Medina, OH –
BADASS Dash™, one of the world’s leading producers of Obstacle Course Challenges & Adventure Races and whose events benefit Autism Speaks, is teaming up with Las Vegas based Dave Rice Foundation in a joint effort to raise public awareness about 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 SouthPoint Arena on May 24 and will feature over 35 unique, challenging, fun and badass obstacles sprawled across a 7K (4.4 mile) course set within the confines of the Casino property.
Brian Sharenow, Race Director for the Obstacle Challenge series states, “Individuals within the Autism spectrum often experience the daily stress of feeling like a square peg trying to live in a world of round holes. At each of the Badass Dash™ events, thousands of participants celebrate the challenge of trying to overcome obstacles they wouldn’t normally face in our everyday lives. And although part of the thrill and excitement of the race is working toward conquering those obstacles, there’s a certain amount of relief that comes from knowing there’s a finish line.”
Sharenow points out, “There’s an immense feeling of satisfaction knowing you completed that LAST obstacle and are headed toward the coveted finish line to celebrate with friends, family and/or fellow racers. However, for individuals within the autism spectrum, the obstacles never end – there’s always one more obstacle. The focus of our events is to hopefully one day provide those with Autism their finish line and we couldn’t have found a better partner that shares in our same goals than the Dave Rice Foundation.”
Each BADASS Dash competitor has the opportunity to compete individually or as a team and register for one of 4 Divisions:
The ELITEdivision, 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 RECREATIONdivision, 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 COMPANIONdivision 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 DASHdivision 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.
“We appreciate it any time awareness is raised for Autism,” said UNLV Runnin’ Rebels Head Basketball Coach Dave Rice, who also serves as Chairman of the Dave Rice Foundation. “This is a cause that is personal to our family. The Dave Rice Foundation supports numerous families in southern Nevada affected by Autism, and we are grateful for the support we receive.”
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, 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 the Dave Rice Foundation
The Dave Rice Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the education and support of health initiatives including developmental disorders such as Autism and other charitable causes throughout Southern Nevada. The Foundation was established in 2012 by UNLV Runnin’ Rebels Head Basketball Coach Dave Rice and his wife, Mindy. More information may be found at www.davericefoundation.org.