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Fifth annual Henricus Dauber Dash set for June 29

May 30, 2013 10:23am

The June 29th Henricus Dauber Dash, a 5.5-mile race through Henricus Historical Park and the Dutch Gap Conservation area, is back for its fifth year. Say the Sports Backers: The race is packed with plenty of mud, dirt, and obstacles along the way to keep you challenged while having the filthiest time of your life!

Credit: Sports Backers

Credit: Sports Backers

“Henricus Dauber Dash has become a valued annual tradition for running and adventure enthusiasts in the Richmond area,” said Charles L. Grant, executive director of Henricus Historical Park.  “We look forward to welcoming runners and spectators to our outdoor living history museum surrounded by the Dutch Gap Conservation Area and inviting them back for Publick Days this September.”

The run features a course that starts at the Citie of Henricus and goes around the trail loop of Dutch Gap.  Several defying obstacles are incorporated throughout the course:

·         The Wattle Wall: Wall of hay bales

·         The Vulture Scuttle: High Stepper

·         The Rolfe Rampage: Mud Pit

·         Sir Thomas Dale’s Dip: Run through the James

·         The Pocahontas Picnic Pounce: Picnic table climb

·         Graveyard Crawl: Army Crawl

·         The Lagoon Lap: Run through lagoon

·         Mt. Malady’s climb: Run on the rocky ridge

·         Henricus Hill: Hill Climb

·         Cypress Point Stink Hole: Muck through the channel

·         The Wattle Wall: Wall of hay bales

·         Buttercup’s Mud Pit: Mud Pit

There is a 1-mile Mud Guppies Kids Run, for kids ages 8 – 14 at 11 a.m.  This course also features its own engaging obstacles and finishes through the same grimy mud pit as the adults.

All participants will receive an event T-shirt and post-race food and drinks upon crossing the finish line.  Prizes will be awarded to the overall male and female winners.  Awards will also be presented for “Best Costume” and “Best Mud,” so remember, the muddier – the better.

Online registration is available through Thursday, June 27 until 11:59 p.m.  The current entry fee for the Henricus Dauber Dash is $30 while the entry fee for the Mud Guppies Kids Run is $10. Both prices set to increase June 1. For further event details and registration information, visit or call (804) 285-9495.

About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?