The review below was written by wife, Marisol. I dragged her into participating in the Urban Raid, and thankfully she doesn’t regret it :). You can click here to read my review on Mud and Adventure.
Loud cheers….fun costumes…..smiles all around….music…..It was almost enough to calm whatever nerves I had about doing it. I had signed up for Urban Raid Boston on a whim, and I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say I may have been coerced into signing up. But I decided to show up bright and early at 8 am on a Saturday morning, and see what all the fuss was about.
Urban Raid Boston is a 5K obstacle race with ten obstacles interspersed throughout. The course is created in the heart of Boston, starting at City Hall, and leading its “raiders” through Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, and the waterfront.
There is a fair amount of running before you hit the first obstacle, which are several (felt like 30, but an accurate count was probably more like 15-20), of about 2 feet high hurdles that you had to jump over. By this point, you’re definitely feeling the sun (it was a lovely, sunny almost 80 degree day in Boston), and are grateful for having successfully completed the first obstacle.
After more running, the next obstacle was a series of about 4 foot high wall hurdles that were more challenging than the first obstacle. By this point, you’ve taken a winding path that has led you to the Quincy Market area.
Once you make it to the waterfront, there are a few more obstacles that continue to challenge even the most fit athlete. Here you’ll find some more wall hurdles, and then monkey bars.
Once you’ve attempted these obstacles, you circle around and head back to Quincy Market. Here you’ll find some rope-climbing that leads you to an elevated platform, which proved to be a challenge for many participants. This particular obstacle had several ropes with knots at regular intervals which helped make the obstacle more manageable. Even so, many struggled and attempted the back-up obstacle which was a rope ladder that leads to the same elevated platform. If you made it to the elevated platform, then you climb down a slanted wall by holding onto a rope.
You then encounter tires that you flip over which is arguably one of the easier challenges. As you approach City Hall, there is the exhilarating and reassuring feeling that you’re close to successfully completing the race.
But not so fast…You have yet to master the cargo net that drapes part of City Hall. And then shortly thereafter, the slacklining obstacle, which is about a foot off the ground, so not a terrible experience if you fall off.
And for the final obstacle, you have a rock-climbing experience over a wall that’s about 8-10 feet tall. Last but not least, there’s the exhilaration of crossing over the finish line.
Despite my initial hesitation, the first thing I said when I finished the race was “when can we do the next one?”
I didn’t prepare much for this race, nothing more than my usual running routine a few times per week. Some of the obstacles definitely challenged me, and I had to run around them. Others definitely felt doable.
If you’re on the fence about doing this or another obstacle race, it’s worth taking a risk. You might be surprised by what you can accomplish. And for those obstacles that can’t complete, there’s always a next race!
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