Rebel Race is Not Ready for Prime Time

When it comes to mud races, the event is about a lot more than how tough or messy the obstacles are or how much fun it looks like people are having in the pictures posted on the event’s website. The Rebel Race is a relative newcomer to the world of obstacle and mud run events – they’ve only been operating since 2011 – and they’re a great example of how bad execution can … [Read more...]

Merrell Getting Down and Dirty

When it comes to mud runs, muck is the only given; the need for muscle, not so much. There are plenty of mud runs and obstacle courses that are truly extreme events, designed to make contestants dig deep and call on reserves of strength built from hours in the gym. Some require miles of roadwork to build up endurance, or a good understanding of teamwork as well as inner … [Read more...]

Spartan Death Race – Extreme Is Not Enough

There is a certain amount of hype and bravado that goes into almost all of the extreme mud races and obstacle courses. Whether it’s coming from the event organizers themselves or those who have actually survived the ordeal, most people considering signing up for this type of race automatically discount at least a fraction of what they’re being told as just so much spin and head … [Read more...]

GoRuck Challenge – Promoting a Bag or Building a Team?

When you first hear about the GoRuck Challenge you can’t help but think that it sounds like shameless self-promotion with a bit of revenue generation thrown in – an extreme workout that you pay $120 to participate in, all for the right to test out a bag and earn a patch if you complete it? Really? But a closer look reveals that this is no sales gimmick, and that patch, once … [Read more...]

New Kid on the block – Look at Civilian Military Combine

In our Prius-driven, Labradoodle-walking, multi-tasking world, the idea of a hybrid of anything has almost become the norm. It’s like we’re constantly on the lookout for a new way to combine two familiar things and create something entirely different and better. So it comes as no surprise that when the organizers of the Civilian Military Combine wanted to come up with the … [Read more...]