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Obstacle Races


I’ve been thinking a lot about obstacle races lately. I definitely want to do some but there are so many out there now…which ones are best for me? I read an amazing article in a magazine the other day about building challenge courses. So many different skills, tools, and pieces of equipment are used throughout the design process, and now I am determined to pay one a visit for myself! So, feeling inspired, I pulled together a list of available races along with some other information and thought it may be helpful for others. Here it is…let me know if I missed any!

the mega list obstacle races and info

spartan obstacle race

Spartan Race

About: This race is said to have the best obstacles in the world. With 3 race formats, from the 3+ mile Sprint to the 12+ mile Spartan Beast, you can choose your distance and race against the clock as you climb ropes, throw spears, swim dams, jump fires and scale walls, individually or as part of a team.
Locations: 38 races scheduled for 2014 across the US + races in Australia, Mexico, Canada, Slovokia, Germany, France, Spain, South Korea, UK, Italy, Poland, Czech, Hungary, Chile, and South Africa
Distance: 3+ mile to 12+ mile races available
Obstacles: There are some staples in our repertoire. There are also some venue specific and terrain inspired obstacles. We will not, however, spell it out for you. As well, you will get no course map to inspect.There is fire, mud, water, barbed wire, and occasionally Hell on Earth. There WILL be obstacles to catch you off guard. Curve balls, so to speak. Get over it.
Cost: $60 to $185 depending on registration date and race selected
Do I get a beer? Yes!

Spartan mud obstacle race

Warrior Dash

About: Said to be the “gateway” for obstacle races. You can skip obstacles and still finish the race but cannot receive rewards.
Locations: 43 locations for 2014 in US, Mexico, Denmark
Distance: 3.2 miles / 5k
Obstacles: 26 obstacles (see them here)
Cost: $60-$90 depending on registration date
Do I get a beer? Yes!

warrior dash obstacle race

Tough Mudder

About: One of the most popular obstacle course races (and raises money for the Wounded Warrior Project). Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile (18-20 km) obstacle course challenges designed to test your all-around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. With the most innovative obstacles and over one million participants globally to date, Tough Mudder is the premier obstacle course series in the world.
Locations: Los Angeles, Arizona, NorCal, South Florida, Poconos, Auckland, Las Vegas, London West UK, Melbourne Australia, Atlanta, Central Texas, Kansas, Chicago, Ohio, New England, Nashville, Scotland UK, Virginia, Whistler CAN, Midlands UK, Montreal CAN, Upstate New York, Minneanopolis/St.Paul, Berlin-Brandenburg DE, Yorkshire UK, Portland, Rhein-Main DE, Pittsburgh.Ohio Valley, Sunshine Coast AU, Tahoe, Toronto CAN, South West UK, Colorado, Nordhein-Westfalen DE, Wisconsin, Northwest UK, Perth AU, Michigan, Seattle, Capital Region, Dallas, Dublin IE, Hamburg, Missouri, Tri-State, London South UK, North Carolina, SoCal, Houston, Central Florida
Distance: 10-12 miles
Obstacles: Around 25 or so obstacles (see them here)
Cost: $89-185 depending on registration date
Do I get a beer? Yes!

tough mudder obstacle race

CMC – Civilian Military Combine

About: CMC is the world’s fastest growing community of Hybrid Athletes, combining 4+ miles of obstacle racing with our revolutionary first challenge, The PIT. Mud washes off, wounds heal, and sore muscles recover (especially with the help of some products), but the pride that comes from conquering a
CMC will never fade.
Locations: North East US (Camelback Mountain PA, Amesbury MA, Newtown Square PA, Brooklyn NY, Bryce Resort VA, Baltimore MD)
Distance: 4+ mile course
Obstacles: The Pit. This 5-minute AMRAP workout (As Many Reps As Possible) consists of athletic, military-inspired, functional fitness movements designed to level the playing field between endurance and strength athletes.
Cost: The prices range from $75 to $180 per racer.
Do I get a beer? no

civilian military combine obstacle race

Rugged Maniac

About: Sign up for the race and you’ll get a chance to run the 3.1-mile course filled with 25+ obstacles designed to push you to your limits! While you’re waiting for your turn on the course, you’ll get to hang out with thousands of other maniacs in the festival area where you can ride mechanical bulls, pretend to be a kid in the adult bounce houses, or just rock out to the latest tunes while enjoying some tasty food or beverages. Not only that, but each runner gets a high-quality t-shirt, free professional race photos and a beer (if 21 or over) with their registration!
Locations: Houston TX, South Carolina, Virginia, NorCal, Portlan OR, Florida, New York City, New Jersey, Denver CO, Chicago, Milwaukee, Kansas City MO, Atlanta GA, Twin Cities, Southern Indiana, New England, Dallas TX, DC Metro, SoCal, Phoenix AZ
Distance: 3.1 miles
Obstacles: 25+ obstacles
Cost: $38 to $63 depending on registration date
Do I get a beer? Yes!

rugged maniac obstacle race

SuperHero Scramble

About: Superhero Scramble is an elite obstacle course race ranging from 4 miles of wicked terrain to marathon distance for those who want to challenge themselves beyond a fun run.
Locations: Georgia, Central FL, New England, Carolinas, Tri-state New York, Ohio, Dallas TX, Georgia, North Florida, Denver CO, Kentucky, NoCal, Pennsylvania, Phoenix AZ
Distance: 4 miles to 13 miles depending on event registered
Obstacles: 20 to 30 obstacles
Cost: $59 to $99 depending on race and registration date
Do I get a beer? Yes!

superhero scramble obstacle race

Krell Adventure Games
About: Krell Adventures LLC was created by Rodney Villella and Amy Bartoletti. Their goal was to create the next step in obstacle racing.
Locations: Poconos PA, Staten Island NY, Hudson Valley NY
Distance: between 4 and 6 miles depending on the route choice to clear the entire course
Obstacles: 15 to 20 obstacles
Cost: $65 to $90 per person depending on registration date
Do I get a beer? TBA

krell adventure games obstacle race

The Inferno 2014
About: The Inferno is an extreme obstacle course adventure challenge with 25+ obstacles and a distance swim stretched out over 13.1 miles!
Locations: 5560 Zena Rd NW Salem , OR 97304 Across from Zenith Vineyards
Distance: 6 to 13.1 miles – depending on event registered
Obstacles: 15 to 25 obstacles
Cost: $59 to $99 depending on registration date
Do I get a beer? Yes!

the inferno obstacle race

Dirt Runner
About: Dirt Runner is about great competition and amazing post race atmosphere. Our trails utilize the best natural landscape around Chicagoland, no and’s if’s or but’s about it.
Locations: North America, Camelback Mountain PA, Amesbury MA, Newtown Square PA, Brooklyn NY, Bryce Resort VA, Baltimore MD
Distance: 4 to 6+ miles
Obstacles: 21 depending on challenge and course selected
Cost: $75 to $180 depending on race registered
Do I get a beer? TBA

dirt runner obstacle race

Caveman Rock N’ Run
About: Ready to take on a 5K like none other? We thought so! The insanely challenging terrain of the Hocking Hills poses it’s own intimidating elevations and terrain, but add in some prehistoric obstacles and a throng of rebel cavemen and cavewomen trying to pillage your club from you as you run and you’ve just become a runner in “Caveman Rock N’ Run 5K”.
Locations: Logan, OH
Distance: 5k
Obstacles: TBA
Cost: $50 to $100 depending on date registered
Do I get a beer? Yes!

savage race obstacle race

Savage Race
About: Savage Race is an intense 5-7 mile obstacle run with 25 world class obstacles, mud, fire, and barbed wire.
Locations: Florida, Georgia, Mid-Atlantic – MD/VA/PA, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, New England, Chicago
Distance: 5 to 7 Miles
Obstacles: 25 obstacles
Cost: $89 to $109 depending on registration date
Do I get a beer? Yes!

savage obstacle race

Spartan Kids
About: Spartan Kids’s mission is to inspire children to develop a love for fitness at an early age. The “Jr. Spartans” obstacle course races for kids 4-8 are about a 1?2 mile and the 1 mile kids spartan races are for older “Varsity Spartans” aged 9-13. Both kids races are filled with obstacle styles and amounts tailored just for them.
Locations: 29 locations in USA
Distance: .5 to 1 mile
Obstacles: TBA
Cost: $25 to $30 depending on registration date
Do I get a beer? No, seriously people!? They aren’t going to give a beer to kids! ;)

spartan kids obstacle race

The Burner
About: The Burner is a 7 mile obstacle race, mud run and physical challenge taking place in Hubbard, Ohio at Big Game Raceway on June 7, 2014 and September 6, 2014.
Locations: 2601 Elmwood Drive, Hubbard, OH 44425
Distance: 7 miles
Obstacles: 14 obstacles
Cost: $70 to $100 depending on registration date
Do I get a beer? TBA

the burner obstacle race

Pretty Muddy Women’s Run
About: Pretty Muddy was started by a couple of businessmen who were inspired by their wives – their pretty cool wives.
Locations: Sacramento CA, Richmond VA, Chicago IL, Dallas TX
Distance: 3 miles
Obstacles: 10 obstacles
Cost: $69.50 depending on registration date
Do I get a beer? Yes! Depending on location

pretty muddy obstacle race

Desert Dash
About: Our return to Bootleg Canyon with more beer (and root beer!), more trails, and more fun!
Locations: Bootleg Canyon, Boulder City, NV
Distance: 3.2 miles to 26.2 miles depending on event registered
Obstacles: TBA
Cost: $40 to $100 depending on event and date registered
Do I get a beer? Yes!

desert dash obstacle race

The Hit and Run 5k
About: Hit and Run 5K is the hilariously humongous obstacle course™; it will hit you, bounce you, splash you, flip you, flop you, and catapult you where no 5K participant has ever been hurled.
Locations: Dallas Texas, Minneanopolis Minnesota, Grand Rapids Michigan, Columbus Ohio, Richmond Virginia, Washington DC, Chicago Illinois, Portland Oregon, Denver Colorado, Jacksonville Florida, Boston, Massachussetts, Austin Texas, Houston Texas, Seattle Washington, San Francisco California, Orlando Florida, Charlotte North Carolina, Phoenix Arizona, Memphis Tennessee, Los Angeles California, San Diego California
Distance: 3.1 miles
Obstacles: 6 obstacles
Cost: $25 to $45 depending on date of registration
Do I get a beer? TBA

the hit and run 5k obstacle race

ROC Race 5K
About: ROC Race is the original game show-inspired obstacle run featuring 12 larger than life obstacles including the infamous Wrecking Ball, the brand new Jump Balls, and the World’s Largest Inflatable Water Slide (it’s a lot bigger than the ones you can normally get from the inflatable water slide hire store so be prepared!) Get ready for the craziest 5k of your life!
Locations: Atlanta GA, Orange County CA, San Diego CA, Baltimore MD, Washington DC, Charlotte NC, Chicago IL, Bay Area CA, Austin TX, Sacramento CA, New York NY, Philadelphia PA, Boston MA, Phoenix AZ, Portland OR, Seattle WA, Twin Cities, Hartford CT, Charleston SC, Denver CO, Detroit MI, Grand Rapids MI, Kansas City MO, Miami FL, Nashville TN, San Antonio TX, Virginia Beach VA, Montreal Canada, Toronto Canada, Vancouver Canada
Distance: 5k
Obstacles: 15 obstacles
Cost: $54 to $75 depending on date of registration
Do I get a beer? No

roc race obstacle race

Terrain Mud Runs
About: Crawl over obstacles right where The Three Amigos and many more westerns were filmed. Finish covered in mud with the beautiful Tucson mountains behind you.
Locations: Las Vegas, St. George, Phoenix, Flagstaff, Tucson
Distance: 3 miles to 5+ miles depending on event registered
Obstacles: 20 obstacles
Cost: $20 to $55
Do I get a beer? No

terrain mud run obstacle race

Mud Mania Extreme Obstacle Challenge
About: Mud Mania is a mud drenched outdoor obstacle adventure race fueled by excessive and unreasonable enthusiasm. Whether competing alone or on a team, ultimately it is a challenge that will pit your raw grit against the notoriously rugged Alabama mud.
Locations: Auburn AL, St. Augustine FL
Distance: 5k
Obstacles: 20+ obstacles
Cost: starts at $45 depending on registration date
Do I get a beer? No but there will be beers for sale in the event

mud mania extreme obstacle race

Birmingham Alabama Panther Run 2014
About: Panther Run is an adventurous 5K running race filled with heart pumping obstacles. Challenging enough for the most hardened mud/obstacle run veterans, but also friendly enough for beginners.
Locations: The Ridge, Springville, AL
Distance: 5K
Obstacles: 15 to 20 obstacles
Cost: $39 to $54 depending on registration date
Do I get a beer? No

panther run obstacle race

Marauder Run
About: The Marauder Run is an obstacle course run, plain and simple, topped off with a a whole lot of mud. It’s a challenge, not a race. After you’re done conquering the course , head over with your friends for a beer and enjoy some live music
Locations: New Brockton, Alabama
Distance: 4 miles
Obstacles: 25 obstacles
Cost: New Brockton, Alabama
Do I get a beer? Yes!

marauder run obstacle race

Muddy Cheer Challenge
About: Our mission is to bring families and communities together through the power of team bonding and having a muddy good time while providing a judgment-free zone and non-intimidating environment for all ages!
Locations: 11 locations in USA
Distance: 5K
Obstacles: 10 to 15 obstacles
Cost: $55 to $75 depending on registration date
Do I get a beer? No

muddy cheer challenge obstacle race

Mud Factor
About: Mud Factor’s Triple Threat obstacle has three 24 foot wide, 15 foot high structures for you to scale, back to back. They are set to 70 degree angles on either side and each structure has a different face – with cargo nets, ladders, paneled walls, and suspended climbing ropes, be careful of the mud left behind by your fellow Mud Runners.
Locations: Cencal. Bakersfield, NorCal, SoCal, Nebraska, Minnesota, Alaska, Oklahoma, Michigan, Seattle, Billings, Boise, Bozeman, Casa De Fruta, Colorado Springs, Denver, Fairbanks, Fort Collins, Medford, Missoula, Portland, Redding, Reno, Salt Lake City, Spokane, Tucson, Ventura/Orange Co., Yuba/Sutter,
Distance: 3.1 miles
Obstacles: 16 obstacles
Cost: 29 to $65 depending on registrationd date
Do I get a beer? No

mud factor obstacle race

Hard Charge
About: Whether you want to encourage employee wellness or are looking for a fun team building activity, sign up your staff for HARD CHARGE! Crawl, climb, run and tackle the course as a team! Then celebrate your victory at the post-race party.
Locations: Tucson Arizona, Park City/Wichita Kansas, Minnenopolis Minnesota, Fargo North Dakota, Chicago Illinois, Des Moines Iowa, Peoria Illinois, Arizona
Distance: 4K to 5K
Obstacles: up to 40 obstacles
Cost: up to $108
Do I get a beer? Yes!

hard charge obstacle race

Down and Dirty Mud Run
About: The Merrell Down & Dirty Obstacle Race presented by Subaru is an obstacle-climbing, trail-blasting series unlike any other. Each event has two course options (3 mile or a 6 mile), more than 20 challenging obstacles, a rockin’ expo, and an awesome kids’ race for ages 4-13.
Locations: Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Dallas, Hartford, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Detroit, New York, Atlanta, Sacramento
Distance: 3 to 6 miles
Obstacles: 20+ obstacles
Cost: up to $90 depending on event and date of registration
Do I get a beer? No

down and dirty mud run obstacle race

Survivor Mud Run
About: We created Survivor Mud Run to test your ability to run, climb, jump, crawl, & muscle your way through the most extreme 5k Mud Run Created!
Locations: Northern California, Seattle Washington, Colorado, Southern California
Distance: 5K
Obstacles: 20 obstacles
Cost: $49 to $69 depending on date of registration and event
Do I get a beer? No but there will be beers for sale in the event

survivor mud run obstacle race

Kiss Me Dirty Race Series
About: Wanna get a little…dirty?! Come lose yourself in a sea of mud, obstacles, color and foam.
Locations: San Jose CA, Salt Lake City UT, Portland OR, Tucson AZ
Distance: 3 miles
Obstacles: 18 obstacles
Cost: $60 to $75 depending on location and date of registration
Do I get a beer? No

kiss me dirty obstacle race

Atlas Race
About: At Atlas Race, we believe that each of us have only scratched the surface of who we are and what we can become.
Locations: Los Angeles CA, Dallas/Fort Worth TX, San Diego CA, Las Vegas NV, Seattle WA, Bay Area CA, Portland OR, Denver CO, Boise ID, Medford OR, Phoenix/Scottsdale AZ
Distance: 3 to 9 miles
Obstacles: 20+ obstacles
Cost: $55 to $105
Do I get a beer? No

atlas race obstacle race

Reebok Spartan Race
About: From beginner trail racers and mud run participants to hardcore warriors, tough guys and marathon runners, they all come out to test themselves on the insane obstacle races!
Locations: 21 locations in USA, UK and Canada
Distance: 3+ miles
Obstacles: 15+ obstacles
Cost: $85 to $185 depending on registration date
Do I get a beer? Yes!

reebok spartan race obstacle race

Top Ninjas
About: What do you get when you take mud, obstacles, and a whole of of fun? The answer is Top Ninjas. Top Ninjas is a television inspired 5K challenge featuring some of the most craziest obstacle courses in sports entertainment
Locations: Sacramento CA, San Diego CA, Tahoe, CA
Distance: 5K
Obstacles: 15 obstacles
Cost: $45 to $65 depending on registration date
Do I get a beer? Yes!

top ninjas obstacle race

The Gladiator Rock ‘n Run 2014
About: Like a frenzied start up pivoting before it’s IPO we are completely overhauling our course and littering it with new obstacles before we let our greedy Gladiators charge forward with a hostile take over.
Locations: Dallas Texas, San Antonio Texas, Southern California, San Jose California, San Diego California, Michigan, Pittsburgh, SoCal
Distance: 6K
Obstacles: 17 obstacles
Cost: $55 to $90 depending on registration date
Do I get a beer? Yes!

Gladiator Rock n run obstacle race

Mach One Mud Run 2014
About: You asked for the challenge, and you’ll get it! IT changes every year! The MACH 1 Mud Run is an approximate +5k course beginning and ending on the battle grounds of Corona Airport
Locations: Corona, CA
Distance: 5K+
Obstacles: 14 obstacles
Cost: $35 to $70 depending on date of registration
Do I get a beer? No but there will be beers for sale in the event

mach one mud run obstacle race

5K Foam Fest
About: The 5k Foam Fest is a fun and exciting challenge for the experienced and beginner runners alike. The 5k Foam Fest makes exercising an absolute party for you and your friends.
Locations: 48 locations in USA
Distance: 5K
Obstacles: 15 to 30 obstacles
Cost: $60 to $90 depending on date of registration
Do I get a beer? Yes!

5k foam fest obstacle race

Dirty Girl Mud Run 2014
About: Dirty Girl Women-only 5K isn’t about who finishes first. It’s about embracing life’s messes, celebrating it’s obstacles and helping our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends do the same.
Locations: Atlanta GA, Virginia Beach, Scranton Pennsylvania, Indianapolis Indiana, Raleigh Area NC, Tri State NJ, Western PA, Chicago IL, Eastern PA, Boston Massachusetts, Charleston West Virginia, Twin Cities MN, Cleveland OH, Miwaukee Wisconsin, Baltimore Maryland, Buffalo NY, Lincoln Nebraska, Denver Colorado, San Antonio TX, Dallas TX, Houston TX, Oakland CA, Los Angeles CA, Phoeniz AZ
Distance: 3.1 miles
Obstacles: 11 obstacles
Cost: $75 to $85 depending on even and date of registration
Do I get beer? No

dirty girl mud run obstacle race

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