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Obstacle Course Races and Mud Runs by the Numbers

By Mud Runs (415 words)
Posted in Mud Run News on December 14, 2011

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The mud run season for all the major companies is winding down and planning for 2012 is in full swing for these giants.  Each mud race company has their own core demographic that they cater to, unique obstacle courses, and championship events.   Spartan race finished last weekend by holding their championship race, a Super Spartan, in TX.  A whopping $10,000 was awarded to the top male and female winner of the special cash heat.  Tough Mudder will be holding their Worlds Toughest Mudder in less than 2 weeks in NJ, also with a $10,000 cash prize.  Warrior Dash, Rugged Maniac, and Ruckus Run, do not have championship races for the end of the year.   All but 2 of these major mud race companies hold events in the US only; Spartan Race, the lone wolf on the international race circuit has races in Canada and the UK, and Warrior Dash has 1 race in Canada as well.  Tough Mudder is following suit in 2012 by offering races in the UK, Australia, and Canada, while Warrior Dash is coming to the UK, and stepping up their events in Canada also.

Let’s take a look back at some of the numbers these companies have boasted in the past year.

{#/pub/images/SpartanMudRaceWinner.jpg}Ruckus Run

5 events nationwide
8,000 finishers
Kid’s fun run
5k in length

Rugged Maniac

10 events nationwide
25,000 finishers
Chip Timed Run
5k in length

Spartan Race

27 events worldwide
130,000 finishers
Chip timed run with national rankings
Kid’s fun run
Championship race with cash purse
5k-14 mile (3 separate classes Sprint 5k, Super 8-10 miles, and Beast 12-14 mile)

Tough Mudder

17 events nationwide
102,000 finishers
Championship race with cash purse
8-12 miles in length

Warrior Dash

33 events worldwide
110,000 finishers
Chip timed run

Looking back we had big numbers by 3 of the mud running companies listed in both finishers and number of events.  Depending what you are looking for in an obstacle course race: large numbers of finishers, number of events, timed races, activities for the kids, or a good old party……there is something here for everyone!

Comments (3)

i-person posted on: January 25, 2012

More mud runs in PA would be GREAT! Please get more in PA, people around here seem to have a lot of interest, and are willing to do it, in groups even. It makes it tough however, when there are not events close enough.

Chris Majors posted on: February 10, 2012

I am working on a paper and it's on the topic of Mud Runs. Do you have any statistacal Data that you could give me to help accurately describe the clientel, total number of participants, local v. people who travel, etc.? Any information that you could give would be greatly appreciated. You have a great site!

Scott posted on: March 19, 2012

Rebel Race is hitting the tri-state area in April 2012. Don't miss it. Not too far from PA

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