What Is a Mud Run?

What is a Mud Run, exactly?

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A few interesting stats about mud runs:

  • Mud Running/Obstacle Course Racing is a $250 million dollar industry.
  • An estimated 3 million Americans will participate in a Mud Run this year.
  • There will be over 400 mud runs in the US this year.

Most mud runs are about 3 miles long, and have 10-20 obstacles along the way (ie: slip n slides, cargo net climbs, and mud pits).

Check out a list of Mud Runs coming to your state

These events come in all shapes and sizes.  Some are competitive, some aren’t.  Some are long, some are short.  Some attract giant crowds, others don’t. Some are part of a national series, while others are organized locally. One of the most popular and oldest obstacle race series is the Spartan Race.

Many twists on the basic idea of a mud run have emerged in recent years. Some races cater to women only.  Some races have adopted quirky themes: imagine zombies and superheroes. There are also very extreme events that have participants running through the obstacle course for 24 hours or more.

Intrigued? Want to give it a try?  Check out the mud run calendar 2014 or download a free mud run training plan for your first obstacle course.

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