Dauber Dash: A dirty dash the the past

Last Saturday, 590 participants took to the trails in Henricus Historical Park to run the 5.5 mile mud and obstacle course race known as the “Dauber Dash.” Branded as a run through history, the race took its competitors down scenic park trails, through the river, over hay bales and other various obstacles and through two mud pits.

Instead of a traditional start gun, the fire of a traditional musket occurred after the typical race countdown by the emcee. The first wave of runners, called “mud racers” were off with the musket blast.

Kyle Oakes of Chesapeake, Va. won the dash with a time of 34:21.81 and the runner-up was his younger brother, Kody, also of Chesapeake. Coming in third place was Thomas Dale cross country alum Zach Winne, who is now a member of Christopher Newport University’s cross country team. Jack Slagle, of Midlothian, and Gabriel Higgins, of Chester, rounded out the top five. Setting the pace for female finishers from Chester was 14-year-old Sarah Patton who finished 47th overall with a time of 46:30.25.

Your very own sports writer also participated in this year’s Dauber Dash, finishing in 61st place with a time of 47:42.49.

The obstacles themselves were varied but  less elaborate than some of the obstacles from the Rugged Maniac on May 4 at Dinwiddie Motor Sports Park. Obstacles in general make a longer run more difficult, but I have to say, getting into water a couple of times during a five and a half mile race has its merits.

Personally, the most difficult obstacles were Mt. Malady’s Climb (a run up a rocky hill through trees, off the beaten path) and Henricus Hill. These were in the second half of the race (I believe somewhere after 3.5 or 4 miles) where my body starts to feel some fatigue anyway. Once you get to the last mile you realize that a mile is just a mile and the finish line is that much closer. This was my seventh race overall since running my first race, the Nutzy Fun Run (5k) in December 2012 which was sponsored by the Rotary Club and Richmond Flying Squirrels. This was my second that involved mud and obstacles.

I had never been to Henricus Historical Park. It was a nice morning, around 75 degrees at race time. Running through the park on a comfortable morning makes me want to go back and explore it – I plan to run in the park again.

Other Chester finishers in the top 100 (place finished in parentheses) were Harrison Fink (8), Jonathan Ellis (20), Sam Higgins (21), Dennis Kenney Jr. (22), Jack Boyle (28), Thomas Krupp (46), Andrew Zoller (51), Matt Zoller (52), Christopher Cameron (54), David Fabunan (67), Chris Johnson (68), Patrick Murphy (70), Bridget Debono (77), Patrick Debono (78), Vorasane Phothisane (94), Derek Altizer (98) and Justin Snow (99).

Congratulations to all the participants in the Dauber Dash. Work on those times and the Village News will see you in the mud pit next year. For your local sport updates over the summer, follow @VNewsSports on Twitter.

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