Thousands gathered on Forever Florida in St. Cloud last Saturday to participate in Foam Fest, an event that bills itself as the “only obstacle mud race that doubles as a human car wash,” reports the Orlando Sentinel.
The 5K Foam Fest website boasts they trow more foam at you than a pack of toddlers in a bubble bath.
With oversized dishwater soap suds floating across the grass, it looks clean. Yet, it’s anything but.
Beginning in February and wrapping up in December, Florida welcomes obstacle racing season. Our state’s warm temperatures allow event planners to get an early start on mud runs.
Most races last three miles and attract folks of all different backgrounds from weekend athletes at Warrior Dash to families at Foam Fest.
The popularity of road racing continues to grow, but there are different options to the races along the roads: obstacle racing.
Millennials are swarming to the obstacle races made popular by Tough Mudders and Spartan Races because they turn the idea of a normal, boring run on its head. Instead, the races are action packed and, albeit a little terrifying and somewhat dangerous, fun.
The marketing is working. Millennials are swarming to the event.
In an article for Outside, Renee Jacques wrote about why the race is popular among young Americans: “Every day we are faced with negativity, older generations telling us our future is bleak, prophesying our destinies like really mean fortune tellers … The Tough Mudder forces you to forget about your responsibilities and just live in the moment — without wanting to take a picture of it or write a status about it. I’m still not entirely sure what the challenge’s intangible lure is. It’s hard to put into exact words why it is so enjoyable.”
The SHAPE Diva Dash is expanding to 10 cities in 2013 to meet the increasing demand for women’s-only obstacle racing.
The series began as a single run in 2011, before expanding to four cities in 2012.
Now they’re looking at their biggest year yet as they expand to 10 cities in eight states and Washington, D.C. The series’ first race takes off this weekend in Atlanta, Georgia.
Nearly three hours after several hundred runners embarked around Henry Hagg Lake, Forest Grove native Russell Gober lumbered across the finish line.
He looked different than most of the 142 runners who finished before him in the 13th annual Hagg Lake Mud Run.
Unlike the others, the 46-year-old crossed the finish line with hardly a speck of mud across his white shirt and navy-blue shorts
To accommodate nearly 700 runners over two days, co-race director Todd Janssen said around 80 volunteers helped before, during and after the races.
Bluffton resident and developer Thomas Viljac began competing in mud run challenges 2 1/2 years ago in Georgia, Florida and New Jersey.
The Army veteran saw the Lowcountry as the perfect location to host one of the multi-mile runs that mixes aspects of a miltary-style obstacle course. The inaugural Face Your Fears Challenge will be Feb. 23 in Palmetto Bluff to benefit special operations forces in the military.
Participants have three courses to choose from.
The valor course is for experienced competitors — 10 miles with 25 obstacles.
The courage course is designed for the recreational athlete and is 3 miles with 16 obstacles.
The seal pups course is a quarter mile, with no obstacles, and is designed for children and families. At the finish line, participants receive dog tags.
Mud flies at ‘Mad Anthony’ run: Almost 200 souls take on military-inspired obstacle race (newsleader.com)
In the end, they were more smudgy than muddy. But, as participants in Saturday’s “Mad Anthony” race learned, a mud run needn’t be overly filthy to be fun.
Almost 200 runners did battle against a 4-mile course and its obstacles during the annual event at Coyner Springs Park.
To many people, simply thinking about trudging up multiple flights of steps is enough to make them break out in a sweat and look for the nearest elevator.
But for participants in Chattanooga Challenge — the city’s first “urbanathlon,” or obstacle-filled 10K — reaching the top floor of a downtown building the hard way will be just one of a dozen challenges they will face before the finish line.
The race, set for March 23 at Ross’s Landing, follows a course through downtown, Southside and along the Chattanooga Riverwalk. Along the way, participants will overcome obstacles ranging from the stair marathon and climbing over a See Rock City barn to wading through near-freezing water in the Penguin Plunge, a frigid contribution inspired by the Tennessee Aquarium.
Proceeds from the event, which is expected to draw more than 1,000 participants, will be funneled to the Chattanooga Times Free Press Foundation, a recently founded organization focusing on charitable community outreach.
The Pickens County 4-H 5K Mud Run will take place on April 13 at BJ Skelton Career Center, 1348 Griffin Mill Road in Easley.
Youth fun-run: 1K course with mini-obstacles for youth 12 and under.
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