In case you haven’t encountered these crazies yet, there’s a new field of racing called obstacle course races. Similar to mud runs because, well, you get muddy, but way, way harder. The shortest race, a “sprint”, is 3+ miles and has over a dozen obstacles (like 6′ wooden walls, climbing nets, carrying a cinder block up a hill, spear throws, etc.) Check out SpartanRace.com for videos and Wikipedia for a description. The race I’d committed to was 5 miles straight up a mountain (a ski slope), through rocky trails and ravens and of course, climbing under barbed wire on rocky ground while being sprayed with a giant hose. My idea of a fun Saturday morning?
I did know at the finish line. And maybe this time I’ll remember– because I’m going to register for next year’s race right now