Rugged Maniac brings OCR to Mt. Pleasant, SC and debuts new obstacles.
Rugged Maniac launched it's 2018 season as it has in years past in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. This year it landed on St. Patrick’s Day, which made the free beer at the end seem even better and colder. The venue was the same at historic Boone Hall Plantation. The course winds through well-used paths that the plantation uses year round for things like tours and haunted hay rides.
The first question I asked BoneFrog founder Brian Carney this year was “why the switch to North Carolina”? His response: “We looked at the demographics and saw that the majority of runners at the South Carolina event came from the North Carolina/Charlotte area, so it made sense to bring the race to the runners”. Fair enough!
The world needs more obstacle course races, lots more. The world would be a better place. More OCR’s means more people off the couch each weekend – helping each other, making friends, challenging themselves, and being healthier. Charles Bailey shares my opinion and has decided to do something about it by starting his own OCR in the Raleigh, NC area in the spring of 2017.
The Bonefrog Challenge made its long-awaited debut in the South this Saturday at Carolina Adventure World (CAW) in Winnsboro, SC. CAW has hosted other races on the OCR scene such as Spartan and BattleFrog for several years, and Bonefrog is a welcome addition to the area. The more OCR’s, the better!
The Quarry Crusher Run is in its 5th year? Why haven’t I run this before? The Quarry Crusher Run Series is held in 4 states (SC, GA, AL, MD). The SC run was held at the Vulcan Materials Company Quarry in Columbia. The race started a few city blocks from the quarry. Once you hit the quarry you went down into the quarry all the way to the bottom (they’re still digging!) and then painfully all the way back up. The out and back course averaged a 10% grade over about 3.7 miles.
Velocity Air Sports opened in Charleston in July 2015. Velocity is primarily a kid paradise with over 60 trampoline areas with dodgeball, basketball, foam pits and fun galore. But… tucked into the back of the 40,000 square foot facility is an American Ninja Warrior (ANW) style gym that is a training grounds to Charleston, SC American Ninja Warriors such as Kyle Johnson.
Rugged Maniac kicked off its 2016 season with about 5,000 participants in South Carolina on Saturday. It was a beautiful day in the low 70’s – about 30 degrees warmer than last year! The venue, historic Boone Hall Farms, was the same but the event had a distinctly different feel this year compared with the previous four years I’ve run this course. The new vibe this year wasn’t just on the course, but off the course as well.
In case the title of this article has you scratching your head thinking “how can clawing through mud and climbing ropes help change the world?” I’m glad I’ve got your attention. Obstacle Course Races (OCR’s), and their 2nd cousin the mud run, have many benefits to the individual and the community. Expanded outside of the local community – OCR really can change the world. Read on to find out how two simple concepts embodied by the sport of OCR can truly have a global impact and change the world.
Spartan made its first appearance in the Asheville area in Black Mountain, NC today using The Grove Sand & Stone Company as its location. There was plenty of parking relatively close to the start line and the festival area was also nicely spread out on this beautiful property. The scenery was amazing.