This Rugged Maniac Race is Not for the Meek or Weak – Men’s Health


Posted: August 1, 2017 at 3:45 pm

Of course, whats a race without a bit of friendly competition? Our stakes were high: public humiliation for the loser, who had an embarrassing picture of themselves taped around the office. And for the winner: summer-long bragging rights and the knowledge that they had the spirit of the truest champion.

For the uninitiated, the Rugged Maniac race is a 5k with a series of twenty-five obstacles. Through the 3.1 miles youre army crawling through mud, climbing giant ladders, and leaping over fire. It ends with the Warped Wall: a 12 foot, curved wall with no hand- or footholds. Basically, the race is a quick fix to feeling like a badass.

The spirit of Rugged Maniac is everywhere, and camaraderie is high. Groups wait for members to get through obstacles, and total strangers offer you a hand up. Even someone with a fiercely competitive spirit and a fall-behind-get-left-behind mentality, like myself, ends up cheering on total strangers as they leap across increasingly larger trenches.

Take it from Brad Scudder, the CEO of Rugged Maniac, My favorite part about the race is the camaraderie and getting muddy with friends. You cant beat it. Somewhere in all the mud, youll end up with a couple dozen new friends, even if you left the ones you came with about two-tenths of a mile from the starting line. (Sorry!)

Each intern toed the starting line with a different goal: from wanting to win to just wanting to make it out alive. A Rugged Maniac has a way of testing your limits, both physically and mentally. Some obstacles required pulling your body weight up, others were more coordination based, and still others brought you face to face with your fears. For me, that meant heights and fire. For other internswho will remain nameless it was nature itself. And no, theres no way to avoid the mud. (Our digital intern Cory tried.)

As any athlete knows, proper recovery is crucial. Which is why your race bib comes with a free beer ticket, redeemable at the after-party (if you want to motivate a 20-something, promise them free booze at the end). We didnt lose any interns in the process, so I will generously call our day a success. Yours truly took the intern gold, Cory Fernandez finished a solid second, and Earica Parrish snagged the bronze medal.

But we all agreed: whether youre a thrill-seeking competitor or a casual weekend warrior, the Rugged Maniac gets six muddy thumbs up from the Mens Health interns.

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