The 411 on Obstacle Course Racing

18 Aug


Obstacle Course Races are growing faster than any other sport. According to the Outdoor Recreation Participation Topline Report 2014, there was a 30 percent increase in registration for obstacle races over the past 3 years, with 2.21 million racers in 2013. Racers include every nationality, every body type and people of all ages. You can find a race any given weekend in cities throughout the US. In fact, the most popular obstacle course races known as the Spartan race, signed a deal with NBC Sports. If you thought American Ninja Warrior was hot, you’ll definitely want to watch the Spartan races on NBC Sports.

Many of you have probably heard about mud runs, warrior dashes, Tough Mudder, Spartan race, or the zombie runs from a friend or the Internet. Each race differs but mud, running, and obstacles is often the common theme in each of these races. The races vary in length. Some races are as short as a 5k while other races go as long as 26 miles. Some races are now beginning to offer cash awards which has attracted competitors from all over the world!

For beginners, I recommend starting with a Spartan Sprint which can be anywhere from 3-5 miles with 15-20 obstacles. For every obstacle you can’t successfully complete, you have to do 30 burpees so it’s smart to practice and train before doing a race. If you’ve completed a Sprint or several obstacle races, a Spartan Super is a great option. The difficulty depends on the location. The races that are on ski slopes are often more challenging than those in stadiums.

So you’ve probably heard about the controversial electric shock therapy and this is unique to the Tough Mudder races so you won’t see this in other obstacles races. Some obstacle races may also have water which may require some swimming skills. If you are not a swimmer, check the website for the race to see if swimming will be part of the race. There are also tons of obstacle racing groups on Facebook that serve as a good resource on information for each race.

Training for races can make you much more successful and this week’s blog will include several resources in your area and online. So make sure to check back tomorrow. In the meantime, I have some fun stuff to announce:

Every day this week, one person will be awarded a prize! The prizes include KIND bars, an obstacle training workout, a fitness DVD, a fitness CD, nutritional counseling, one free Spartan race, and even more exciting,

ONE of my readers can win a getaway Spartan Race Cruise for 2 out of Miami to the Bahamas and free airfare by entering at
Spartan cruise

So what are you waiting for, go ahead and enter to win your trip for 2 including airfare and a cruise out of Miami! If you win and need someone to join you, just send me an email. My bags are packed and ready!

And because you are all winners, sign up to do a Spartan with my discount code: SPARTANBLOGGER

In Health and Happiness,

Madeline Dolente

3 Responses to “The 411 on Obstacle Course Racing”

  1. Scott Dean August 18, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    Hey Madeline!

    It has been a while since we last spoke so I hope that you are doing well. I wanted to touch base with you regarding a few ideas that I had. Is there a time that we could hop on a quick call this week or grab a cup of coffee to discuss?


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    From: MadelineMadfitness <> Reply-To: MadelineMadfitness <> Date: Monday, August 18, 2014 at 9:21 AM To: Drew Loesch <> Subject: [New post] The 411 on Obstacle Course Racing

    mdolente posted: ” Obstacle Course Races are growing faster than any other sport. According to the Outdoor Recreation Participation Topline Report 2014, there was a 30 percent increase in registration for obstacle races over the past 3 years, with 2.21 million racers in”

  2. Jason Rulo August 18, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    Great article Madeline! 🙂 I shared, retweeted and passed it along!

    FYI, I’m sure you saw it already but here is the video from you DC race.

    I hope your day is going well!


  3. Dov Goldstein August 18, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

    I loved your article, i thought it was very well written. Good explanation of the OCR world and yes the growth in this industry is amazing. My goal is to complete 18+ races this year including earning my first Trifecta and try for the Double Trifecta on the Ohio Trifecta weekend. Whats exciting to see in the industry is that there are so many local races that would appeal to the novice OCR racer and up – just in this area alone the Mud Dog in Frederick, MD, & Running Dirty in Frederick and Northern Virginia and many others are very good as well. I am very excited to see the direction things are going in with the Spartan Race Series being televised…. and what they do to include families and encourage being active as a family… Great things..
    Thank you,
    Dov Goldstein

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