FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Brett Pegler
Medina, OH – BADASS Dash™, one of the world’s leading producers of Obstacle Course Challenges & Adventure Races and whose events benefit Autism Speaks, is returning to Rosemont to raise public awareness and funding for Autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society while bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. This year’s race will once again be held at the Ballpark at Rosemont on August 30th and will feature over 30 unique, challenging, fun and badass obstacles sprawled across a 7K (4.4 mile) course set within the confines of the business property.
Brian Sharenow, Race Director for the BADASS Dash™ series states, “We are very excited to return to the Ballpark at Rosemont at the half way mark of our season and even more excited for the racers to experience not only a newly designed, badass course with even more obstacles then they conquered last year but also all of the new elements we have added to this race that will surely separate us from the other OCR races that take place in Chicagoland”
Sharenow points out, “Being that the focus of our events is to raise awareness and funds for those affected by Autism, we are looking forward to seeing first-hand what the expansion of our courses and obstacles, coupled with the exciting new addition of our K9 Division, can do in terms of growing our support for this great cause. 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.”
Each BADASS Dash competitor has the opportunity to compete individually or as a team and register for one of 4 Divisions:
- The ELITE Division, as the name clearly depicts, is geared toward individuals who are well trained (i.e. police, firefighters, armed forces, competitive athletes) and are looking to “get after it” while having the race of a lifetime. This division showcases those who can traverse through the obstacles while navigating the terrain the fastest with opportunities to win big prizes and even bigger bragging rights.
- The RECREATION Division, which can be anyone from an avid racer to a weekend warrior to someone looking for a new personal challenge, is geared toward those who are not specifically trained in Obstacle Course Challenges or Adventure Races but want to set a goal on the finish line and then achieve it.
- The K9 COMPANION Division is the first of its kind in the OCR genre where participants can bring their canines to take part in a race specifically designed / modified for them to compete as a team. Each team will be comprised of one male or female runner that is a minimum of 14 years of age and a canine that is a minimum of 1 year old – no matter what size, shape or breed. A maximum lead of 4 feet will be required for all teams competing and they will follow the same course as the Recreation division with a select number of obstacles designed specifically for each team to conquer together.
- The KIDS DASH Division for children 4 – 13 years of age. The Kids Dash for 4 – 6 years old will feature a 200-yard dash with obstacles just their size while the 7 – 13 years old get to race on a 1-mile course with a mixture of adult and kids obstacles.
Those not racing but looking for ways to help the cause are encouraged to sign up as a volunteer to assist in the event production. Each race typically requires over 150 volunteers to be produced effectively and all of the volunteers in every city have an unforgettable experience helping out at each of the designated positions. Some of those positions include, but are not limited to, instructing racers on how to get through the obstacles, helping out at the start and finish lines, handing out water at aid stations, working at the athlete refreshment area, racer registration and bag check.
Family and friends of both racers and volunteers along with general spectators are encouraged to travel the course alongside the racers and cheer them on as they move from obstacle to obstacle as well as joining in the festivities of the POST RACE FESTIVAL which will host racers, canines, vendors and spectators in a festival atmosphere being held inside the Arena with the inclusion of live entertainment, a beer garden, food & beverages, expo area, awards ceremonies, contests and prize giveaways.
So whether you are searching for a personal challenge, pride yourself in being a weekend warrior, are an avid racer seeking full-blown adrenaline rush or just looking for a unique way to contribute funds to a great cause, go to www.badassdash.com to register for the most Badass Obstacle Course Challenge and Adventure Run this side of insanity. To find out more information on the entire race series, check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/thebadassdash.
About BADASS Dash™
BADASS Dash™ 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. It is the belief of both BADASS Dash™ and Autism Speaks that by working together, we will find the missing pieces of the puzzle. BADASS Dash™ 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.