Obstacle Race Events

Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash, Savage Race, and Rugged Maniac– one gets an idea what they’re getting into just from the names of these obstacle course races. Which obstacle course race is best for you depends on who you are, but whichever it is, it’s going to be intense.

Needless to say, the harder the course, the better. From mud pits, to rock walls, cargo net climbs, monkey bars and anything other sadistic obstacle race organizers can dream up, the more extreme the better.

Jump on the RadSeason.com obstacle race calendar, find an upcoming race near you, start training, and get ready to get dirty. You’re going to love it!

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Tough Mudder Los Angeles 2019 Glen Helen Raceway, Los Angeles, California
06 Apr  - 07 Apr, 2019
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Warrior Dash Texas 2019 Rustys Walnut Creek Ranch, Cedar Creek, Texas
02 Mar  - 02 Mar, 2019
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Blizzard Blast 2019 Lowell, Massachusetts
26 Jan  - 26 Jan, 2019
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Abominable Snow Race 2019 Grand Geneva Resort, Wisconsin
26 Jan  - 26 Jan, 2019
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Getting Tough The Race 2018 Bleichwiese, Rudolstadt, Germany
08 Dec  - 09 Dec, 2018
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Los Angeles Spartan Race 2018 Castaic Lake State Recreation Area, California
08 Dec  - 09 Dec, 2018
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The Summit Survivor 2018 Trafalgar East, Victoria, Australia
17 Nov  - 17 Nov, 2018
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Mud Monsters Run 2018 East Grinstead, West Sussex, United Kingdom
14 Oct  - 14 Oct, 2018
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Spartan Race Sydney 2018 Western Sydney Parklands, NSW
06 Oct  - 07 Oct, 2018
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Warrior Dash Michigan 2018 Everett Cummings Center, Morris, Michigan
28 Jul  - 28 Jul, 2018
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Warrior Dash Ohio 2018 Clay's Park Resort, North Lawrence, Ohio
21 Jul  - 21 Jul, 2018
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World Wife Carrying Championship 2018 Sonkajärvi, Finland
06 Jul  - 07 Jul, 2018
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ROC Race Sydney 2018 Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, NSW
10 Feb  - 10 Feb, 2018
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Nuclear Fallout SECRET NUCLEAR BUNKER, Brentwood, CM15 0LA United Kingdom 
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The Suffering Obstacle Autumn Race Mitchell Road, Corby, NN17 5AF United Kingdom 
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The Suffering Race Spring Event Rockingham Castle Estate, Rockingham, LE16 8TH United Kingdom 
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The Gauntlet Games Manchester 2017 Heaton Park, Manchester, United Kingdom
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The Suffering Race Summer Weekender Rockingham Castle Estate, Rockingham, LE16 8TH United Kingdom 
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Savage Race Houston 2017 5389 Mill Creek Road, Cat Spring, TX, United States
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Spartan Race Atlanta Super and Sprint Lake Lanier Islands, Georgia
21 Oct  - 22 Oct, 2017
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Savage Race Dallas, TX 2017 10736 County Road 102, Grandview, TX 76050-3964 United States 
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Obstacle Course Racing World Championships 2017 Blue Mountains, Ontario, Canada
13 Oct  - 15 Oct, 2017
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Nottingham Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest National Water Sports Centre, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
07 Oct  - 07 Oct, 2017
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Cardiff Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest Cardiff, United Kingdom
24 Sep  - 24 Sep, 2017
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Savage Race Georgia Fall 2017 2462 Harmony Grove Church Rd, Dallas, GA 30132 United States 
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Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race – Twin Cities 2017 Twin Cities, MN, USA
16 Sep  - 16 Sep, 2017
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Rugged Maniac 5K Powered by Men’s Health – Kansas City 1 Snow Creek Dr, Weston, MO 64098 United States 
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Tough Mudder Chicago 2017 2 Airport Cir, Rockford, IL 61109 United States 
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Tough Mudder Half Chicago 2017 2 Airport Cir, Rockford, IL 61109 United States 

Obstacle Race History

Obstacle Racing means different things to different people, but the one thing all obstacle course races have in common is intensity. It’s hard to pinpoint the exact start of obstacle racing- people have been running since they first emerged from the trees, but many consider the Stadion to be the first competitive obstacle race. The Stadion or Stade race was the very first Olympic event in ancient Greece, held in honor of the god Zeus. As with all ancient Olympic events it was held nude, and the winner of the event had the games named in his honor. Thankfully, clothing is required at modern obstacle races, the first of which some obstacle race scholars mark as the Tough Guy race which started in 1987.

Typical obstacles in an obstacle race include barbed wire, electrical wires, walls, and of course, mud. Each brand of obstacle race has its own character, with different terrain, distances, and obstacles to take on. Perhaps the most famous of modern day obstacle course races, Tough Mudder, consists of more than 20 obstacles over a distance of 10 to 12 miles. Because of its length, a Tough Mudder is often a several hour affair. It’s not a formal race, so teamwork and cooperation is encouraged. Bring some friends, because misery loves company. The Spartan Race is Tough Mudder’s angry cousin- at up to 13 miles with 30-35 obstacles, you better be at your physical peak for this one. Teamwork is not encouraged in the Spartan Race- it’s every man and woman for themselves out there. Rugged Maniac has its start on ABC’s Shark Tank, and offers perhaps the most creative obstacles of all. Along with its more sprint-heavy brother the Warrior Dash, it’s shorter at only 5k (3.1 miles), but features tons of obstacles in that space, making it perfect for the entry level masochist just getting into obstacle running. No matter your flavor, there’s always a trench to climb through, flames to jump over, and mud to splash into in the world of obstacle racing, mud running and endurance race marathons.

From Savage Race to Zombie Mud Runs, there are so many more obstacle courses out there waiting to be conquered. It’s clear that obstacle racing’s popularity is on the rise- USA Today estimates that in 2015 4.5 million Americans took part in an obstacle race of some sort. If that many people can do it, why haven’t you given it a try yet? Scared? Find it, book it and run for your life with Rad Season.

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