Faculty from Minnesota School of Business-Elk River took on hills and mud for a good cause recently as they tackled the challenging Warrior Dash at Afton Alps in Hastings, Minnesota. The group included Nicole Rasmussen, community manager; Janell Trocke, criminal justice program chair; Tanya Jergenson, veterinary technology program chair; and Katherine Wollschlager, medical assistant program chair.
“It’s not called Warrior Dash for nothing!” Wollschlager said after completing the course, which included walls to scale, ropes to climb, mud pits to crawl through, and a pile of fire to jump over.
Warrior Dash, a 5K race with obstacles, is an event that takes place across the world in a variety of locations. Funds raised benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a pediatric treatment and research facility that focuses on helping children with cancer and other “catastrophic diseases”.
In addition, USAgain has partnered with Warrior Dash and accepts shoe donations at the finish line. The shoes are then cleaned and donated to people in need across the globe.
Rasmussen, an avid runner, shared that not only did it feel good to compete in such a challenging race but to participate in an event that does so much good for those in need. “It felt good to know that I got scraped up and bruised for such a good cause,” added Rasmussen.
According to their website, the race has been done over 150 times in six countries across four continents. It has been completed by over a million people and has raised over $7.5 million for St. Jude.
It was an incredible experience for the group who was exhausted and somewhat beat up after the adventure. Despite all of this, however, Trocke expressed that it was “great to be part of a team that functions so well at and away from work [MSB]”.
The group looks forward to their next adventure and opportunity to do something a little crazy for a good cause. If you are interested in learning more about the Warrior Dash, click here.