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Viking Dash Trail Runs - 5k, 10K, & 20K - Greenswell Events
Vikings Aren't Born. They Are Made.

The Viking Dash Trail Runs will challenge you, both mentally and physically. We want our participants to push their own boundaries at our events and in turn become stronger in their everyday life.

Viking Dash Trail Run is based on the history of the Vikings and their ability to endure and conquer whatever nature put in front of them. Vikings were known to be strong, tough and adventurous people that shared a great sense of family and kinship. These are exactly the elements behind the Viking Dash Trail Run- your will will be challenged, your limits of mental and physical abilities tested so that you will become stronger not only as a runner but in your daily life. Once you are completed with your Viking Dash Trail Run, celebrate with your fellow Vikings at the post-race Breakfast, drink and music.


  • Viking Dash Trail Run is not a race, but a challenge and test of endurance. 
  • Vikings runners never quit
  • Vikings conquer their fears
  • We leave no Viking behind
  • Vikings will drink and celebrate in Walhalla

The Viking Dash is part of the world-famous Arnold Sports Festival taking place February 28 - March 3, 2019. All Viking Dash participants will receive as part of their entry a complimentary ticket to the Arnold Fitness Expo. 


There is NO race day registration.

Registration fees

5K Trail Run/Walk Closed

    1. $40.00

      Karls Viking Class

      Aug 29 – Nov 30
    2. $45.00

      Jarls Viking Class (Earls)

      Dec 1 – Jan 8
    3. $55.00

      Konnungar Viking Class (Kings)

      Jan 9 – Mar 1

10K Trail Run/Walk Closed

    1. $50.00

      Karls Viking Class

      Aug 29 – Nov 30
    2. $55.00

      Jarls Viking Class (Earls)

      Dec 1 – Jan 8
    3. $65.00

      Konnungar Viking Class (Kings)

      Jan 9 – Mar 1

20K Trail Run/Walk Closed

    1. $60.00

      Karls Viking Class

      Aug 29 – Nov 30
    2. $65.00

      Jarls Viking Class (Earls)

      Dec 1 – Jan 8
    3. $75.00

      Konnungar Viking Class

      Jan 9 – Mar 1

Awards and Amenities

Awards and amenities for finisher participants of the Viking Dash trail Run - Delaware:

  • All Finishers will receive the famous Thors' Hammer. (There are a llimited number of Viking mace medals. If you have received a Thor's hammer at a past race, check-in with Athlete Services post race for possible exchange).
  • Top 3 Male & Female overall finishers by distance will receive a commemorative award.
  • All participants will receive an official Viking Dash Trail Run - Delaware event shirt (color: Black)
  • All participants will receive a complimentary pass into the Arnold Sports Festival held March 1 - March 3.
  • Pancake Breakfast, including fruit and other tasty treats.  


Check-In Location/Parking


Viking Dash Trail Map & Course Information

START LOCATION: Walnut Grove/Sweet Gum Area

COURSE INFO: The course for the Viking Dash Trail Run – Delaware State Park is a natural trail with a great variety of terrain and views. With a natural trail run, there are many roots, rocks, rolling hills, and the potential for mud, rain, snow, ice. Despite this the race has a forgiving surface and is less intense and technical than some other trail races in Central Ohio.  Please expect to get your shoes dirty and your feet wet. Given the time of the year the trail run is being held, please dress appropriately and protected from the weather elements.  Please expect to be cold and possibly wet. 

The trail is rolling and potentially muddy but it is non-technical enough to allow a runner to appreciate their surroundings as they move through the variety of scenery along the course. 

  • 5K – 1.55 mile out-n-back course. There will be a sign to mark your turnaround. All other distances will continue past the 5K turnaround.
  • 10K – 3.1 mile out-n-back course. There will be a sign to mark your turnaround. 20K runners should continue past this turnaround.
  • 20K – Has been modified due to trail conditions so it will have a ~3.26 mile turnaround to return back to the trail head near the Start. 20K will repeat the course out-n-back and then head to the Finish. 

PLEASE NOTE: The race directors reserve the right to adjust this course if asked to do so by ODNR,  State Park officials, Arnold Medical Director or to otherwise enhance runner safety in the event of severe flooding or very inclement weather….but please expect SOME mud, ice, and other fun we love at trail races!

If the course is adjusted where by use of the trails is restricted by park officials, the course maybe modified to become a road course and the longer distance adjusted. Your safety is first and foremost. 


Viking Dash Event App

Download from your Apple or Android store the Greenswell Events App and get all the event details - course map, event schedule, Arnold Sports Festival, selfie app, and LIVE results - all at your fingertips!


National Trail Qualifier Series

Qualification races: All Viking Dash Races - March 2018 to May 2019

Invitation only slots for the National Viking Dash Trail Run Championships to be held in Muncie, Indiana on Saturday, June 22, 2019: 4 distances: 5k/10k/15k/Half Marathon will be awarded Overall National Championships and Age Group National Awards

Eligibility: Top 3 Overall M/F earn a spot and top age grouper finisherfy. We apply the roll-down to the next 3 age groupers via email 3-weeks after notification.

Age groups recognized:

5k=6-8, 9-12, 13-15, 16-19, 20-24 to 80-84(+) if needed

15k/20K=9-12, 13-15, 16-19, 20-24 to 80-84(+) if needed

Only the 1st 350  registered are accepted.

Male & Female Winners of the Half Marathon will receive a voucher for a Viking Cruise. An additional cruise will be given away at random in a drawing on race day.

For more details on the Viking Dash Trail Run National Schedule of trail runs - visit Viking Dash Trail Run  


About Greenswell Events

Greenswell events is based in Columbus, Ohio & Central Ohio's premier running & triathlon event organizer. As Central Ohio's only local triathlon organizer we are proud to support endurance athletes of all disciplines. Our events include running, fitness, and multi-sport events of all types and distances.  For more about us and our event schedule, visit 


Event Schedule

  • March 2 7:00 AM EST - Race Day Pick-up Begins

  • March 2 8:15 AM EST - Race Day Pick-up Ends

  • March 2 8:20 AM EST - Event Formation, Course Announcements

  • March 2 8:30 AM EST - 20K Begins

  • March 2 8:35 AM EST - 10K Begins

  • March 2 8:40 AM EST - 5K Begins

  • March 2 11:15 AM EST - Trail Closes

Contact Information

Event Location

Delaware State Park, U.S. Highway 23 N, Delaware, OH, USA

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