Rugged Maniac obstacle races, mud run, and OCR information, distance, cost, dates, calendar, discounts, obstacles, reviews, and more
|Overview||“An Epic Day of Rugged Glory”, Nationwide locations|
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|Terrain||“Rugged Gauntlet of Glory” – You’ll figure it out!|
Looking for adventure? How about a day filled with 25 epic obstacles, a crazy party, and plenty of beer? Rugged Maniac Obstacle Race has you covered! Here's how it works: Sign up for the race and you'll run our 3-mile course where you'll climb towers of shipping containers, rocket down a 50′ water slide, bounce on trampolines, jump over fire, and more!
Before and after your run, you'll get to party with thousands of other maniacs in our day-long festival where you can ride mechanical bulls, pretend to be a kid in our adult bounce houses, and dance your butt off in the festival and enjoy lots of new games and activities. As if that wasn't awesome enough, you also get a high-quality t-shirt, an awesome medal, free professional race photos, and a beer (if of legal drinking age) with your registration!
Unlike the other guys, we don't nickel and dime you with ‘insurance' and ‘processing' fees that add $30 or more to your registration cost. You'll pay the price listed on the event page plus any tax required by the man. That's it. So what are you waiting for? Reserve your preferred start
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Had a blast!!! Well organized! Lots of obstacles and no waiting at each obstacle like other mud runs. Perfect amount of challenge. Cannot wait to do it again!!!!!!
Very well run event. Fun and challenging for the novice! Great time with our gym group with mixed fitness levels!
They finally have medals!!!
DIFFICULTY = Beginner
PARKING = B
Parking was onsite and there was a $10 charge. You park close to the festival area in the grass.
FESTIVAL = B
They had a DJ, vendors, food, and merchandise. Probably the best festival area to date for Rugged Maniac.
BAG CHECK = C
Bag check was secure and there was a fee.
STARTING LINE = B
They had a DJ to hype you up (he was good), 2 arches, 2 obstacles, and you went under the cargo net which ended the race. Instead of starting in an open area near a starting line, this felt like you were entering a corral or alley. They did not have the clock from previous years.
COURSE LAYOUT = A
Rugged Maniac has a great course layout of dirt, grass, wood, mud, gravel, hills, and man-made water. Their course is 3.2 miles of back to back obstacles (and obstacles are the reason why most people do races).
OBSTACLES = B
Rugged Maniac has 25 obstacles which are almost back to back for the entire length of the course. They have the average obstacles that you see at a race (walls, A frames, over/unders, weight carry, cargo net, tunnels, fire jump, mud hills) and some new ones (a giant inflatable rectangle with a rope on the side called Blobstacle, monkey rings, fox holes). Missing from the last 2 years was my favorite obstacle, the mud pit jumps.
Best Obstacle = Blobstacle
Worst Obstacle = Cage Crawl
WATER STATIONS = B
They had 2 water stations in 3.2 miles. The spacing for the stations was good. Water only, no food.
FINISH LINE = C
They had a great final obstacle (quarter pipe into water slide), an arch, and a crowd. Missing was the timer.
SHOWERING/CHANGING = B
They had showers set up and a changing tent.
SWAG = B
Finally, Rugged Maniac offers medals! The medals are large square medals that are black and red with the Rugged Man on it. Of course, you also get a tshirt.
Rugged Maniac is still one of the best races. This year’s race didn’t have as many obstacles and wasn’t as muddy as previous years but it’s still an awesome race for the 3.2 miles of back to back obstacles and still is one of the muddiest races I have done. They finally stepped it up and started offering medals. Rugged Maniac is constantly improving. They change up their course, their obstacles, and their terrain so each year is almost like a new race. Even though this is an easy race, I still love doing it. It’s the best race for a beginner, too.
A Good, Well-Organized Event
This was my first Rugged Maniac and I had a really good time.
Let's take it category-by-category:
Price: Compared to some of the other mud runs/obstacle races it was a bargain (and even more of a bargain with the early registration price AND the discount code I found on this site). I also really like that there were not a bunch of other costs such as insurance or "processing fees" which add 20% or more to the total (as there are for most events put on by other companies).
Registration: Simple. The online registration had a couple less steps than the competitors. My time is valuable, I appreciate that.
Reliability: Unlike the locally scheduled Atlas Race (which was canceled about a month beforeheand--something which is increasingly more common for these types of events), this one went forward as planned.
Parking: Not bad. Only $8 charge (make sure to bring cash) and plenty of spaces that weren't miles away.
Check-In: Only had two people in front of me and we were all processed quickly. Couldn't have been in line more than five minutes and the staff was very friendly.
Festival Area: I would give this category 5 stars. It wasn't huge but it was fun and most of the activities were free. This was a HUGE bonus given that we had two kids that needed to be kept occupied (with a friend of ours) while my wife and I were out on the course. The contests were actually pretty fun to watch and the music was good.
Race Organization: Despite having nearly 5000 racers, the waves went out right on time and had just enough people to keep the course well populated but not cause traffic jams at the obstacles. We never waited longer than a few minutes for any obstacle and had no wait at all for several of them.
Race Course/Obstacles: Was it the most challenging course? No. Was it fun? Yes. Most were pretty easy--but not so easy to be boring--and there were a couple that were a bit of a challenge (including the sloped wall at the end) and most all of them were fun. It was also nice to see 26 of them in a race of this length. The course was also pretty flat so the running should be manageable for most anyone.
Post-Race Swag: The t-shirt was kind of thin and cheap but the finisher medal was actually quite nice. There was a bit of a "bait and switch" with respect to the free beer (was promised a "premium" brand beer and got a Bud) but after conquering 26 obstacles and running for 5K, "cold and free" is nice regardless of the brand.
Overall: A fun, relatively inexpensive event that caters to a broad range of participants. If you are a hard core OC racer and go in expecting to be challenged, you will probably be disappointed. However, if you go in with the perspective of wanting to have a lot of fun while getting some exercise, you shouldn't be disappointed at all. This would also be a perfect entry-level event for someone interested in OC racing.
Well done, Rugged Maniac!
RM is an AWESOME Race - and it continues to add more obstacles and challenges every year! I have done numerous RM races around the East Coast, and Southwick has been a family favorite. And the reason I give it only 4 stars is because there needs to be MORE MUD at the Southwick venue !!
Always the best!
Once again, this race proved to be the perfect combination of challenging and rewarding! Same easy process to check in at the race, minimal (if any!) back ups at the obstacles, very friendly staff/volunteers. The new obstacles were awesome!! Trampolines, warp wall, bag carry among others added a new level to this event. Cant wait to do it again next year!!
This race is fun, fun, fun! A great race for all ability levels. Want to avoid a bunch of super intense, skin-head dudes? Then this is the race. The vibe was great, everyone had fun, and, most importantly, there were so many obstacles and they were all amazing.
First Time, Great Time!
It was my first time doing this type of a race. I found it to be very well organized. There was a great group of "Maniacs" that turn out for this event. Obstacles were challenging and most had no wait. The course layout worked well. The festivities after were great! The only negative was the lack of water stations - there was only one! The way the course was laid out the one water station was located between two of the trails and could have provided water to both trails. I can't wait to do my next Rugged Maniac race!
I had a great time running this race. The obstacles were a lot of fun......a few too many walls to climb though!! Also, one water station throughout the race. This is HOTLANTA!!! NO photographer at obstacles...only the last two at the finish line. People, we love our photos!!! Also, and most important....the line for free beer was too LONG!! I didn't even get mine. You had 4 people giving out free beer at a table...yet there were 100 people in line! Could use improvement!! All in all a great time with some minor complaints!!! Thanks
Great, Good, and Bad
There are great pros and not so great cons... and some in between. The race was fun... Comparable to the Warrior Dash in difficulty, so challenging, but more fun than difficult.
Pros: I loved the course because it was not too hilly and was beautiful. Most of the obstacles were great... Not too many walls (I hate courses with 10 walls back to back), great mud slide, loved the teeter totter obstacles, trampoline jumps were fun, and wall ladders were great.
In between: Some of the obstacles were lacking a little something... The leap of faith was barely a jump. More like a hop into a 4 foot pool. The slide at the end was very small in comparison to other similar races.
The cons... WATER! Come on! One water station in 90+ degree heat? And the water was warm! We were all dying and we had even brought our camel backs that were filled with water. After we raced, we volunteered and had to go straight from running to volunteering in the heat with no water. I asked a paramedic for water when he came riding by and I am sad to report that he was a JERK! He acted snotty and said "I only have my own water" and then a few minutes later he miraculously found some and gave it to my niece. When I asked her where she got it, he heard me and said "I gave one of MY OWN." Ummm... Ok douche. You are riding around in a shaded golf cart while we are standing in the hot sun for hours and then pulling up tape in the hot sun after that.
Long story short... Worst volunteer experience yet. We are usually provided with a food voucher and water. We could have volunteered for much longer had we been provided with just a little fuel and a lot of water.
A suggestion for the future... Some races allow volunteers to register for a specific category of volunteering positions.