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Brandon SchatzAn offbeat day with friends is part of what attracts younger crowds to The Color Run.With her 30th birthday approaching, Natalie Green made a “Twenties Bucket List” of things to do. At the top of that 11-item list — above goals such as “Begin writing a book” and “Begin saving for a family Disney trip” — was “Train for and run a 5K.”

 

But Green, a 29-year-old mom who works in marketing for a company in Chattanooga, Tenn., didn’t want to do just any weekend road race. That seemed boring. She had a specific race in mind, and in February of this year she began running regularly for the first time in her life, doing about 10 miles per week to get ready to outrun zombies. (more…)

News Leader sports writer Cory Mull, far left, participated in Saturday's Mid-Atlantic Tough Mudder in West Virginia with a team of eight others.

News Leader sports writer Cory Mull, far left, participated in Saturday’s Mid-Atlantic Tough Mudder in West Virginia with a team of eight others. / Cory Mull/The News Leader

There is a perfectly good explanation as to why events like the Tough Mudder, Spartan Race and Warrior Dash have become so popular in this country, and as of recently, across the world.

People love obstacle courses. (more…)

Tough Mudder

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“You would pay money for that?”

That is a common question Trent Peters, a freshman at Texas A&M University at Galveston, gets when he tells people he regularly competes inSpartan Race obstacle courses. They include carrying sandbags, crawling under barbed wire and running through mud.

For Tough Mudder, another obstacle course series, 15% of all participants were between the ages of 18 and 23 in 2012.

However, representatives from both Spartan Races and Tough Mudder report that college student participation in obstacle courses is dramatically increasing. (more…)

The Colour Run, Cairns

The Colour Run, Cairns

Fun runs used to be the domain of charities or diehard runners. Now they’re a private entity free-for-all.

There’s everything from Tough Mudder, where entrants crawl commando-like under barbed wire, to the Neon Run, where participants run along a track peppered with laser nights and dance music. (more…)

Part of a team of runners take a tumble in the final muddy obstacle near the end of the 10km race course. Obstacle course races can draw as many as 13,000 participants per event. – MCT photos

Part of a team of runners take a tumble in the final muddy obstacle near the end of the 10km race course. Obstacle course races can draw as many as 13,000 participants per event. – MCT photos

Obstacle races are huge in the United States, where mud and risk are par for the course.

 

WITH macho-sounding names like Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash and the Spartan Race, obstacle course races in the US have turned mud, sweat and tears into a flood of revenue.

Over the last year, obstacle races have surpassed marathons in popularity, with an estimated 1.6 million participants paying hefty fees to slosh through mud pits, crawl under barbed wire, scale 10-foot walls and plunge into troughs of ice water.

Course organisers are raking in millions of dollars in the process. (more…)

Hot Lava Obstacle Course provides grownups with their own playground photo

One minute I’m swinging like a monkey through a forest of dangling rings; the next I’m clinging like a sloth to a yellow net hooked to the ceiling.

Before I leave Hot Lava Obstacle Course, I’ve wobbled across a slack line, scuttled up a thick rope and leaped into a pit of molten rock (OK, it was actually red foam blocks, but what’s the difference?).

Overgrown kid Ben Broussard and his wife Kate opened this indoor gym in June next to a Chinese restaurant in a strip mall on Burnet Road. It might look like Romper Room for adults, and yes, it’s named for that kids’ game in which you pretend the floor is molten rock and you’ve got to jump from coffee table to couch to avoid it, but there’s plenty of fitness value here.

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Attendees participate in the Pretty Muddy run. The event is scheduled to take place at Mad River Mountain Sept. 14. Credit: Courtesy of Facebook

Attendees participate in the Pretty Muddy run in Chicago. The event is scheduled to take place at Mad River Mountain Sept. 14.
Credit: Courtesy of Facebook

Ladies, leave the high heels home and get ready to get dirty because the Pretty Muddy women’s run is coming to Ohio.

The Pretty Muddy is a women’s only 5K run through an obstacle course.

The run is similar to the Tough Mudder as it leads female participants through an obstacle course containing challenges such as crawling through a pool of mud and running across an inflated bridge filled with foam. (more…)

Who says women don’t like to get dirty?

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This past year one of the biggest things to catch on was mud races. From Tough Mudder to Spartan Race to Warrior Dash the mud has taken over. These aren’t your average races, it’s not just running it’s testing your over-all physical strength. Having done Tough Mudder myself, I can say it was not easy even though I am in shape. It pushed my body to it’s limit throwing elements like cold water, mud, and fire at you. At first these races seemed like a guys race, but thankfully women everywhere are holding their own and joining this new fad. Women are proving they are just as tough as the men by completing these races right along side of them. Women of all ages and sizes can accomplish these races as long as you are willing to put in the effort. Races like Mudderella and Dirty Girl are out now…

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English: SNOW VALLEY, Calif. (May 28, 2011) Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sebastian McCormack, assigned to Fleet Combat Camera Group, Pacific, crawls through the mud on his way through the third obstacle of the Tough Mudder competition. Tough Mudder is a 10-mile obstacle course designed by British special forces to challenge a competitor’s strength and endurance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Matthew D. Leistikow/Released) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Obstacle races like the insanely popular Tough Mudder race — dubbed “America’s fastest growing sport” by Outside magazine — are intense, dirty, and taking off like wildfire around the globe.

Races from companies Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash have been aggressively marketing themselves across Europe and the US the past few years and are now reaping the rewards with the eager masses signing up to run through icy pits, scale walls, crawl through mud-filled tubes, and sprint through fire.

The Guardian in the UK reports that last year, 1.5 million people competed in endurance obstacle races in the US alone, with the top three race organisers bringing in US$150 million (RM450 million). The sport is taking off in Australia, South Africa, South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Plus a slew of franchises are following suit, such as the UK’s Tough Guy, which involves scrambling under barbed wire, running through fires and dodging wires that deliver electrical shocks.

If running the Tough Mudder 10-12 mile (16-19km) challenges isn’t enough, the World’s Toughest Mudder ups the ante by extending the race to a full uninterrupted 24 hours. To participate, you’ll need to compete (and do well) in a standard Tough Mudder event, but even so, organisers only expect about 10 per cent of the participants to finish the Toughest Mudder. Next event happens in Englishtown, New Jersey, US, November 16-17.

Still not impressed? Check out the Spartan Death Race. This adventure race series offers a slew of shorter distance races around the globe, but for those craving more tortuous feats, the Death Race offers more than 42km with 50 obstacles, including challenges like eating a bag of raw onions and memorising US presidents’ names.

Next year’s races take place in the summer and winter in Vermont.