Last Saturday, the Citie of Henricus, one of America’s oldest settlements, once again hosted The Henricus Dauber Dash. This 5-mile run through the Henricus Historical Park isn’t how most people would spend their weekend getting exercise. Obstacles were spread throughout the course. There were 12 obstacles total, that included, The Wattle Wall, a wall of hay bales, Sir Thomas Dale’s Dip, a portion of the course where you run through the James River, and waiting at the end, was Buttercup’s Mud Pit. All the spectators crowded around the mud pit cheering on family and friends.
A total of 678 runners, ages 13 and older ran the full course. There was also a Mud Guppy category for the younger folk, ages 8-14. After patiently cheering on their parents, a stampede of approximately 100 kids ran one mile without obstacles and ended up in the mud pit.
Top finishers were Baylor Dickerson (men’s division) of Ashland, 34:13, and Kathleen Lautzenheiser of Midlothian, 35:50. The top finisher from Chester was Aaron McCray, 35:36 (fourth overall).
Beth Repole and Melissa Reams, friends since high school, are no strangers to these types of runs. Both have run in the Monument 10K multiple times and Reams ran at Dominion Riverrock just a few weeks ago. This is the first Dauber Dash for both of them. They came out to run in memory of a dear friend, Carrie Egland, who was shot and killed by her estranged husband last year.
“Carrie [Egland] ran the Dauber Dash last year, so we are running it for her this year,” said Repole.
Kim and Duane Moore, along with their four-year-old daughter, Grace, also spent their morning at the Dauber Dash. Grace cheered her mom from the side of the mud pit.
“This is great fun and I want to set a good example for my daughter,” said Moore.
Kim Moore has participated in a Warrior Dash, a half marathon as well as the Muddy Buddy and CASA Superhero Run.
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