Competitors prepare for 4th Annual Wichita Gladiator Dash on June 6

With just under 950 registrants already signed up, it looks like it will be another promising year for the Wichita Gladiator Dash. The June 6 event will once again be held at Sedgwick County Park and will feature more twists, turns and obstacles to overcome.

The Wichita Gladiator Dash is a competitive 5k race in which runners not only have to trek a three-mile course but also encounter a variety of challenging obstacles. Participants will attempt to run on land and through water while being confronted by more than 10 obstacles.

“The concept [for the Wichita Gladiator Dash] came out of our Booster Club meetings, when Dan Giroux and Zack Steven brought the idea of a 5k obstacle race.  A small committee of us brainstormed ideas to make it happen in Wichita, and four years ago we began the Wichita Gladiator Dash,” explained Newman University Assistant Athletic Director Mo Rohleder. “We hoped to get 200 to 300 participants that first year, and ended up with 1,200!”

Dan Giroux is a 1996 Newman graduate. Both he and Zack Steven are active members of the Newman Athletics Club.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County – Wichita and Newman University Athletics. Anyone interested can register on the Wichita Gladiator Dash website. The cost to participate in the event is $59 per participant. For more information contact Mo Rohleder at 316-942-4291, ext. 2118.



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