5 Reasons Why Mud Runs are Better Than a Road 5K

5 Reasons Why Mud Runs are Better Than a Road 5K

January 21, 2016 1 By muckfestms

By Eduardo Gonzalez, Guest Blogger from MudRunFun

Running events have been around since at least 1829 BCE, and since then, humans have looked for many ways to twist and evolve the sport to make it more entertaining to the masses. Fast forward a few hundred years and running is the new “thing”. With a popular distance dubbed a “5K” now-a-days, these events can be serious or silly, with some having their participants dress up and fool around while getting a healthy workout. However, running on the road can get mundane after a while, and it’s not long before you want to try something new. Say hello to mud runs! Mud runs incorporate a variety of terrain, obstacles, mud, water, and yes, you can still dress up as your favorite comic book character and be silly. These events, also referred to as obstacle races, offer everything a road 5K offers plus more!

Here are 5 reasons why mud runs are better than your average road 5K.

  1. It’s 100% more fun.

Let’s say you are going to run for an hour. Would you rather do it in a straight line on hard concrete? Or, would you rather do it over a pasture with a great scenic view, traversing through the occasional water and mud pits and overcoming obstacles such as monkey bars, vertical and inclined walls, cargo nets, tunnel crawls, and rope swings? My friends would choose the latter, and for good reason. Why torture yourself through 5 kilometers of non-stop running when you can add obstacles, challenges, and enjoy an event with lots of muddy laughs? We know it’s not for everyone, but it could be perfect for you!

  1. It’s a full-body workout.

Remember all those obstacles I mentioned above? These obstacles are not only fun, but they will make you discover muscles in your body you didn’t even know you had. At a typical 5K event, you need strong legs and a good core to push through it. At a mud run, you will find yourself climbing, crawling, swinging, spinning, pulling, jumping, and even occasionally swimming out of the mud. If that doesn’t convince you, you’ll surely know what I am talking about the day after the mud run when you wake up. 

  1. You’ll meet new friends.

In no way did I intend for the previous paragraph to be intimidating. Obstacles are fun, and yes, they sometimes require hard work and determination to get through them. The key? You’ll never do them alone! Mud runs are the perfect team building events. Whether you do it with friends or on your own, you will meet an array of new people at the obstacles. Whether it’s your first time or your fifth time attending a mud run, there will be participants willing to help you at every obstacle. Helping each other is what mud runs are all about and will result in leaving with some awesome new friends.

  1. You’ll overcome multiple obstacles in a single event.

Successfully completing a 5K is a great feeling, but in my opinion, successfully completing a 5K with mud and two dozen obstacles is a way sweeter feeling. The sense of accomplishment that comes from knowing that you climbed a giant rope pyramid, swung over a creek and crawled through a muddy tunnel will give you chills and will make your body want more. This is the main reason why mud runs and obstacle races are such an addicting sport.

  1. Every mud run is totally different.

The beauty of these events is that each and every one of them is different. The distance is different, the obstacles and their placement is different, and the terrain is different. Because of this, you will never get bored of mud runs…ever. You can go to MuckFest® MS this year and have a completely different experience the following year. Not to mention, the 2016 MuckFest MS locations include Boston, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Twin Cities and Houston, so you have plenty of events to choose from! Want to find other events in your area? Visit the largest online list of mud runs and obstacle races at MudRunFun.com

About the writer


Eduardo is an avid mud runner and obstacle racer. His first event was back in 2010 and he quickly got addicted to the fastest growing sport in the world. 5 years and 200+ events later, he has tackled the toughest mud running events, obstacle races, triathlons, trail runs and even the “not so fun” road races. When he is not out getting muddy, he works full time at MudRunFun, LLC, a company that maintains the largest online listing of mud runs and obstacle races. He also helps mud runs and obstacle races with digital marketing, event logistics, and planning.