The Warrior Dash, an extreme cross-country running race with an obstacle course, announced that it would be returning to the Kansas City area in 2012 despite the deaths of two competitors in the race last July.
In a press release, event organizers say that the event will return to Platte City on Saturday, May 5th in Platte City, and will feature “bigger and more innovative obstacles than ever before,” with 12 obstacles over a little more than three miles of terrain.
“Warrior Dash is an event that competitors and spectators will never forget and the combination of mud, sweat and beer keeps people coming back each year for more,” said race director Alex Yount in the release.
During the last Warrior Dash over the July 30 and 31 weekend at Tiffany Springs Park, two people, Jeremiah Morris and Jeff Fink, became ill and later died of heat-related illness after competing in the event. Another 13 people were taken to area hospitals because of heat-related illness. Around 15,000 people participated in the two-day event.
Race organizers provided water and cooling stations for racers at the event, but some competitors complained that those measures weren’t enough to cope with the heat.
Red Frog Events, the Chicago-based organizers of the event, say that there will are 65 Warrior Dash events scheduled around the world in 2012.