As the thread title suggests, usually these events are 5K or longer trail races that incorporate a dozen or more physical obstacles laced throughout the course. Think FULL METAL JACKET or OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN; quite a few of these races are designed by former military personnel so often borrow similar obstacles. Many obstacles jerk you out of your comfort zone (claustrophobia, barbed wire, heights, mud, water).
If anyone has run these in the past, feel free to post tips, pics, stories, or progress reports here. I'm just getting into this world and really love it so far.
Last year I got off my ass and started exercising, hitting the gym, and going to boot camp fitness classes. This year to avoid plateauing my New Year's resolution was to participate in three "adventure" style races in 2012. Like the crossfit explosion, these adventure/obstacle races are cropping up all over the country
These races are also more social in that they are usually capped by an optional outdoor party post-race - a festival atmosphere with beer, food, live music, and usually the option to camp out in the area with the participants.
Last weekend I completed my first race of this type, and had a blast.
RUN FOR YOUR LIVES is a zombie-themed 5K obstacle race. So in addition to running through mud and in forest and over/under obstacles, you wear a flag-football harness with three "health" flags. Other participants registered as "zombies" lurch along the trails, trying to grab your flags. If you lose all your flags, you are "dead." The survival rate for the entire weekend was only 20%.
The event took place in Amesbury, MA (at the old ski slope), and 7200 people participated over the two days in heats of 250-300 every half-hour. This race was light on physical obstacles - but that was counteracted by the hundreds of zombies on the course that caused a lot of zig-zagging routes, adding time and effort.
Running on terrain - mud, uneven ground, and especially hills - after exclusive treadmill training really is a sea change. My biggest "tweak" for future races (including a Spartan Race next month) is to increase my cardio endurance.
Edited by Trlicek's Whip, 10 May 2012 - 04:12 PM.