Desert Warrior Challenge Tests Havasu Participants

The Lake Havasu City Only Orchids Charity Group hosted the Desert Warrior Challenge Saturday at SARA Park. 185 participants participated in 5K  and 10K  trails through rocks and dirt, and then climbed their way through an obstacle course.

After Marlo Waters led the “warriors” in warm-up stretches and Lizzie Patterson belted out the National Anthem, they were off.

Many participants expressed that this course pushed them through their own limitations and helped them overcome their fears. After crossing the finish line, participants  were treated to a concert Saturday night by the band “Con Bro Chill” on the Boom Bandits Stage.

Dustin Runyon of Only Orchids, pumps up the crowd at SARA Park Rodeo Grounds before the Desert Challenge Warrior race begins. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

 

 

The Desert Warrior Challenge participants stretch before the race. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

 

Marlo Waters leads the participants in stretching exercises before the Desert Warrior Challenge race. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

 

The Desert Warrior Challenge participants stretch before the race. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

 

Lizzie Patterson sings the National Anthem before the Desert Warrior Challenge race Saturday. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

 

Participants place their hands over their hearts during the singing of the National Anthem Saturday morning. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

 

Participants stretch Saturday morning before the Desert Warrior Challenge at SARA Park Rodeo Grounds. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

 

Participants stretch Saturday morning before the Desert Warrior Challenge at SARA Park Rodeo Grounds. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

 

Participants run in the Desert Warrior Challenge Saturday morning. Jillian Danielson/RivverScene

 

Participants run in the Desert Warrior Challenge Saturday morning through SARA Park. Jillian Danielson/RivverScene

 

Participants run in the Desert Warrior Challenge Saturday morning. Jillian Danielson/RivverScene

 

Participants get pumped up for the Desert Warrior Challenge Saturday morning. Jillian Danielson/RivverScene

 

Participants run in the Desert Warrior Challenge Saturday morning. Jillian Danielson/RivverScene

 

Participants run in the Desert Warrior Challenge Saturday morning. Jillian Danielson/RivverScene

 

Participants run in the Desert Warrior Challenge Saturday morning. Jillian Danielson/RivverScene

 

Participants run in the Desert Warrior Challenge Saturday morning. Jillian Danielson/RivverScene

 

Participants from Paws and Claws Animal Care pose for a photo Saturday morning at the Desert Warrior Challenge. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

 

 

Participants run in the Desert Warrior Challenge Saturday morning. Jillian Danielson/RivverScene

 

Participants run in the Desert Warrior Challenge Saturday morning. Jillian Danielson/RivverScene

 

Participants run in the Desert Warrior Challenge Saturday morning. Jillian Danielson/RivverScene

 

Some of the members of the Only Orchids Charity Group pose for a fun photo at Desert Warrior Challenge Saturday morning. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

 

Karen Cevera gets ready to run down a sand hill during the Desert Warrior Challenge Obstacle Course. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Karen Cevera (left) finished first with a time of 46:15. Second place is Becky Bramlett with a time of 49 minutes. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

 

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