The mother of all adventure challenge series, Tough Mudder will take every ounce of drive from you and your fellow team members (participants usually join in groups of any size), with 10 to 12 grueling miles of obstacles designed by the British Special Forces.
How long will it take? More than three hours, on average, although only 78 percent of competitors finish.
What kind of obstacles are we talking about? There are dozens, but here are a few to expect: swimming through ice-filled water, climbing over haystacks, scaling 15-foot-tall wooden walls, crawling through tunnels, sprinting up a muddy cliff, passing through a tangled cargo net, leaping and crawling through mud pits and summiting “Everest,” a ramp coated in grease and mud.
Level with me—what’s the worst obstacle? They’re all pretty bad, but sprinting through a field of live wires tends to elicit the most panic. The good news is that participants are able to skip an obstacle without penalty.
How fit do I need to be? At the very least, you should be working out five or six days a week and comfortable running five miles. Tough Mudder offers its own training program to help, or you can join a boot camp on your own.
I still need convincing: Just training for it could get you in the best shape of your life. Plus, get a tattoo of the Tough Mudder logo prerace and you get free entry. Yay?
Raceway Park, 230 Pension Rd, Englishtown, NJ (toughmudder.com). Oct 12, 13 at 8am; $90–$180.