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BoldrDash Military-Style 5K To Raise Funds For Misquamicut Relief

Thursday, February 14, 2013


It's no guts, no glory this spring when BoldrDash, Rhode Island’s only 5k, military-style obstacle course, will be hosting a two-day event May 18-19, 2013, to support recovery of the Misquamicut Beach community devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

BoldrDash For The Beach is a two-day long, challenging, daring and fun 5k obstacle course in the sand, which is being held to help "Bring Back the Beach,” a non-profit arm of The Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Chamber of Commerce.


Formed by athlete and personal trainer, Lynn Hall, BoldrDash is a unique physical challenge that is designed for varying fitness abilities. It has been held in September at Yawgoo Valley in Exeter, RI since 2011, attracting participants from RI, MA and CT. In only its third year, BoldrDash has quickly become one of the area’s most anticipated events. The first race attracted 600 participants. Last year, that number doubled to 1,200. This year, BoldrDash has added this second race to provide much-needed support to help rebuild the beautiful Westerly beach community. And “BoldrDash For The Beach” already stands to double last year’s number, with more than 3000 racers expected, which would raise $15,000 for the cause.

“BoldrDash is about boldly overcoming limitations with determination. We invite people of all ages and abilities to come out to challenge their bodies and minds in an all-out 5k trek through mud, obstacles, and water,” said Hall.

The challenge

Designed with over 20 obstacles to challenge the body and mind, BoldrDash participants conquer as many obstacles as they would in the average 10-mile mud race, climbing, crawling, sliding, and swinging through all 5 kilometers.

“This is an unbelievably fun and challenging race -- unlike anything you’ve ever experienced,” said Hall. “Yes, it’s grueling and dirty, but at the end of the day, bonds and friendships are formed and smiles all around. Racers are beat and tired but proved to themselves that they can do anything they put their minds to.”

These military-style races have swept the nation as an incredibly popular trend, drawing everyone from athletes to families to face the challenge.

Bringing Back the Beach

Twenty-seven businesses and 3 miles of beach along the Westerly coast were devastated by Hurricane Sandy, severely impacting the lives and jobs of hundreds of Rhode Islanders as well as the state’s economy and tourism industry. The Greater Westerly Chamber Foundation, an arm of the Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Area Chamber of Commerce, is the only local, non-profit 501c(3) organization that is directly supporting volunteer and recovery efforts. Over $170,000 has been raised to date, with monies being used for small business recovery grants, town beach pavilion repairs and lifeguard chairs.

“Not only will BoldrDash help us raise much needed funds for our community, the event will help bring people to the beach and raise awareness,” said Lisa Konicki, Executive Director of the Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Area Chamber of Commerce. “We have amazing views and sandy beaches. This gives people a chance to come show their support and reminds us of this precious area that has been wounded, but is still very much here.”

“We can’t wait for this event,” said Hall. “This will be a whole new experience since we’ll be on sand, which provides natural resistance and its own set of challenges. Let’s face it, we couldn’t ask for better views, even if we’re laying on our backs on the beach from exhaustion.”

Special "Boot Camp" training sessions

BoldrDash believes that everyone – regardless of abilities – should be able to participate in our race. With that philosophy in mind, they have partnered with some of the best gyms in RI to help our racers prepare for the race.

For a one-time payment of $100.00, BoldrDash Bootcampers can use each of the partner gyms five times. Additionally, Bootcampers are offered special rates if they would like to continue to use the gyms.

Also included in the price is the Sunday Outdoor BoldrDash Bootcamp. BoldrDash president and founder, Lynn Hall, runs an outdoor bootcamp unlike any other. The bootcamps are held in the North Kingstown, East Greenwich, South County area. Bootcampers will participate in running and agility drills, use heavy weights, partner games and body weight exercises, as well as using some very unique devices to challenge themselves in ways they never thought possible. With up to 40 participants at a time, these bootcamps have proven to be not only a great way to get in shape for the race, but a great way to meet people and forge new relationships. Early sign-up is recommended but drop in’s are also welcome, if space allows, with a drop in fee of $15.00. BoldrDash Boot Camps begin approximately 90 days before the event (Sunday bootcamps are scheduled to begin in April or as soon as weather permits).

Partner gyms include: Precision Fitness in Westerly RI, Ichiban Karate in Wakefield, RI, and RBF Fitness in Johnston, RI. Visit www.boldrdashrace.com to sign up now.


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