Whether you are a beginner to exercise or have been doing it for years, it is hard to ignore the new breed of outdoor events that have been growing steadily over the past few years.
Boot Camps made a fashionable entrance in the early 2000’s, and now we are seeing multiple varieties of themed races and events. Some of the more popular events you may well have heard of include Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, and Survival Of The Fittest.
Everyone should experience at least one event in their lifetime. Make it a goal this year to get a group of friends together, choose one, and complete it. Memories for years!
There are so many to choose from now, it is hard to select which ones to tell you about. I will pick one for those starting out, one for those wanting a bit more of a challenge, and one for the those looking to really crack a mental and physical challenge.
Colour Me Rad
I first came across Colour Me Rad last year and it really caught my eye. Not just because of the bright colours, but because of the simplicity yet originality of it.
It is an event only 5K (about 3 miles) in distance making it the perfect choice for those who don’t like running too far or those who are starting out and building on their fitness. You don’t even have to run, you can walk it if you like.
Basically you start the event with a white t-shirt and as you work your way through the course, you will be coated in a variety of bright colours through colour bombs, colour cannons and mortars.
Definitely an event that should be done as a team or a family. It is all light hearted and great for a laugh.
Probably one of the biggest names in obstacle races is Tough Mudder. Although anyone can register, you would be stupid not to do any training towards it. It is approximately 10-12 miles (almost a half marathon), and contains around 20 obstacles. My advice would be that you should be at least training towards a 10K distance. Some upper body strength would be beneficial for the obstacles you need to hold onto. Find a pull-up bar and hold onto to it for as long as you can!
Obstacles vary from freezing cold water (very memorable for me), to monkey bars, to electric wires. There are so many, you need to go check them out for yourself. Any of the obstacles can be missed out, but do you really want to chicken out? You are there to challenge yourself after all.
Although it can be done by individuals, I wouldn’t really recommend it. The fun is experiencing this as a group. If you want a challenge that you will remember for years, I would highly recommend it.
Check out Spartan Race if you want more individual challenge
Now just reading about this one is enough to raise my heartrate. First of all, it is hosted in January/February (winter). Event distance of 15km isn’t too bad, but expect over 200 obstacles.
Tough Guy is cited as the original obstacle event, and each year more obstacles are added to the course.
Expect a massive mental as well as physical challenge here. Maybe you should just watch the video on their website, I dare you.
There are plenty more events to choose from, some more fun, some more mentally challenging.
See MuddyRace for an extensive list of the events in the UK this year.