International Obstacle Racing News

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Mud Running’s Biggest Hurdle

Will leaping fiery hay bales amount to nothing more than an adrenaline-fueled fad? Or could it one day become an Olympic sport? That all depends on what comes next. Obstacle course racing has seen explosive growth since 2010. Participation has soared by an estimated 4,000 percent since 2009, and race organizers have made millions on the events...

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News From Abroad – The Suffering, UK

Troy and Lauren Small are currently hooning all around Europe for a few months, and have promised to hit a few obstacle races on the other side of the planet to see how they stack up against the ones found in the colony.  On the weekend just gone they hit…   The Suffering… A name...

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Gyms Add More Obstacles to Fitness Training

Steven Beckwith was desperate. A friend had convinced him to sign up for aSpartan Beast, a notoriously tough obstacle course race stretching more than 12 miles, and he knew lifting weights and running on a treadmill at his regular gym wouldn’t prepare him to, say, spider-man across the flat face of a wall or climb...

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Tough Mudder Diver in Critical Condition

Rescue professional saved by a firefighter at “Walk the Plank,” an obstacle implicated in the 2013 death of a Tough Mudder participant. A rescue diver is in critical condition after being pulled Saturday from a “Walk the Plank” obstacle at a Tough Mudder in Mansfield, Ohio. Cleveland’s WKYC.com reports that Bret Buike, a former firefighter who was participating...

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New Tough Mudder Obstacles

Tough Mudder, the endurance “race” series based off of military obstacle courses, has put more than 1.3 million people through the many gauntlets it has designed. Storied speed bumps such as Arctic Enema, Electroshock Therapy, and Everest all require the utmost fitness, cunning, and toughness to tackle. In an effort to constantly shake things up for its participants, Tough...

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The latest obstacle in obstacle racing is bloody diarrhea

The 1.5 million people who take part in obstacle races every year are ready for bumps, scrapes and bruises as they crawl through mud bogs, climb walls and wade through standing water. But no one signs up for a Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash or Spartan Race expecting to spend the next week plagued by fever...

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Tough Mudder Sued

Sengupta family claims wrongful death Almost a year to the day after Avishek Sengupta’s death at the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Tough Mudder, his mother filed suit against the company, which grossed approximately $100 million last year. The suit comes after five months of mediation failed to produce a settlement between the Sengupta estate and the co-defendants, which...

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United States Obstacle Course Racing Launches as Official Sanctioning Body for Burgeoning Sport

ATLANTA (January 7, 2014)—United States Obstacle Course Racing today announced its plan to serve as the official sanctioning body for the sport of obstacle course racing in the United States. As the sport continues to grow, USOCR will ensure that uniform safety procedures are implemented and industry-specific insurance solutions are developed for sanctioned events. USOCR...

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Warrior Dash To Host World Championship With $100,000 Prize Purse

The World’s Largest Obstacle Race Series to Deliver Highest Cash Prize Total in 5K Race History The inaugural Warrior Dash World Championship is a worldwide 5K obstacle race where top finishers will take home the ultimate bragging rights and thousands of dollars worth of prize money. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Yolo...

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Appetite for obstacle course racing shows no signs of waning in 2014

TORONTO – They’re long and gruelling, often leaving people caked in mud, drenched and weary — and thousands are registering to take part. Obstacle course races are proving to be more than a flash-in-the-pan fitness fad. The popular endurance events are appealing to both novices and seasoned enthusiasts who navigate through rigorous challenges on their...

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