Just the other week, I started seeing some new ads coming up on some of the pages I visit. Intrigued by the name and location on the ad, I clicked on it only to find it was yet another incarnation of some type of mud run or obstacle course type event.
The race that appeared in the ads was the Mud Dog Run and there is one near my hometown of Deep Creek Lake. Being the dog lover that I am, I thought maybe it was actual trail run that you can do with your dogs where you get all muddy - like the Dirty Dog 15K. Nope, looks like Mud Dog Run is just another event that looks like it has manufactured mud.
- Running road and trail races has turned me into a running snob
- I'm old and boring and have no idea how to have a good time
- I'm too weak and therefore afraid of these events.
Half of these events aren't really related to running since they are more focused on the obstacles. I get that. I see the appeal and why they are marketed to the masses. The races are marketing to a new breed of weekend warrior type individuals which I suppose is a good thing. It gets the US population moving. I'm all for that.
However, my thought is if I wanted to participate in some hard core event, I'd pick something a bit more...umm...natural? One where the challenges weren't travelling around the country packed up in semi-trucks waiting for the next stop to set up, execute and tear down. Isn't that more like and arena rock show concert? Wait...half the time, that's what these are, I forgot.
What seems challenging and natural to me? Maybe SavageMan for those into triathlons (I have no interest in triathlons though), Megatransect for a trail event or really any trail event of any distance depending on your ability. The list could go on and on, it just takes a little research.
I'm not necessarily opposed to the 'series' aspect. I posted the giveaway for The North Face Endurance Challenge because I actually felt I would like the race. I'm not a complete sell out. The mud there would be real.
Case #2 - I have no idea how to have a good time.
I will admit that I'm a little boring. I like routines and schedules and am a homebody through and through. I'm certainly not the life of the party. So, maybe these events just aren't my scene. However, I do not have anything against people who want to wear costumes and have a good time. They can still kick ass. When I signed up for Ragnar PA last year, I was pretty sure it wasn't really my thing. But, doing it as an ultra still sounded like a challenge and I embraced the idea and went with it. It was a challenge and I had a good time. At the same time, it ended up still feeling too commercial for me so I doubt I'd do another one.
Case #3 - I am a weakling who would fail at one of these events and am therefore frightened.
I'm a whopping 5 feet tall. I don't exactly have killer upper body strength. But, I'll still be ballsy enough to say I think I'd be able to complete one of these and I don't think it would be the hardest event I've ever tackled.
Obviously I've never participated in any of these races. However, the flashy websites, built in online stores filled random products and videos claiming the hardcore status turns me off. Money making enterprises marketing to the masses generally turns me off. Warrior Dash, Spartan Race, Tough Mudder
Dirty Dash, Ultimate Mud Run, Mud Warrior...I'm pretty sure the list could go on and on because they seem endless and that's the list I came up with in a 3 minute search.
What are your thoughts, yay or nay to the mud runs? Want to convince me to change my opinion?