Miles of marathon bore you? Running seem like pounding boring pavement? Perhaps you are in need of some proper adventure racing. Seriously, some folks have no desire to run a race for 5 or 50 miles. Sometimes a race that runs outsides the lines is what people need to get motivated and interested. I have noticed more and more magazines, websites, etc. talking about unique adventure races. A few that are totally ticking my running fancy:
– Muddy Buddy: No, not the nom nom powered-sugar-chocolate covered Chex Mix you’re use to, this race is where you can play in the dirt again, literally. Bring on the mud wrastlin’! Columbia’s Muddy Buddy pairs you in teams of two “traverse a 6-7 mile off-road course and 5 obstacles.” Little running, little bike riding, and a big Mud Pit at the finish line. Can I please tell you how peesed off I am that I missed this race in Georgia, bummer!
– Men’s Health Urbanathlon: Talk about taking it to the streets. “The Men’s Health URBANATHLON™ is a one-of-a-kind competition that combines traditional road race elements with rigorous obstacles and sets them against a backdrop of iconic city landmarks.” Like GUTS for adults.
– Chicago L.A.T.E. Ride:This 25-mile ride through Chicago’s neighborhoods and along the lakefront takes place at midnight and will wrap you around the city until around 2AM for a serious after party. Again, Chicago is such a fantastic city!
– The 24 Hours of Moab: Talk about needing a good pair of biking shorts. Outside Magazine has a sick training schedule you can follow along for torture. “A 24-hour race combines the adventure of a camping excursion, the athleticism of a bike race, the group bonding of a road trip, and the stamina of a rave. It’s Burning Man with timing chips…Over the past 15 years, 24 Hours of Moab has evolved into a 3,500-plus-person bacchanalia of aerobic suffering, technical riding, and beer tents.”
What’s truly fantastic about these races is that you’re getting city locals and outsiders excited about healthy athletic competition. I would love to grab my pals and sign us all up, ahhh that elusive lottery.
In other news, alas another morning running stairs. I keep telling myself my a** will thank me later. The stairs up Mount Royal in Montreal had a way better view.
Who doesn’t like a little friendly competition? Now I know some of y’all are signed up or have participated in these races, let me know what you think. And what other amazing races can I add to the list?!