OCR fanatics in Arizona are lucky enough to have the Rugged Maniac come into town twice a year. The first Arizona Rugged of the 2019 race season was held April 6th at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler.
Rugged Maniac X is for those obstacle course racing athletes who feel "one lap is never enough". For those who want to really challenge themselves on race day. Kathleen Davis tackles Rugged Maniac X for the first time in Pennsylvania.
Rugged Maniac, the name alone is enough to entice anyone looking to break free from their weekday drudgery and venture into the world of obstacle courses. The Rugged Maniac is a series of obstacles course races offered throughout the United States and Canada.
Rugged Maniac Denver has become a tradition for myself and a small group of friends. After being forced off the course last year due to lightning and even having the beer tent and festival area closed we were excited to get back out there this year.
Last year after the Rugged Maniac event in Cloverdale, BC, Canada, my husband and I decided to challenge ourselves and sign up for the Rugged Maniac X - this option allowed runners to complete as many laps of the 5km course as they wanted.
The race day weather in Virginia for the Rugged Maniac on Saturday, May 5th, 2018, was perfect. On this scenic day, it literally felt like an obstacle course racing family reunion, full of games like Cornhole, giant outdoor Beer Pong, fitness competitions, and food options galore. Sure, providing a festival area, which includes a mixture of activities at obstacle course races is nothing new.
Rugged Maniac recently stopped in Los Angeles and was a blast! I first heard of this race a few years ago on Shark Tank when Mark Cuban invested $1.75 million into the company. I was excited to head to my third Rugged Maniac. From start to finish Rugged Maniac offered a fun race, food trucks, festival contests, cool swag, cold beer, and new obstacles. Rugged Maniac athletes were all around showing off their medals and swag with Sierra Nevada in hand.
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.
I stayed a little closer to home and ran Rugged Maniac. And I’m glad I did. I have nothing against a more challenging race and I do those as well but I don’t feel the need to beat up my body every time I step onto a course. Sometimes It’s just about having a good time and being with amazing people and that’s what I found at Rugged.
Rugged Maniac announced yesterday a change in their refund policy. The new policy allows participants to receive refunds for any reason if they are unable to attend an event they are registered. The email sent to past Rugged Maniac participants was applauded by many participants in the industry.