It seems as though a new obstacle race is popping up every day. Some are longer than others and have more obstacles, but for the most part, all of them share the same qualities: distance, mud, crawling, climbing, jumping, bumping… and of course some have elements such as extreme heat, extreme cold, barbed wire, fire and electrical shock.
You know, the sorts of things that give the BAM! to kick up a typical running event just a notch.
I was just made aware of a new event coming to my neck of the woods. It’s called the Rugged Maniac and it looks like a nice trade-off for a day at the beach this summer. Well, I guess it’s a nice trade-off if your just a little bit crazy… or just like a good military obstacle type challenge.
We had a lot of fun this past November when we ran the Tough Mudder. And one of the things that I kept wondering was how I’d fair in the Mudder if you took out the freezing temperatures and replaced it with the summer heat.
Looks like I’ll get my chance to find out. While the Rugged Maniac is only a 5k, for all intents and purposes it’s the Tough Mudder. Same physical location and trade-off obstacles. Similar T-Shit, beer and rock party for the finishers. And just like the Mudder, the event is really geared toward testing your mental toughness. The change in elements will give me a nice contrast in evaluating how they play into performance of such an event.
Needless to say, I’m looking forward to it.
With good weather right around the corner, we’re getting ready to roll out our Fully Functional Boot Camp sessions. In light of the Rugged Maniac, we’re thinking of adding in a 6-8 week Rugged Maniac Training Prep Course for those who would love to tackle the event but are hesitant. Anyone who’s interested, drop a comment below, shoot me an email or hit us up on the Facebook page and we’ll get your squared away.
Should be a lot of mud-slinging fun!
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