Obstacle runs and adventure races are a trend that’s sweeping the nation. Every hobby athlete wants to test their mettle against the toughest, roughest courses in the US and beyond.
Whether you’re new to the game or a seasoned veteran, here are our 5 favourite adventure races and obstacle course runs, plus some top tips on how to get yourself victory-ready.
How To Prepare For Race Day
Before registering your place, we need to get you primed for training.
These races are tough, so don’t think you needn’t prepare for them. To give yourself the best chance of success, make these simple changes to your diet and exercise routine.
Diet- It’s all about clean eating. Ditch the junk food and commit yourself to the produce section of the supermarket. You might even find that you enjoy educating yourself about nutrition and learning new recipes.
Protein, carbs and (healthy) fats are all good. Just remember, all things in moderation. Which are the healthy fats? Your body will love nuts, avocado and olive oil, but not deep fried food and ice cream.
Exercise- Combine explosive exercise with short periods of rest. HIIT workouts will make you strong and ensure you continue to burn calories long after you hit the showers. Try conditioning circuits of gradually decreasing repetitions of squats, push ups, russian twists, sit ups, burpees, lunges, bench dips etc.
One month before race day, you should be training four times a week. In the preceding months, three times a week is a good general rule. Make sure you get plenty of rest in between times.
If you go online to Tough Mudder’s website, you can download their training plan to ensure you’re doing it right.
The Godfather of obstacle course runs. Tough Mudder has got a challenge for everyone, from the classic 1 mile course through to 'World’s Toughest Mudder', “the most extreme, pulse-pounding, heart-stopping 24-hour obstacle course challenge on the planet.” You have been warned...
When & Where: Throughout the year and across the country, but there are races coming up on May 6, May 20 and June 2 in Central Texas, Philly and Kentucky respectively.
Father’s Day Adventure Race, Florida
A great race for all the Dads out there. For beginners, there’s the Family 1-Hour race. Intermediates can get stuck into the Sport 3-Hour, or there’s the Elite 6-Hour race, which is composed of each of the disciplines (paddle, bike, and trek) for about 2 hours each.
Where:Little Big Econ State Forest
Ever watched the movie Spartaand envied those abs? Thought so. Then this is the race for you. Spartan Race is innovating obstacle course races on a global scale. With 120+ races worldwide, they have three core races escalating in distance & obstacles.
When & Where: Throughout the year and across the country, but there are races coming up on May 19 in Austin, and June 2 in Ohio and New York.
They say that Savage Race is “more than just a race. It’s about setting personal goals and smashing them. It’s about pushing your limits to defeat the world’s best obstacles. It’s about teamwork and friendship.” Oh and there’s a free beer at the end of it!
When & Where:12 races throughout the year and across the country. There are races coming up on June 23, July 14 and July 28-29 in Pennsylvania, Boston and Chicago respectively.
Bermuda Triple Challenge
Unlike any other adventure race, the Bermuda Triple Challenge is a unique obstacle course weekend. Showcasing three of Bermuda’s most beautiful locations over three days, you can experience the beauty and the brawn of this incredible Atlantic Island.
When: March 15-17
Next year’s event schedule includes a Bermudian inspired BBQ, cocktails, an excursion with optional cliff jump and subterranean cave swim plus plenty of challenging runs for you, your friends and family.
We advise booking your Bermudian adventure weekend now and spending 2018 training with our other obstacle race suggestions!
Love mixing travel and fitness? Take a look at our roundup of the best urban marathons from around the world.
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