FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Brian King
MEDINA, OH –
BADASS Dash™, one of the world’s leading producers of Obstacle Course Challenges & Adventure Racing and whose events benefit Autism Speaks, is pleased to announce the addition of the K9 Companion division for their 2014 series. This new division will bring men, women, children and their “best friend” together as a team to conquer 8-10 unique, challenging, fun and BADASS canine specific obstacles that will be sprawled across a 5K-7K course.
“With K9 companionship continually growing on an annual basis, it is important to afford owners and their canines the opportunity not only to participate in healthy outdoor life styles, but also to engage in exciting new activities” comments Grant Reeves, CEO of BADASS Dash™. Reeves further states “Our entire management team are dog owners and we all recognize the need to create such a niche in the Obstacle Course Race (OCR) market while giving people the option to either have a new recreation activity to be a part of or a new training regiment. This new competitive division will lead to a whole new level of fun and interaction for canines and their owners.”
The BADASS Dash™ 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 K9 companion that is a minimum of 1 year old – no matter what size, shape, breed or mix. 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.
Brian Sharenow, Race Director for the BADASS Dash™ series states, “Being that the focus of our events is to raise awareness and funds for those affected by Autism, this exciting new addition to our competition schedule couldn’t be a better fit considering that aspects of cognitive development for individuals on the Autism spectrum are hindered so it becomes difficult for them to bond with other people. Without the ability to more easily bond / connect to people, these individuals have a tendency to remain emotionally distant and socially underdeveloped, choosing not to interact at all. But this has been proven to change by introducing a dog to become not only a pet for someone affected by Autism but more importantly their companion.” Sharenow also points out, “Interaction, the giving and receiving of verbal and nonverbal messages, is how people develop their language skills and their ability to understand and relate with others. Those who experience the difficulty of interacting with people can still partake in this important exchange by interacting with a pet. The value of a dog in the life of an individual affected by Autism does not stop short at helping them grow socially and to develop emotional connections that can transfer to their interactions with people. 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 these individuals (and all individuals for that matter) the opportunity to both strengthen their bond and further develop a fun and interactive relationship through competition.”
With the addition of the K9 division to the competitive schedule, each BADASS Dash™ competitor now has the opportunity to compete as a team and/or either individually for any one of the other 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 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 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 and canines alike, vendors and spectators in a festival atmosphere with the inclusion of live entertainment, a pet expo area, a beer garden, food & beverages, an awards ceremony, contests and prize giveaways.
So if you are looking for something new and exciting to do with your canine or if it’s time for you to take on the personal challenge of a lifetime or if you simply desire to be a part of an event that is guaranteed to leave a lasting impact on your life, REGISTER NOW atwww.badassdash.com. To find out more information on the entire race series, check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/thebadassdash.
About BADASS Dash™
BADASS Dash™ 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 Autism Speaks firm belief that, working together, we will find the missing pieces of the puzzle. We are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals. 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.
Fund raising walks for Autism Speaks are held across North America including 6 sites in Canada. Funds raised through walks and other events support autism research and community grants to agencies across the United States and Canada that work directly with children, youth and adults with autism. For more information on the Walk Now for Autism Speaks events, please visit www.walknowforautism.org or www.walknowforautism.ca