Pick Your Battle: Tough Mudder

Choosing the right obstacle race for you

Aug 1, 2013
Outside Magazine
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Participants run in the Tough Mudder event in Englishtown, NJ. The SAS (Special Air Service - British Special Forces) designed course consists of a 12 mile run as well as 20 obstacles and water crossings to contend with.    Photo: Jack Megaw

Tagline: Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet

What It Is: Tough Mudder is world’s most popular hazing ritual, stretched over a 10-to-12-mile course with 20-plus obstacles.

Defining Trait: Teamwork. You’ll need it to conquer obstacles like Everest, a greased-up, 15-foot quarterpipe that you run up and over.

Why You’ll Love It: By finishing, you’ll earn an orange headband, a free Dos Equis, and bragging rights for the year.

Timed: No

Similar: Camp Pendleton World Famous Mud Run (from $90); Savage Race (from $59)

Price: From $95