an avid racer seeking a full-blown adrenaline rush, go to www.badassdash.com to register for the most BADASS obstacle course challenge and adventure run this side of insanity. For more information on the entire race series, check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/thebadassdash.
About Wesley Clover Parks
This spring the former Nepean National Equestrian Park is reopening as Wesley Clover Parks – a community hub for outdoor education and recreation. The expanded facility will have a continued focus on equestrianism, but will grow to serve a much larger community with activities ranging from outdoor sport and education, to arts and culture and sustainable agriculture.
The transformation will occur over the next several years, starting with the reopening of the riding school and camp ground in May. Over the next several months, plans will be revealed in more detail. Visit www.wesleycloverparks.com to stay informed.
About BADASS Dash Obstacle Challenge
The BADASS Dash Obstacle Challenge is a world-wide Obstacle Course Challenge and Adventure Race series that benefits Autism Speaks – an organization dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. It is the belief of both BADASS Dash Obstacle Challenge and Autism Speaks that by working together, we will find the missing pieces of the puzzle. BADASS Dash Obstacle Challenge is committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals, as the cause is bigger than the obstacles. For more information, visit www.badassdash.com. Find BADASS Dash™ on Facebook and follow on Twitter.
About Autism Speaks and Autism Speaks Canada
Autism Speaks together with Autism Speaks Canada forms North America’s largest autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org or www.autismspeaks.ca.