Family mud runs in New Jersey and throughout the country have become incredibly popular in the past decade. You have likely seen advertisements for a mud run event such as the Spartan Race or the Warrior Dash. You know the ones where participants are covered in mud as they jump over fire pits as well as other crazy fun obstacles?
But what is a Family Mud Run, anyway?
Though there isn’t any kind of formal regultory body that governs the sport, a family mud run is a race/event where contestants usually a group of people have to complete a course that has many obstacles for the racers to traverse. And as the name suggests, usually at least one of the obstacles will include mud.
This is the basic concept, but there are ton of variations on that family mud run idea. When talking about a normal non-family mud run, these competitions can be very hardcore and can last for a day or more. In these mud runs, competitors may end up running 50 miles or more and the obstacles they encounter are indeed very challenging. Most mud runs are crafted towards the average person who wants to pursue a fitness goal or who is looking for a fun weekend challenge. Mud Runs like this are about 5 miles with obstacles that most individuals can complete as long as they are in decent shape. Participants may have to climb over cargo nets, go over balance beams or crawl under barbed wire. Most of the times, participants will have the option to participate with a team in these events which are called family mud runs.
Family mud runs are great for groups including church groups, orgnaizations, co-workers and especially family members. Most of the time family mud runs are designed for young kids to have fun climbing and learning about healthy competition. What better way to learn then with family?
Different Types of Mud Runs
Throughout the United States, there are more than 500 obstacle course races every year, and millions participate every year. The most popular of these series is the Warrior Dash, but more than 40 companies produce similar events on a national level. Some of these organizations have adopted themes for their series, such as the Hero Rush, where all of the obstacles resemble something a fireman would have to de (ie: climb ladders, slide down polls). Family mud runs are an intro mud run style race to introduce parents and kids, boys and girls, to the fun of being a mud run racer.
With the exception of a few very competitive races, any family member or team member is free to go around any obstacles they may not be able to do. In the competitive races, a competitor who cannot do an obstacle may not be eligible for awards or may have to wait in a “penalty box” for a few minutes. That is not the case at the Your First Mud Run Races. We offer great mud run race benefits as long as you complete the family mud run race.
In many of the competitions, family mud runners do not take themselves too seriously. Many events encourage wacky costumes, creative team names and almost all of the mud run races attract participants by promoting a big after-party at the end of the race.
Obstacle course racing has inspired many people to reach their fitness goals. Why not see what all the hype is about and check out our next family mud run events in NJ?