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What is BoldrDash?

We are New England’s premiere military-style obstacle course race! We have been doing OCR racing for three years and our experience shows! Our 5K obstacle course is creatively original and features more obstacles per mile than most races, with scalable options so that elite athletes are pushed their limits while beginner competitors can experience the thrill of accomplishment. We do not utilize fear factor elements. You will jump, run, climb and crawl through a fun and supportive environment that will challenge your physical and mental limits. Oh… and do we have FUN! You will most likely have so much down and dirty fun, that we may have to pick the mud out of your smile at the finish line!

I heard BoldrDash benefits local organizations and charities. Is that true?

Yes! It is very important to Lynn Hall, President of BoldrDash to ‘give back’. Aligning ourselves with great organizations and donating to great causes is what we do. Some of our local benefactors include, The Pathways Strategic Teaching Center, Misquamicut “Bring Back the Beach” Foundation, and numerous local school and sport programs in North and South Kingstown. Look for representatives from some of these organizations as volunteers on race day! Interested in becoming a benefactor check out our page for more information.

What makes BoldrDash different from other mud races and obstacle courses?

BoldrDash is similar to some of the mud races and obstacle courses out there, but here’s how we differ. Our motto is Boldly Overcoming Limitations with Determination and with over 20 obstacles on a 5K course, you’ve got lot to be determined about.

Just as important as determination is overcoming limitations. At BoldrDash we strive to create even our most challenging obstacles with scalable levels so they are challenging yet achievable for  everyone. From the elite athlete to the first time mud racer we are the race for you.

Anything else that makes you different?

YES! BoldrDash Race does not use Fire, Barbed wire, or electrodes. Rather than testing our racers with ‘fear factor’ obstacles – we challenge you with obstacles that test your drive, determination and your camaraderie and team work with other racers. You will climb, slide, pull, push and crawl your way to the finish line. When you get there you’ll be smiling so much, you’ll have to pick the mud from your teeth!

How far is 5k?

Further than a 4K, shorter than a 6K. Any other questions?

Where is BoldrDash held?

BoldrDash will be held at Yawgoo Valley Ski Area in Exeter, RI again this year. In addition to annual Yawgoo Event the BoldrDash Beach Event was born. BoldrDash on the Beach was created to help raise money and awareness at Misquamicut Beaches which suffered severe damage from Super Storm Sandy in 2012.

Does BoldrDash need volunteers to help with the event?

Yes, Yes, YES. BoldrDash needs volunteers to help build the obstacles, prepare the course, and on race day. Without our volunteers, there wouldn’t be a BoldrDash Race. If you are interested check out our Volunteer Page.


Registration

How do I register for BoldrDash?

Easy, just go to the event page for the race you are interested and you will find the registration link for that particular race.

Can I transfer my registration to someone else?

No. All registrations are final. We will be asking for photo ID on race day when you pick up your bib and sign your waiver(s). If you show up on race day and you are not registered you will have to pay for registration (race day pricing), cash only, and you will be placed in the final heat of the day if there is room.

There is no guarantee that you can race, so sign up early so you don’t miss out.

Is there any discounted registration?

Military personnel ALWAYS receives a 20% discount. e-mail us at info@boldrdashrace.com for more info.

What do I get with my registration?

Every registrant gets a t-shirt (as long as your register before the cut off date) and all finishers get a medal at the finish line. A free beer (if applicable to that event) at the after-party.

See the individual event(s) page for more info.

I was so excited when I ran last year I wanted to just go right back to the start line and do it ALL OVER AGAIN!  How can I run in a second wave?

What can we say?  We don’t blame you - It’s a GREAT RACE!  You may have the opportunity to race in a second wave on your race day.  There will be a charge and you will need a new race number.  It is VERY important that we know who is out on the course.  Safety is our highest priority.  We can not simply let participants go out on the course without our knowledge.  We limit the number of racers on the course for many reasons – safety being at the top of the list.  (side note: no one wants to wait in a long line at an obstacle because racers are repeating the race)

If you are not registered in a wave you should not be on the course. Medical personnel, staff, volunteers and race venue employees expect us to adhere to specific guidelines.  We ask that everyone respect those guidelines.

Visit the registration area on race day to inquire about second wave procedures and charges.

How old do I have to be to run BoldrDash?

BoldrDash is open to anyone over the age of 13 years. Participants under 18 years of age run in the later heats of the day only for safety reasons.  Check out BoldrDash KIDS Events for ages 4-12!

How many waves are there?

Generally waves will start at 9 a.m. and will run each half hour until the last wave. See individual event page for more info.

What if I can’t race, do I get a refund?

No. There is a strict NO REFUND policy for every event.

      Can I get a refund if I am injured?

No. There is a strict NO REFUND policy for every event.

     Can I get a refund if I am going to be unexpectedly out of town?

No. There is a strict NO REFUND policy for every event.

     What if I have another engagement  that suddenly  came up?

No. There is a strict NO REFUND policy for every event.

     What if I didn’t read this question on the FAQ page?

Bummer.   There is a strict NO REFUND policy for every event.

PLEASE UNDERSTAND, ONCE YOUR REGISTRATION IS FULLY PROCESSED (24 HOURS FROM THE TIME YOU SIGED UP) YOU ARE CONSIDERED A RUNNER AND APPROPRIATE FINANCES ASSOCIATED BEGIN TO BE PROCESSED AS WELL.

 

Can I transfer my registration between waves?

Once you register there is no guarantee you can change your heat, so choose wisely. If a change is granted there will be a fee attached. Once a wave is closed we do NOT move registrants in or out of that wave.

What if my team signs up and the wave time closes before everyone registers?

We want all our racers to run with the support of their family and/or friends.  However, we can NOT guarantee that your team will run together.  Choose your wave time carefully and make sure your teammates don’t wait till it’s too late!  We will make every effort to keep racers informed of openings in each wave.  As always – feel free to email us at info@boldrdashrace.com before registering to check on availability in the wave time of your choice.  Keep in touch with the race and up to date on wave closures by connecting with us on FB and signing up for the newsletter.

What time do I need to arrive for my wave?

Arrive at the parking area at least 1 1/2 hours before your wave starts. If there is a bus system in place, we suggest you arrive 2 hours ahead this allow time for the bus to get you to the registration area. Registration, key or bag check area and prep for the race can take some time so get there early to ensure your start time.

What do I need to bring to BoldrDash?

Photo ID, cash and a good attitude. The type of footwear you choose for the most part is up to you.

However, for the safety of everyone on the course NO CLEATS of any kind. Remember your shoes and clothing will get dirty, really dirty, in some cases really, really dirty! Snug fitting athletic clothing that still allows you to move freely and complete all the obstacles is encouraged.

A change of clothes and a towel is suggested. Some folks even bring a gallon of water to rinse off, unless of course you would like to bask in your muddy glory all day. We do not guarantee shower ares, so check your specific event page for more details. Bug spray, any ointments for natural plants (IE poison ivy, poison oak – although we do try to clear areas we are using for the course, we do try to respect the land and mother nature; it will not be totally clear of natural greenery.) and sunscreen is also highly recommended.

Is this safe?

We, at BoldrDash Race LLC want everyone to be safe and avoid injury. Obstacles are set in a manner to provide a challenging course in the safest manner possible. All racers and spectators will be required to sign a waiver before entering the course and/or designated spectator areas. No one should be on the course at any time without proper signed waiver(s). The nature of the course is such that there is a potential for injury. There are, of course, natural environmental hazards such as very uneven terrain, insects, rocks, plant-life etc. to be considered.

Where do I check in on Race Day?

There will be signage indicating the registration area, bag or key check and any other areas necessary to assist racers and their guests. There will NOT be race check in/packet pick up prior to race day.

Will there be a spot to leave my belongings?

A bag check or key check area is available for racers and volunteers only. However, the bag check area is not 100% secure and we are not responsible for lost/stolen items.

Will there be water stations on the course?

Yes, there will be 2 water stations on the course. and water for racers at the finish line.

Will there be trained medical personnel at the race?

Yes, there will be medical personnel on the course. Yawgoo Valley Search & Rescue will be there providing medical services.

What if I cannot complete an obstacle?

BoldrDash is about personal challenge, so we encourage all racers to at least attempt each obstacle. If you find that you are unable complete that obstacle, you will be given an alternate task by the race official(s) at the obstacle. There will be race officials/volunteers at most obstacles, most of those officials will be military personnel. The task they give you is entirely up to them, it probably won’t be easy, it probably wont be fun, you might really want to give that obstacle your best ‘college try’.

Will we be timed?

Yes, but, remember that BoldrDash is about completing the race and challenging yourself, not being the fastest. Times are posted. You will have bragging rights to your time, but no rewards are given for fastest times.

What if I am not ready to race, but I want to volunteer or be a spectator?

We have tons of volunteer opportunities and we NEED YOU! Please visit our volunteer page for more information. Spectators are always welcome.

Spectators can enjoy the after-party at the event and in most cases there will be spectator areas on the course itself. Spectator fees are explained on the individual event pages.

Will the race go on if the weather is bad?

If it is safe…Yes! The rain would just make more mud, and isn’t that what this is about?


After Party

Is there an after-party fee?

Yes. See individual event page for details regarding fees and entertainment.

Did we miss anything?

If your questions not answered here, feel free to contact us at contact@boldrdashrace.com