Savage Race obstacle races, mud run, and OCR information, distance, cost, dates, calendar, discounts, obstacles, reviews, and more
|Overview||“25 world class obstacles, crammed into a 4-6 mile course.”, Nationwide locations|
|Events||(2) 2012, (7+) 2013, (12+) 2014|
|Upcoming||See all upcoming events at the bottom of the page.|
|Kids||Jr. Savage kids race available for 13 and under|
|Obstacles||Our courses features up to 25 giant, world class obstacles. Obstacles vary by location but examples include Sawtooth Bars, Tazed & Blazed, Mud & Guts, and the dreaded Shriveled Richard.|
|Terrain||Varies by location, but plan on 4-6 miles of the gnarliest terrain available.|
|Signature Obstacle||Colossus – On one side you’ll try and ascend the tallest quarter-pipe in obstacle racing, only to find yourself climbing another 8 feet to the top of obstacle racing’s biggest water slide. With a near vertical drop you’ll slide so fast you’ll barely have time to yelp in fear.|
|Hardest Obstacle||Lumberjack Lane, where participants must lug heavy objects like logs and sandbags around a long muddy loop. Badasses are encouraged to grab two, if they can.|
|Gear||Athletic clothes or costumes (don’t miss out on the “Most Savage Costume” contest), socks, shoes and a kick-ass attitude. Check out our full list of recommended gear here|
Savage Race is the most badass mud and obstacle race event yet. Our unique courses feature big, rugged obstacles spread out over 4 – 6 treacherous miles. This is one tough race, and we guarantee that it will completely kick your ass. We warn you that this race is not for everyone, and it's definitely not your average family fun run or ‘mud race'. If you're afraid of extreme obstacles, fire, mud, and bruises, DO NOT sign up for Savage Race. But if you're tough, you need to prove it. Are you a Savage? Prove it at Savage Race.
We lovingly call our participants Savages because we believe you have to find your inner barbarian to power through our intense 4-6 mile races. Some of our most intense obstacles have include the Shriveled Richard ice bath, the incredibly steep Sawtooth Bars, a leap over rows of fire and of course crawling through thick mud under barbed wire. Savage Race prides itself on having the biggest obstacles and featuring the most per mile; a true Savage Challenge. We also scout for the gnarliest terrain available in your area to offer participants the added challenge of treacherous terrain.
At Savage Race we believe that we deserve to play just as hard as we work, and our Savages certainly deserve it after completing one of our races. That's why at the end of each event we reward participants with frosty beer, delicious barbeque and awesome music at what we like to call the “Outrageous Savage After Party.”
Our mission at Savage Race is to provide endurance enthusiasts with something even bigger than the race itself. We want participants to push themselves until they think they can run no further, climb no higher and go no faster. Being a Savage means pushing yourself to the ultimate limit, and the high you will feel after completing one of our events is something that you will never forget.
Upcoming Savage Race EventsClick an event name to view the event details. Scroll past this, or click here to see the review section
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- July 25, 2020Save $5 on your Savage Race with code MRG5 Learn MoreChicago Illinois Savage Race & Savage Blitz 2020
Richardson Adventure Farm, Spring Grove, IL, United States
- August 15, 2020Save $5 on your Savage Race with code MRG5 Learn MorePennsylvania Savage Race & Savage Blitz 2020
Skirmish USA, Albrightsville, PA, United States
- August 29, 2020Save $5 on your Savage Race with code MRG5 Learn MoreOhio Savage Race & Savage Blitz 2020
Mad River Mountain, Zanesfield, OH, United States
- September 12, 2020Save $5 on your Savage Race with code MRG5 Learn MoreMaryland Savage Race & Savage Blitz Fall 2020
Hopkins Game Farm, Kennedyville, MD, United States
- September 26, 2020Save $5 on your Savage Race with code MRG5 Learn MoreGeorgia Savage Race & Savage Blitz Fall 2020
Moonlight Stables Equestrian Center, Dallas, GA, United States
- October 10, 2020Save $5 on your Savage Race with code MRG5 Learn MoreDallas Texas Savage Race & Savage Blitz 2020
Beaumont Ranch, Grandview, TX, United States
- November 14, 2020Save $5 on your Savage Race with code MRG5 Learn MoreFlorida Savage Race & Savage Blitz Fall 2020
Little Everglades Ranch, Dade City, FL, United States
- November 15, 2020Save $5 on your Savage Race with code MRG5 Learn MoreFlorida Savage Blitz Fall 2020
Little Everglades Ranch, Dade City, FL, United States
- December 05, 2020Save $5 on your Savage Race with code MRG5 Learn MoreCharlotte North Carolina Savage Race & Savage Blitz 2020
Hodges Farm & Pumpkin Patch, Charlotte, NC, United States
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This was my 6th or 7th Savage Race. The race is always well organized and they innovate each year adding fresh obstacles. One of the best in the industry, highly recommended!
best race series!
Far and away the best race series! The best blend of distance and difficulty for everyone, from couch ninjas to elite runners, this race is a perfect blend of what OCR is about.
This was my first Savage race and was not disappointed. The atmosphere was great and the race was even better. All th volunteers were encouraging, all the obstacles were well made, and even ran into the owner of the company on the course. The course was well designed but our favorite was the obstacles. Well made, challenging, but still a blast to do. If it is your first OCR or your 100th this is a do not miss race.
This was my first mud run and I am hooked. As a 54 year old, I was a bit concerned about injury but the course is really not dangerous if you use some common sense. I'm not going to break any speed records, so I took my time on the obstacles. The only one that was too difficult physically was Sawtooth (monkey bar), but I'm doing some weight and grip training that should solve that next time - and there will definitely be a next time!
A couple of tips - get OCR shoes, or you will be slipping a LOT. Also, the mud/water can contain some disgusting bacteria so I wore swim goggles and ear plugs. Rinse your mouth and spit at the water stations before you swallow. There are plenty of small pebbles in the muddy areas, which are no fun if they get in your shoes. Gaters help with that. This stuff is not unique to Savage Race,
Better Than Tough Mudder
DIFFICULTY = Intermediate
PARKING = B
Parking was onsite but there was a $10 charge. The walk to the bag check was just as close as your car.
FESTIVAL = D
I expected more from Savage Race. They do have the brilliant marketing idea to force you to walk through the merchandise tent to enter/exist the race. There was a military wall for demonstrations and competitions but not really any vendors. They did have a DJ.
BAG CHECK = C
There was a $5 charge for bag check but it was right next to the parking lot. There was no reason to check a bag with your car right there.
STARTING LINE = B
They had a starting obstacle, a DJ to hype you up, and an arch. The obstacle was a slanted wall with ladder. It was nice to not have to climb over a normal wall as a starting obstacle. The DJ was very good as he was motivational and interactive (he had 1 girl do a trust fall while standing on people’s shoulders). The only thing it lacked was a clock/timer.
COURSE LAYOUT = B
The course had good obstacle spacing. The terrain included gravel, rocks, dangerous woods area (slippery and rocky), mud, dirt. The best part was that it was on a giant paintball course and the course ran through some paintball set ups such as a giant castle, a wild west town, a war field (complete with tanks and helicopters), an alien area with pods, and a city (yes, a city built for paintball). The course lacked lakes (there was man-made water) and hills. You never really went far from the festival area, just around it (this is a positive as you always heard the music).
OBSTACLES = B
There were about 20-25 obstacles on the 5 mile course. Most of them I have seen before (walls, weight carry, fire jump, over unders, quarter pipe, monkey bars). They had some news ones such as the seesaw pipes and turn style monkey bars (circular rotating monkey bars). The final sets of obstacles were awesome (great obstacles and great combination placement)!
Best Obstacle = turn style monkey bars
Worst Obstacle = ice bath
WATER STATIONS = B
They had 3 water stations on a 5 mile course. They gave out full size bottles of water. No food.
FINISH LINE = C
The finish line had a final obstacle (quart pipe into water slide), it had an arch, and a crowd cheering you on. It was missing a clock/timer.
SHOWERING/CHANGING = B
They had a changing tent. I heard there were hoses but I did not see them. Almost anytime you got muddy, there was a water obstacle that followed so you immediately washed off. The final obstacle involved a water slide so you were clean when you finished (no need for a shower).
SWAG = B
You received a tshirt and medal. The medal was disappointing because it was simple and just said SR. The previous medals had the blue savage guy on them.
The Savage Race was much better than I expected. I have heard time and time again that it’s the Tough Mudder just in 5 miles. This is not the case. While Savage does have a few obstacles that are similar to Tough Mudder (jigsaw monkey bars, fire jump, ice bath, walls, quarter pipe), other races have these as well. Savage Race has a few unique obstacles that I have not seen before. Even with the obstacles that they repeat, they try to be different (their quarter pipe is lower than the Tough Mudder, has a rope, and then goes into a water slide). The venue had great scenery. Not great natural scenery but the man-made paintball course such as the giant castle or the city or wild west town was really cool to walk through. If this race isn’t too far and you can get a cheap deal, do it.
Must Do for OCR lovers
The Savage Race is a must for OCR lovers for a number of reasons: It's a well put together event with plenty of mud, water and kick-ass obstacles. I agree with Dave in NJ's review of the event setting and set-up. My only complaint was that the "shower" area and changing stations were not closer to the event site. Definitely will hit it up again in 2016!
I've done many mud and obstacle course races and Savage Race was pretty good. The PA location was nice, access roads were small but these races are usually held in rural areas. Great parking right next to the entrance on big grassy field. Overall the organization was not as slick as other, bigger-name, bigger-budget, races but I liked the informality of it. Nothing was left un-done for me. Parking volunteers were locals and had that country friendliness. Good course. Not the toughest I've ever done, but it was challenging and fun which is great (unlike Spartan which is meant to break you). Some good running sections in the woods through mud and marshes. Volunteers got me to complete the monkey bars, which I normally can't do. So many races out there that I usually don't repeat races 2 years in a row, but I will do Savage Race again in 2015.
Florida Fall 2014
This was my first Savage Race and it was a great time. Parking was ok, a longer walk to the race area, but thats ok, (it is an athletic event) The venue was good and the course was well marked. Didnt have much interaction with the staff, but when I did, they were good. The obstacles were a little less difficult than I had imagined. I would give it an overall rating of 4! They gave out free bumper stickers too, thats a big plus to help promote!
This was my first mud run. It was a challenging course. I thought the distance between obstacles were balanced well. You didn't have too much running in between obstacles. I liked that they had both fun and difficult obstacles to complete. Great swag medals and t-shirts. Overall great experience! Registering again for Florida Spring 2015
This was the first time this race was at this venue and first time I participated and I have to say, it was a great venue and race. Parking was very well organized. Check-in started slow, but quickly started to churn people through the process. There was a snafu with the National Anthem, but the organizers sang it acapella and did a great job. The obstacles were well spaced from each other to break up the run distance. They had a few "fad" obstacles (ice obstacle - Shriveled Richard, shock obstacle - Tazed) but I think in the coming seasons these will be phased out and replaced with other new challenges.
The mud on this farm was like no other. It was thick and soupy at the same time. When you are crawling through the mud and you sink in up to your elbows - it makes for a tough mud crawl. I'm sure more than a pair of shoes were claimed. The race was over 5 miles and a definite challenge. I'll be back in the fall which is at Hopkins Game Farm again and looking forward to see a new layout.