I had the pleasure of talking with obstacle race. Badass race is held at three Ontario locations: Ottawa (July 12), Georgina (August 1) and Kitchener (September 12).
Here is my interview with Brian:
When did Badass Dash started?
We did a pilot in Kitchener in the Fall of 2012. The pilot had a great success! So, in 2013, we lunched Badass Dash in 12 cities!
What differentiate your race from other races?
First, the race is for the whole family. There is an adult course (divided in two divisions: the Elite and the recreational), the kids race and the canine race.
Second, the amount of obstacles that appears in every race. We have between 30-40 obstacles per race. In fact, we have 60 obstacles in total, which we alternate and adapt to each race. We also change the run and the layout of the obstacles each race.
What are the most popular obstacles in your race?
The Feared Float: a floating dock that you have to run across it.
The Australian Back Crawl: on your back, you have to crawl under a net going up a hill!
What are your penalties when an obstacle is missed?
It is different for each obstacle. It can be for example push-ups, sit-ups, squats…
Many people think that burpees have been used enough, what do you think?
Yes, I think it has been used a lot. We want to encourage people to do their penalties; this is why we are doing different penalties at each obstacle.
What is your opinion about racers that don’t do their penalties?
It is their choice, but it is part of doing an obstacle race. At the end of the day, the person who completes everything will be very proud of him/herself.
You are not part of OCR world’s championship qualifying race, is it something you are exploring?
We are consulting with them.
In Canada, you only have races in Ontario, are you planning having your race in other cities?
Yes, we are looking at other venues. Far East, we are looking to expend to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. And West, we are looking at British Columbia.
Are you associated with a cause?
Yes, we are associated with Autism Speaks in Canada and the US. We raise money and awareness for the cause.
You have a race with dogs, the K-9 race, how did you come up with that idea?We have worked on other event with dogs in the past. The management team is also dog owners. And we wanted to have something for the whole family. There is no other race with dogs, so we thought it would be appreciated.
Is it popular?
Yes, very popular! We have it in all our events.
Anything you would like to tell our reader?
Our race is a race for the entire family! The adults, the kids and the dogs! You are running for a great cause, autism! Our race is a good mixture of easy, difficult and very challenging obstacles. It is also a great corporate and team-building event!
I want to thank Brian for his time.
Interview by: Isabelle Tanguay
Photo credit: Badass Dash