Arctic Dash


It is with a heavy heart that we made the deicsion to cancel this year's event, but after considering all the factors, it just isn't feasible for us to run the event this year. We will be back in 2021!

The Arctic Dash was born out of a desire from the Camp Kern team to bring obstacle and mud running to the area and to use Camp Kern for a fundraising event that was truly unique in its history. What better way to help send kids to camp and to show off our beautiful 485 than race through it!

The 5k mud obstacle race is great for all abilities and encompasses most of Camp Kern's property, with 19 fun and challenging obstacles sprinkled throughout the course.  

We are now in our 8th year of the event and are proud that this event has raised more than $70,000 for our Annual Campaign, which provides scholarships to allow kids, whose families otherwise may not be able to afford it, to have that magical summer camp experience.

YMCA Camp Kern is a place for families, and we encourage you to bring the family to the event. We offer a free mini mud dash for the little ones, spectator area, warm water hose-offs and showers, bag storage area, and a friendly group of staff and volunteers to help with any of your needs.

2021 Date TBD

Saturday December 7th. Waves start at 10am.

Registration: online only.


$45 before October 22nd

$55 before November 18th

$65 after November 18th

You must be 16 or older to compete in this race, and anyone under the age of 18 must have their parent or legal guardian sign their waiver.

What's included in registration fee: T-shirt, timing chip, medal, parking, post race alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, post race snacks and water, warm water showers, rinse off area, bag drop area, access to kids mini obstacle course, prizes for overall and age group winners.

Day of Race

We recommend you show up around 30 minute prior to your wave time, to allow time to park, check in, change clothes, study course map, warm up and get to start line. There will be no switching of start times on race day.

Our event is also a proud sponsor of 'Toys for Tots' and we encourage all runners, sponsors, volunteers and spectators to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the event, to help local kids have a magical holiday.

The course & obstacles

The Arctic Dash Course has evolved over the years and is now an all encompassing mud / obstacle run over approximately 5K...all of it on YMCA Camp Kern property and using all of our unique landscape and natural features. The race will contain 19 obstacles, varying from the slightly challenging to almost crazy! There will be mud. There will be rugged terrain. There will be ravines. You will have to climb.  You will have to crawl.  You will be challenged.

Click here for a course map, although be prepared for some surprises...we won't give away all our secrets and the course is always subject to change.

Time slots for this race begin at 10am and run every 15 minutes. There will be no switching time slots on the day of the race. Results will be listed in the following categories (Overall, Gender, Age). The race is approximately 5K long and takes anywhere from 35 minutes to 2 hours to complete. Runners must complete all obstacles to be eligible for a prize, but all obstacles can be skipped. Every runner will receive a finishers medal. All runners will be timed (as long as they register in time) using an ankle bracelet, that must be returned at the end of the race.


We are always looking for community sponsors to help support this event and have multiple sponsorship levels. For more informattion and if you have any interest or questions, please email Chris Addison at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..