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