What is Obstacle Course Racing?
Have you noticed obstacle course racing and mud races happening more often? It's true. These events have grown every year since they first appeared.
Obstacle course racing (OCR) ranges from family friendly to ultra competitive challenges. OCR participants race on foot while conquering various obstacles. The physical challenges include climbing walls, swinging across cold water, crawling under barbed wire, leaping over trenches and fire.
Each challenge tests strength, speed, endurance, mobility, and more. The course distances vary from one mile to marathon. Some combine trail and road running.
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What Does a Rugged Maniac Event Look Like?
Rugged Maniac obstacle course races (OCR) began in 2010 as Rugged Races. Two former lawyers, Brad Scudder and Rob Dickens, staged their first race in October, 2010.
In 2014, they did a deal with Mark Cuban on ABC's Shark Tank. In just a couple of years, the race expanded to 24 US cities and Canada as the Rugged Maniac. Today you can choose from 30 Rugged Maniac events across the continent.
Rugged Maniac features over 25 obstacles on a 5K course. There are 6 new obstacles in 2019. The event is family-friendly. It caters to participants at all fitmness levels.
Before, during and after the race, everyone enjoys an all day festival. There's a mechanical bull to ride, bounce houses, beer, food, and exhibition booths.
A few photos from the 2018 Dade City Rugged Maniac.
Race Day Festival and Post Race Party
The festival starts at 8 a.m. with a DJ on the main stage. There are plenty of activities and games: dance parties, pull-up contests, stein-hoisting and pie-eating competitions. Take a spin on the mechanical bull or play corn hole. Enjoy some food, a beer, and visit the sponsor displays for freebies.
Pricing and Discount Code
Parking is $10 per car; $25 for RVs and Campers. That's incentive to carpool, right? Cash only for the parking fee.
Spectating is it's own sport. (That's my plan this year!) Tell your cheer squad that spectators get in free. Everyone is welcome to watch the competiton. No animals permitted except service dogs.
Rated in Top Five Obstacle Course Races
The Rugged Maniac events are rated as a top OCR. Every Rugged Maniac event has at least 25 obstacles. Be sure to download the race packet before the race to see which obstacles will be on course. (2018 obstacles are listed on website right now.)
Use the Discount Code and Save 10%
If racing the Rugged Maniac appeals to you, don't forget to save some cash with my code: RUN10. That's good for 10% off your registration.
The Dade City, Florida April 20 Event is 70% Full
Learn What to Take with You to an OCR
What should you pack for your obstacle course race adventure? No worries, I'll be back with a comprehensive list of what to pack when running an OCR. Hint: It's going to be different than any road race you've run! Another hint: NO CLEATS ALLOWED.
Advice on How to Enjoy Your Mud Run OCR
Check out Andrea's tips for fun at a mud run obstacle course race. Her Mom talked her into running one! You can get her take on the new Rugged Maniac obstacles, too.
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Dec. 9, 2022