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Top U.S. obstacle races drew nearly 55,000 in November

5 Dec 2011

The Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, Warrior Dash, Rugged Maniac, and Ruckus all combined to attract an estimated 55,000 in November.



Breakdown by Brand
Tough Mudder = 35,000
Warrior Dash = 10,518
Spartan Sprint = 4,000
Ruckus = 3,000
Rugged Maniac = 2,000

November Weekly Tallies
11.21: 29,518
11.14: 20,000
11.7: 5,000

With the season winding down, the Warrior Dash held their last event for 2011 in Florida, where as many as 8,500 attended. Race results show approximately 7,150 finishers.

The Tough Mudder also hit Florida for their last event of the year before the World’s Toughest Mudder on December 17 & 18. An estimated 14,000 were in attendance.

Super Spartan – Texas challenged roughly 4,050 finishers.

 

Popularity
Popularity indicators as of Monday, November 28 & December 5.

Tough Mudder
FB Fans:
1,279,554 (Dec 5)
1,244,197 (Nov 28)
Twitter Followers:
21,536 (Dec 5)
20,930 (Nov 28)

Warrior Dash
FB Fans:
736,186 (Dec 5)
734,038 (Nov 28)
Twitter Followers:
17,247 (Dec 5)
17,105 (Nov 28)

Spartan Race
FB Fans:
673,274 (Dec 5)
666,235 (Nov 28)
Twitter Followers:
13,938 (Dec 5)
13,061 (Nov 28)

Rugged Maniac
FB Fans:
82,210 (Dec 5)
81,023 (Nov 28)
Twitter Followers:
584 (Dec 5)
578 (Nov 28)

Metro Dash
FB Fans:
67,196 (Dec 5)
66,181 (Nov 28)
Twitter Followers:
555 (Dec 5)
542 (Nov 28)

 

News Highlights

Adventure races mix a dash of danger with fun runs (Tampa Bay Online)
The events [obstacle races] appeal to both athletes and pub crawlers looking for a little adventure…”For me, I will crawl to the finish line if that’s what it takes to be able to finish,” said Rebecca Boudreaux, who ran the Tough Mudder in Florida 2011. “We can all get hurt doing anything. But this is fun.”

Mud, Sweat & Beers (New York Post)
Andrew Teie, a 25-year-old Murray Hill resident, is filthy, sweaty and exhausted. He climbs over a wooden barricade almost twice his height…This isn’t boot camp — it’s the Rugged Maniac Mud Run…Incorporating elements of boot-camp workouts, mud runners tromp anywhere from 3 to 12 miles, swim through mud pits, climb over barricades and under barbed wire and might even jump through fire.

Running with the pack: Social fitworking (London Evening Standard)
Social sports like mud runs and are on the rise. Why? “Being part of a team gives people a strong sense of belonging,” enthuses Luke Mohr, founder of GO Mammoth, a social sports club. “It’s much more fun to share experiences with others – whether actually competing together on the playing field, chatting in the pub after the game, or posting photos on Facebook the following morning.”

Popular OCR venue in Michigan will host Metro Dash in 2012 (Flint Journal)
GENESEE COUNTY, Michigan — The county is shaping up as a leader in a new growth industry — extreme sports events. Registrations for the June 2, 2012, Metro Dash are capped at 600, but it’s possible a second day of races could be added if demand warrants it and said the new attraction will bring some first-time visitors here…The Warrior Dash injected an estimated $5 million into the local economy.

New obstacle race: Frozen Tundra (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Runners seeking new challenges have dashed through mud, fire and electric shocks. Frozen turf is next in the inaugural Tundra Challenge, a 3.5-mile race scheduled for Jan. 14, 2012, at the Mt. Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc (Wisconsin). The latest entry in the Mud Run/Warrior Dash genre boasts 15 obstacles reportedly designed by military experts. The short list includes a 205-foot hill climb, a 50-foot suicide slide, the Polar Pass and the Frozen Fairbanks.

These Haddonfield firefighters could run 26 miles to a fire (The South Jersey Sun)
To stay in shape for the call (and beyond), a pair of NJ firefighters take on physically strenuous challenges like the Tough Mudder, marathon, and others.

Exercise Improves Quality of Sleep by 65%
The impact of moderate exercise on sleep has been a popular topic in news media. Both the Huffington Post & USA Today covered a related study on exercise improving the quality of sleep. If you’re training hard for a race or other event, you’ll need some good quality z’s for recovery and repair. Here’s more:

Huffington Post: Getting your recommended weekly dose of exercise could do more than make you stronger and boost your heart health. A new study shows it can have benefits on your snooze quality, too. The study found that people who exercised at a moderate to vigorous level for at least 150 minutes a week had a 65 percent better sleep quality than people who exercised less.

USA Today: A new study suggests regular physical activity might encourage better shut-eye: People who met national exercise guidelines reported better sleep and less daytime fatigue than those who didn’t…They were also 68 percent less likely to report sometimes having leg cramps and 45 percent less likely to report having trouble concentrating while tired.

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