Obstacle course racing is becoming an extremely popular event for people to test their inner fortitude and determination.
I remember as a child setting up our basement with pillows and chairs that my mom’s daycare and I would have to race through to test our agility.
It seems that obstacle courses have become much more extreme nowadays.
The below list will showcase my top 10 most extreme obstacle course races in the world.
Some of them will make you cry just thinking about them. Others will get you excited to try it.
Basics of Obstacle Course Races
Basic obstacles to some of the courses below include
- 10,000 volts of electricity
- lifting heavy objects
Extreme obstacle racing is one of the newest fitness trends and definitely an event you need to put on your bucket list.
Seeing as I live in Michigan, The Tough Mudder obstacle race seems like a good first event to tackle.
Here Are the Obstacle Course Races:
10. Swamp Dash & Bash Obstacle Course
This obstacle course is a great starter obstacle course for anyone looking to get their feet wet in the world of obstacle racing.
9. Rugged Maniac Obstacle Course
Rugged Maniac was designed with the help of Navy Seals and is a great race to start off with. It will test much of the same things that the harder races will but to a lesser degree.
8. Run For Your Lives Obstacle Course Race
Run For Your Lives race is a one-of-a-kind course that is 5K long and has some great obstacles. The unique aspect is that throughout the course there are zombies that are trying to get you.
7. The Warrior Dash Obstacle Course
The Warrior Dash is an extremely popular mud run/obstacle course. This race is challenging and will be an event to remember.
6. Race The Reaper Obstacle Course
Race the Reaper is an extreme obstacle course designed by ex-military civil and mechanical engineers. It is 5 miles long and incorporates 18 obstacles “from hell” as they say.
5. MH Survival of the Fittest Obstacle Course
This extreme obstacle course was created by the popular Men’s Health Magazine. This is based out of the UK but there are four different locations to choose from.
4. Tough Mudder Obstacle Course
This extreme obstacle course is one of the most famous races around. It is 10-12 miles of intense agony and was designed by british special forces. It tests mental strength, stamina, grit and camaraderie.
3. Spartan Race Obstacle Course
The Spartan Race was designed by an ex-marine and 7 ultra athletes. Other than the below “You May Die” Death Race, there are 3 other extreme obstacle courses called the Spartan Sprint, Super Spartan, and Spartan Beast.
2. Tough Guy Obstacle Course
The Tough Guy Race is the ultimate in extreme obstacle courses. It is 4 grueling hours of pretty much the most unbearable torture you can imagine. The race works its way throuh barbwire, extreme cold, fire, and many other obstacles.
1. You May Die Death Race Obstacle Course
The You May Die Death Race is a 24-hour extreme obstacle course that incorporates mud runs, trail racing, sleep deprivation, and mental & physical challenges. They state that there is a 90% failure rate and that you should only enter this race if you have lived a long life to date. This race is part of the Spartan Race Series but is the most extreme.
Bonus Race Updates!
1. Savage Mountain Obstacle Course Race:
There’s a new race called Savage Mountain. It’s a race to support Parents with Autistic children. 100% of the donations go straight to helping parents afford to get their Autistic children’s assistance.