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Friday, July 20, 2012

Mud, fire and barbed wire: The ultimate 5K race and festival comes to Horseshoe Resort

News Release

BARRIE – On Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, Horseshoe Resort will welcome adventure-seeking athletes participating in Warrior Dash, a fierce five kilometre event that challenges athletes of all abilities.
This year the revamped and recharged course will include 12 bigger and badder obstacles laid out over extreme terrain. After completing the intense physical challenge, participants will celebrate alongside friends and family with live music, food, beer and front row seats to some of the most grueling obstacles.

Participants this year will bound over fire, trudge through mud and scale new obstacles and new heights. Five hundred Warriors will take off for the Battleground every half hour starting at 9am on Saturday and 10am on Sunday.

“Horseshoe Resort is proud to host Ontario’s only Warrior Dash event for the second year running,” says Sean Billing, General Manager of Horseshoe Resort. “Warrior Dash is a great way to take advantage of the weather, get fit, have fun and enjoy the myriad activities that Horseshoe has to offer.”

Warrior Dash is proud to partner with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The St. Jude’s Warrior program encourages racers to raise funds for St. Jude and Warrior Dash hopes to raise more than $3 million with the help of the 2012 participants.

Warrior Dash is also aligned with GreenSneakers, an organization with a unique environmentally-friendly fundraising opportunity. With the help of Warriors, 500,000 pounds of tennis shoes were donated and give a second chance at life in 2011.

“Warrior Dash provides an incomparable experience for participants and spectators,” said Alex Yount, Race Director. “The unique combination of athleticism, live music, turkey legs and beer keeps Warriors coming back for more.”

In 2011, more than 500,000 athletes selected Warrior Dash as an alternative to the classic 5K race. Participants can expect new extremes for 2012 as Warrior Dash returns with a vengeance, debuting more innovative and exciting obstacles than ever before. The festival area will be the scene of even greater celebrations with more food, drinks and post-race activities.

Accommodations for Warrior Dash weekend at Horseshoe Resort start from $189/night. To book, visit www.horseshoeresort.com or call 1-866-383-6263.

To register for Warrior Dash, visit www.warriordash.com.

About Skyline Hotels & Resorts:
Skyline Hotels & Resorts is a distinctive collection of retreats focused on providing true lifestyle enhancing experiences to leisure and business guests, as well as local residents. Offerings include top-level golf and ski, its own Shizen Spa brand and a complete range of year-round activities including adventure parks and corporate team-building. Skyline destinations include the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Pantages Hotel in downtown Toronto, Barrie’s Horseshoe Resort and Deerhurst Resort in Muskoka. In July 2012, Skyline Hotels & Resorts added Toronto’s historic King Edward Hotel to its collection. Skyline Hotels & Resorts is owned and operated by Skyline International Developments Inc., a real estate and development company that also includes unique communities like Port McNicoll. Visit www.skylinehotelsandresorts.com.

About Warrior Dash:
Warrior Dash is the world’s largest running series and is held on more than 50 challenging and rugged terrains across the world. Participants will bound over fire, trudge through mud and scale over 12 obstacles during this fierce 5K. After pushing their limits and conquering extreme obstacles, Warriors celebrate with live music, Warrior grub and beer steins.
Media Contacts:
Kate Hillyar, Director of Communications and Media Relations
Skyline Hotels & Resorts
416-368-2565 ext. 2226

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