I’ve been wanting to do a mud run similar to the type of race they do in Camp Pendleton (tons of dirt, obstacle course and usually a small team sign up) and have noticed that a lot of new ones have sprung up in Southern California. Now this is definitely a racing trend band wagon I will gladly jump right on top of. The only question is – which race should I do? Check these out:
Spartan Race (February 26, 2011) 2nd Spartan Race happening in SoCal 5k trail obstacle course. This course had a cheering section at the HALFWAY POINT for extra torture.
Down and Dirty National Mud Run Series (April 16, 2011) 10k trail race with military obstacles. *Also the first NIGHT mud run in the country!
Irvine Lake Mud Run (April 10, 2011) 5K trail race with 8 obstacles.
Warrior Dash (April 2, 3 2011) 5K mud race with obstacles.
Muddy Buddy (November 6, 2011) from the Competitor peeps, two person teams, one bike portion and trail run.
Tough Mudder (May 28, 29 2011) Mud and obstacle ridden course with design help from some members of the British Special Air Service.
Camp Pendleton Mud Run (June 4, 5, 11 2011 – SOLD OUT) the original gangsta of mud runs in Southern California. 10k obstacle run with mud walls, tunnel crawls and pit. Race alone or on team of 5.
Eco Mud Run Tour (Last race was on August 21, 2010) 5K trail race. Tire obstacles, walls, net crawl throughs.
At the moment, I’m leaning towards the Muddy Buddy (just need to find a buddy… oh and a bike). That’s only because April is not the best month for racing for me with my current race schedule. From the looks of it, April is definitely a good season for mud in L.A. (who knew?)