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Thousands attend Warrior Dash at Windham

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Thousands of people became warriors at Windham Mountain in the 2012 Warrior Dash. YNN's Alexandra Weishaupt has more on the challenging weekend event.

WINDHAM, N.Y. – “Its mud, sweat and beer,” said Windham Mountain Media and Community Relations Manager Beth Barry. “It’s absolute sensory overload.”

And it all happened at Windham Mountain, as folks made their way to race the 3.2 mile Warrior Dash.

“The terrain here is absolutely amazing,” said Red Frog Events Race Director Rachel Brinda. “They go straight up the hill right from the start line, make their way through the mountain.”

It's an event held once a year at the mountain.

“A lot of wall climbing, barbed wire,” said Kingston resident Marcel Lucchese.

And it's drawing in a crowd of more than 18,000 people from New York and neighboring states, all getting down and dirty raising $200,000 for Saint Jude's Medical Center.

“There’s fire, there’s mud pit, there’s things to jump over, it’s crazy,” said Westwood, New Jersey resident Kelly Hunt.

It’s an exciting event for a worthy cause.

“The best part is just coming and being with your friends and just having a really good time,” said Kingston resident Alicia Jordan.

And in a ski town like Windham, events like this help to punctuate the summer for local business owners as well.

“An influx of about 18,000 people in a community of about 900 it’s tremendous. We’ve been selling sandwiches all day long,” said Business Owner Lori Torgersen.

“Busier at lunchtime, busier at dinner time,” said business owner Kathy Decrescenzo.

Giving the owners a boom in business and bringing the folks back to Windham year after year.

“Everybody’s out to have a good time and it’s great for them and it’s great for us,” said Decrescenzo.

“Everyone should be proud of their accomplishments at the end of the day,” said Jordan.

When warriors are finished with the race they can toss their sneakers on a pile and donate them to Green Sneakers, an organization that refurbishes the shoes and donates them to third world countries.

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