Obstacle courses are a great way to challenge yourself both mentally and physically. They test your endurance, strength, and grit, so it’s no wonder there’s so many to choose from.

Deciding what course best fits your interests can be a challenge in itself, so here’s a list compiled of the top 5 best options with a little insight to help!

Warrior Dash

This race is perfect for obstacle course first-timers. It’s a 5K mud race with 10 obstacles, but you can skip whichever challenges you aren’t up for. Everybody receives a medal, but if you skip an obstacle, you miss out on any possible awards. Also, this race has the best after race bonus, you’ll be covered from head to toe in mud, but you had an absolute blast with a big group of your friends. Score!

Tough Mudder

This course is called tough for good reason. There’s over 25 obstacles and 10-12 miles to cover, this is not for the faint of heart or those who skip cardio. You’ll face obstacles like the Arctic Enema, Electroshock Therapy, Funky Monkey, and Everest. Be sure to get your laps in because you’ll be swimming across an ice filled pool dodging aquatic obstacles while trying not to freeze. Plus, your final obstacle involves hanging near live wire which you have to dodge or risk getting zapped with up to 10,000 volts. This is not for the novice, but it will totally challenge your mental endurance.

Spartan Race

All Spartan Races are not created equal. There’s the little guys at 1 mile and the huge challenges that are as long as a marathon, so be sure to choose wisely. Not only will this test your body, but it will also test your mental GPS because you have no map! The challenges here are inspired by American Gladiators and Navy Seal training, so there’s no easy way through the course. You’ll face challenges involving everything from fire to barbed wire, so be prepared!

CMC: Civilian Military Combine

This is a two-part challenge that starts with “The Pit” and finishes with a 5-7 mile race. “The Pit” portion involves what you might see during your local Crossfit workout for the day: a push press, kettlebell swings, and jump-over burpee box jumps. The race portion includes 27 military inspired challenges, so you’ll be tired after this one, if you can finish it!

GORUCK Challenge

This is a unique type of course and you complete the challenge as a team. “Rucking” is social fitness and the challenges can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. DAY’S? These events are more about teamwork and less about competition. You’ll be led by Special Operations Cadres while learning useful lessons about leadership and teamwork. This is a great challenge for a group, but be prepared for the unexpected, and to be there for a while.

Obstacle Course Race’s can be a lot of fun and a great way to meet people…If you can handle the actual CHALLENGE part!

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