Follow-Up email from Warrior Dash folks in response to the “rash”
I finally heard back from someone at Warrior Dash in regards to the email I sent on Friday. The first portion is the email that I sent to them. The second part is what I got back in response.
1) To whom it may concern,
I was not able to find an exact way to contact personnel at Warrior Dash and this email address showed up on one of the pages on your website. I wanted to make staff aware of the medical issues that many participants suffered once completing the Warrior Dash New England on June 25th and 26th including myself. I participated on June 25th when weather conditions were less than ideal and had a wonderful time. I received my fuzzy helmet, my medal, as well as my free beer. What I did not expect to receive is an less than awesome rash that is now covering my entire lower half of my body.
At first I just thought I had poison ivy but wasn’t sure since I am not allergic to it. When I showed my nurse practitioner my legs she thought it was poison ivy as well until I said I never came in contact with it when the rash appeared. She asked me if I had done any mud races since she just saw a patient with the exact same rash, not as bad, and the girl said she did the Warrior Dash the same day. She then explained to me that it was not poison ivy and that it was a fungal rash caused from the mud.
I didn’t realize that people were experiencing the same symptoms until I decided to ask the question on our facebook page and most people said yes that it was either poison ivy or this mysterious rash that showed up almost a week later. Some people said it was so bad that they had to go to the ER immediately after the race. I also checked out the Warrior Dash facebook page and saw many comments on there as well about the exact same symptoms.
We are hoping that you decide to do this race next year in Massachusetts but please make sure you check the course for poison ivy. We know there isn’t much you can do about the mysterious fungal rash but the poison ivy should be able to be avoided. From what I could see it didn’t appear that Warrior Dash addressed any of these comments from people and again it’s turning people away from participating next year.
Hopefully this wasn’t the first time you heard about this but if it was please address this issue with participants.
2) Hi Alysha,
Thank you for the email. Depending on what your rash entails would depend on your treatment. The dirt was manure-free, organic and sifted that we used in the man-made mud pit racers went through. The other mud on the course was natural and was created due to heavy rainfall the week of the race. Safety is a number one priority at all of our events. We clear the course with a contractor before the race and have our medical team walk the course for hazards as well as work with local authorities for safety measures. We strive to make sure everyone has the best experience possible at our events, both before, during and after, but this is as much information as I can provide to you without having any medical background. I hope this helps and I also hope you were able to enjoy your time at the Dash.
Please let me know if there is anything else assist with.