On Saturday, June 9, 1,180 courageous competitors took part
in the Gladiator Dash held at Sedgwick County Park in
Wichita. The Dash - the first of what is planned to be an
annual event in Wichita - not only made for great
entertainment, but also raised money for Newman University
Athletics and the Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County.
Participants in the event paid $50 each to enter, or $65
for those registering after June 1. Gladiator Dash
officials are still determining the final proceeds.
The Dash was patterned after Warrior Dashes, which are
extreme obstacle course races that have taken place in many
cities across the country. The 5-kilometer race tried the
strength and endurance of competitors, as it was packed
with mud crawling, water traversing, and over-and-under
obstacles involving hay bales, tires and other materials.
In addition to the competitors hoping to prove themselves
on the field of battle, more than 1,000 spectators were in
attendance. Together, they filled the park with high
The event was made possible by the Newman Athletics Club,
the Gladiator Dash Board, many volunteers, and other
sponsors including Red Bull, Reddi Industries, Inc., Go
Run, and others. Newman alumni Dan Giroux '96 was
co-director of the event, and Zack Steven, a member of the
Newman Athletics Club and owner of Reddi Industries, Inc.,
helped make the brilliant obstacle course a reality.