I’m Talking Dirty

Running — By on March 19, 2013 11:24 am

Everyone’s doing it these days, some 1.5 million in 2012 with no shortage of new people joining the party this year.   Some do it alone, but most think it as an experience best shared with close friends.   And bragging about it after the fact is also part of the appeal.

What am I talking about?  Mud runs and obstacle races of course.


The races, which pull athletes from the CrossFit and the running communities, challenge people to test their fitness in the worst possible conditions.  And this broad appeal has not been lost on Reebok, one of the world’s top fitness brands.  In a move similar to their partnership with CrossFit, Reekbok has joined forces with Spartan Race to elevate Obstacle Course Racing to “an internationally sanctioned sport.”

According to Spartan Race founder, Joe De Sena, “Reebok will help us expand globally, pursue our goals of making obstacle racing an Olympic sport, share the healthy living we promote, and rip people off their couches and do what human beings were made to do: run, jump, sweat and climb.”

I have created a new website called Mud Run Resources to profile some of the everyday athletes competing in obstacle course racing.  To kick things off, Deanna and Gray graciously wrote about their adventures participating in multiple obstacle races during the past few years.

Please check out their stories, and if you would like to share your adventure, drop me a note via the contact page on the new site .


photo credit:  Presidio of Monterey: DLIFLC & USAG

The following two tabs change content below.
Tim Huntley , the former CEO of Ganymede Software, spends his time advising high tech start-ups, serving on the board for the Track and Field Athletes Association, and writing on his blog, An Entrepreneurial Life. Circle me on Google+.

Latest posts by Tim Huntley (see all)

  • SoccerlifeGK

    I really like this post because I agree that ‘mud runs’ are a great way to condition. The typical routine in the gym can get old. As a student athlete these types of races really appeal to me because running on a treadmill can get pretty boring. All types of athletes should consider races like this as well as the race called “The Color Run” because it puts a fun spin on preparing for the season!

    Thanks for the post!