I’m not even sure what to call them, but these obstacle course/adventure race/mud run–type events seemed to be all the rage this summer in Colorado. They all follow the same basic theme – an athletic challenge in a desirable location, varying degrees of mud, maybe a cool hat or finish prize, and a post-race party - oh, and they’re all pretty expensive. One of these races actually says it's "Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet." I find that hard to believe, but if the Race Director wants to prove me wrong, let me know and I'll be there.
Beach Palooza - Obstacle Run Series / June 11 / Boulder
Held in six cities across the country and providing a “kick ass day in the sand.” Obstacles include bouncy balls, noodles, a lifeguard chair, giant sand dunes, gale-force winds, and seaweed. The website doesn’t list the race distance, but I presume it’s 5K-ish. The website doesn’t appear to contain any registration info.
Tough Mudder – “Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet” / June 25 & 26 / Beaver Creek
“Tough Mudder is not your average lame-ass mud run or spirit-crushing ‘endurance’ road race. It’s Ironman meets Burning Man.” The obstacle course is designed by British Special Forces and is 10-12 miles, testing strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. On average, only 78% of participants finish a Tough Mudder event. Entry for the Saturday race is $150 and $130 for the Sunday race (through May 25).
Scavenger Dash / July 9 and 10 / Denver & Fort Collins
The Scavenger Dash is a wildly-fun urban adventure. Teams of two solve twelve clues, have a wild city adventure, and complete fun challenges while discovering the city in a different way. Races are held all over the country. Registration is $99 per team through June 25.
Metro Dash / July 23 / Denver
Competitors will sprint a total of 600 meters while climbing, crawling, jumping, swinging, and scaling their way through 30 challenging obstacles. Registration is $50 through June 27.
Silly Pig Mud Run / August 6 / Aurora
The Silly Pig Mud Run is a 5K run designed to bring out the inner child in you that longs to get muddy, wet, and have lots of outdoor fun. This is definitely your average 5K road run. Obstacles include tunnel crawls, mud pits, tire obstacles, cargo nets, and more. Registration is $65 through August 4.
Muddy Buddy – Run and Ride Series / August 14 / Boulder
Muddy Buddy is about having fun. Teams of two traverse a 6-7 mile off-road course and five obstacles with team members alternately running and riding. At the end of the race, racers crawl through the infamous Mud Pit . Registration for a team of two is $150 through June 29.
Warrior Dash / August 20 & 21 / Copper Mountain
“Warrior Dash is a mud-crawling, fire-leaping, extreme run from hell. This fierce running series is held on the most challenging and rugged terrain across the globe. Warriors conquer extreme obstacles, push their limits, and celebrate with kick-ass music, beer, and warrior helmets.” Registration is $65 for Saturday and $55 for Sunday through July 24.
Mud Run MS Colorado / August 27 / Winter Park
As the fastest-growing adventure race in the country, the Original Mud Run is a 10K race with a series of boot-camp style obstacles that are surrounded by or made entirely of mud. Registration is $50 for the competitive divisions.
Mud Brigade / September 10 / Loveland
New to Northern Colorado, the Mud Brigade is the first 5K Mud Run/Adventure Race to hit the Front Range corridor!