Obstacle course races have become a seemingly permanent fixture in the outdoors scene. An estimated two million people in 2013 will pay good money to slosh through mud and crawl under barbed wire. If you haven’t ever tried one before, this figure might leave you scratching your head at the fools and their money. But the personal challenge, the fun atmosphere and the uniqueness of each race have many people throughout the country hooked.
Arkansas mud-lovers will have at least six races to choose from in 2013, possibly more as race directors continue to finalize dates. Check out the calendar of Mud Runs in Arkansas for an up-to-date list of events. The season kicks off with the locally organized Hillbilly Pork Chop Roundup. Whereas so many other obstacle course races use the same old muddy/dirty theme, the Hillbilly Pork Chop Roundup breathes some creativity into the typical mud run and adds some local flavor. The obstacles all have a hillbilly theme (ie: Pig Feed Bag Carry) and prizes are given to the racers that collect the most rubber pigs that are scattered along the course. Out of the 300-plus mud runs that will happen this year, Pork Chop Roundup is the only one with this added challenge of tackling obstacles with full hands. Kudos for the creativity!
Arkansas will also host two of the most popular national race series. The Warrior Dash will return to Little Rock in 2013 stocked with fuzzy warrior helmets and giant turkey legs for the thousands of participants they expect. Dirty Girl will also make their debut in Little Rock this year for those ladies who would prefer to race without the guys around.
All of these races are quite beginner friendly, and are about 5k in length, though the Pork Chop roundup does have a 10k option. Most people run or jog through a mud run, but you definitely won’t be alone if you want to walk the course. And if you get to an obstacle you don’t want to do, you can just go around it. Endurance-lovers looking for a bigger challenge can look north of the border towards Missouri where there will be two Tough Mudders in 2013. A Tough Mudder is 10-12 miles long and is known for having some of the most challenging obstacles of all.
So whether you want to round up some pigs or gnaw on a warrior turkey leg, the Arkansas mud race calendar won’t disappoint. Go out and get muddy!