Viking Dash Trail Races


On Saturday, I attended the Viking Dash Trail Race held at Veteran’s Acres in Crystal Lake. The race company featured a weekend full of events. On both Saturday and Sunday, distance options included a 5K, 10K and half marathon.

Runners that signed up to race on both days were given a special bonus medal in addition to their medal of choice. When registering for this unique race, runners were able to select what type of medal they would like. Options included Thor’s Hammer, Axe, Sword, or Mace!

Runners were encouraged to come in costume and the organizers held a costume contest on both Saturday and Sunday before the races. All events began right near the parking lots and wove through the trails of Veteran’s Acres.

The trails were full of elevation and highly technical. It was a very difficult course, made even more challenging by the packed snow and ice. Many hills forced runners to slow, some completely to a walk. But the tough terrain did not dampen the spirits of this fun group of runners. The atmosphere was jovial, capped off with a fire and meal post-race.

Results were not posted at the time of this article.

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Mandi began running in middle school and never stopped. As a high school and college cheerleader, running was the exact athletic counterpart to keep her fitness levels high. While attending The John Marshall Law School in 2007, Mandi ran her first Chicago Marathon, the final year it was partnered with title sponsor, LaSalle Bank. Mandi has continued to run several half marathon and shorter distance races and looks forward to running in the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. An Illinois licensed attorney, Mandi is currently the Executive Director of the Lake County Municipal League, a council of government representing 42 municipalities in Lake County. An avid weekend race warrior, Mandi tries to run 2-3 races each month from Milwaukee to Chicago and loves the opportunity to report about her experiences in Chicago Athlete


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