What to Wear For a Mud Run

What to Wear For A Mud Run?

The first thing that most newbie mud runners want to know is what to wear for a mud run? Here are a few things to consider as you pick out your race day attire.


For most casual obstacle course racers, the best shoes are the old ones that you don’t mind contributing to the donation pile you’ll find at most races.  If you have more than one option that fits the bill, find the ones that give you the best support and traction as you run and climb on things. Go for the lightest pair of shoes you have (with lots of mesh). Lighter shoes dry faster, allow your feet to breathe better and don’t carry quite as much mud along.

If you are more serious about the comfort and performance of your mud running shoes, then check out our recommendations for best Mud Running Shoes.


If you’ve been to a mud run, you know that you will see people wearing everything from tutus to fancy Compression Clothing. So your clothing choice really depends on your goals for the race.  If you are out for a fun and goofy time with friends, then enjoy your quirky costumes.  If you are more about performance, keep it as quick-drying and light as possible. You will regret wearing cotton because it holds all the moisture right next to your skin and gets heavy with mud. Choose synthetic fabrics that will keep you as dry and light as possible.  Check out our gear page for some good options.

Good Costumes:

Even the hardcore races that relish in their tough-guy image encourage costumes.  And many race series do not give out prizes for running the fastest, but they do give out prizes for the best costumes. You will certainly not be alone if you opt out of the costume route. If you decide to dress up, just make sure you can run and scale obstacles in your costume; you don’t want your Hawaiian hula skirt getting caught on the barbed wire. Also remember that you will also have to attach your race bib to your costume somehow.  If your costume doesn’t quite allow for that, or you just want an easy way to carry some gel packs, then check out the Nathan Booster and Race Number Belt.

Optional Gear:


Gloves aren’t really necessary for beginner-level races unless it will be very cold. If you are running in cold weather or you are running in a longer race, then you will find obstacle racers that swear by gloves and those that just swear at them. Gloves can give you better grip and keep your hands warm, unless they get wet, in which case they won’t do either of those things. But no matter what, they do offer some degree of protection against things like barbed wire and splinters.

Eye Protection:

When you are running through mud pits with lots of other people, mud splashes everywhere, including your eyes.  Getting mud in your eyes isn’t really the end of the world, but it can be annoying, especially if it causes your contacts to fall out.  To protect your eyes, a plain old pair of goggles will do the trick.  But if goggles don’t quite fit your image, then a pair of Wrap Around Sunglasses are a cooler option.


If you are doing a beginning level race, then you don’t really need to carry your own water, given the length of the course and the frequency of aid stations. However, the aid stations are less frequent in longer races and many racers feel they need to carry their own water to stay adequately hydrated. Other racers are okay with just the aid stations and think that Camelbaks get in their way. Check out the planned aid stations for your race and see if you need to bring more water along.

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