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The New Weekend Warrior: Adventure Races Gain Popularity among Joggers

from The Kansas City Star

Greg Ripley inched under barbed wire, climbed up cargo nets, clambered over junked cars and leapt through a pit of fire.

His training for the Warrior Dash was a little more sedate: pushing his 6-month-old daughter's stroller during uphill runs.

Ripley, 38, of Minneapolis, Minn., is one of thousands of weekend athletes who signed up for the Warrior Dash, just one of the boundary-pushing, ego-boosting events that are gaining popularity worldwide and have exploded this summer. The races provide not just fitness challenges but all-out music festivals with spectators, food and costumes. more

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