10 Reasons To Try A Mud Run

By: Emily Asciutto | emily.asciutto@activecities.com

Mud Runs have become increasingly popular among athletes, thrill seekers, and even the average joe. Races like the Tough Mudder and the Spartan Race are filled with challenging obstacles that test your fitness levels along with your mental toughness. At first glance, these courses might seem daunting and too difficult to try. But, one of the best things about these races is nearly every obstacle is in the mud, adding an element of fun throughout the entire experience. Here are 10 reasons why you should definitely sign up for a mud run, if you haven’t already!


1. THE COURSE WILL TEST YOUR STRENGTH & ABILITITES

Mud races are not meant to be easy! They are filled with challenging obstacles spread out over miles of land. These courses are usually hilly and on uneven terrain. It’s a great way to test your fitness limits, as you climb, run, jump, and tackle each obstacle.


2. IT’LL GIVE YOU SOMETHING TO TRAIN FOR

Like any race, signing up is great motivation to get you moving. The upcoming date will give you something to work for. You don’t have to be in the best shape to do a mud run, but it definitely makes it easier.


3. IT’S GREAT FOR BUILDING COMRADERY

Many people complete these races as a team. For a lot of the obstacles, you need your friends to help you get through it. Doing a mud race is a great way to build camaraderie. You can also get clever with your team and dress up in costumes.


4. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT TIME YOU FINISH

These races are not about what time you finish in, it’s about the experience. You are able to take your time to enjoy each obstacle and playing in the mud. What makes these races so great is everyone that finishes is a winner.


5. IT’LL BOOST YOUR ATHLETIC CONFIDENCE

If you can do this, you can do anything! After completing the race, you’ll have such a sense of accomplishment and feel so empowered that you might just sign up another one.


6. UM… YOU GET TO PLAY IN THE MUD

Mud Runs bring out your inner child. It’s a way to get down and dirty while sliding, jumping and splashing around in mud. Plus your parents won’t get mad for the mess.


7. IT’S A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE THAT WILL GIVE YOU LASTING MEMORIES

Completing a mud race is definitely a one of a kind experience, that will leave with you a bank of memories to share with friends and family.


8. IT’LL FORCE YOU TO FACE YOUR FEARS, AND CONQUER THEM

Some races have obstacles that include fire, or swimming through ice or even electric shock. Every obstacle is meant to test your fears and mental strength, challenging you to push through it. In the end, you will feel that you achieved something you never thought of doing.


9. YOU’LL LEAVE WITH SOME COOL SWAG & BRAGGING RIGHTS

You are part of the elite after completely a race, so wear that headband proudly, especially if you have more than one.


10. IT’S FUN!

Mud runs and obstacle races will test your limits for sure. But guaranteed, you’ll have a blast doing it!