Could 2013 be the most adventurous year of your life?

If leaping over fire, swimming through mud, and crawling beneath barbed wire fences sounds like your idea of fun, you should give obstacle course races a go.

Obstacle course races are no longer a social and recreational sport they have become a challenging test of fitness, mental toughness, strength and stamina. Obstacle course races like Tough Mudder and the Spartan Race combine elements of adventure racing, trail running with military style obstacles, rope and wall climbs, mud, fire, water hazards and many more physical and strategic challenges.

To do these races well, teams are taking a competitive and dedicated approach to training and nutrition to ensure that they have the necessary stamina, upper-body strength, muscle coordination and strategy to cross the finish line.

There are now multiple obstacle course races across Australia each year that offer different distances and varying levels of obstacle difficulty. Depending on your goals and fitness level you can find a race that is a fun challenge amongst friends or races that challenge athletes to a gruelling test of physical and mental toughness. Below are some of the obstacle course races that are coming up in your state during 2013.


17 August Greatest Athlete Challenge Sydney
7 & 8 September True Grit Sydney
28 September Raw Challenge Central Coast
12 October Greatest Athlete Challenge Canberra
12 & 13 October Tough Mudder Sydney
18 October Urban Obstacle Challenge Sydney
26 October Raw Challenge Barrington Tops
2 & 3 November Spartan Race Sydney
16 & 17 November The Stampede Sydney
23 November Ram Run Sydney
30 November Suck It Up Buttercup Tamworth
30 November Call Of The Beast Canberra
30 Nov/01 Dec Mud Run Sydney



17 & 18 August Tough Mudder Sunshine Coast
24 August Greatest Athlete Challenge Brisbane
14 & 15 September The Stampede Brisbane
12 October Warrior Dash Gold Coast



24 & 25 August Operation Blackhawk Nagambie
31 August Greatest Athlete Challenge Melbourne
14 & 15 September Tough Mudder Melbourne
6 October Spartan Race Melbourne
26 October The Stampede Melbourne
7 December Warrior Challenge Lake Mountain



3 August Urban Soldier Myponga
7 September Greatest Athlete Challenge Adelaide
1 – 3 October True Grit Night Attack Adelaide
1 December MS Mud Run Adelaide



17 & 18 August Western Mudd Rush Perth
21 September Greatest Athlete Challenge Perth
22 September Run A Muck Perth
26 & 27 October Tough Mudder Perth



17 August MS Mud Dash (Southern) Hobart
22 September Tas Mud Run Evandale
12 October MS Mud Dash (Northern) Hobart
2 November Raw Challenge Hobart


Source: http://www.obstacleracers.com.au