Regular old road races just aren't enough anymore. Why pound the pavement when you can scale obstacles, jump over fire, and best of all, end the day covered in mud? If you agree with this, you're in luck, because the mud-run craze has caught on big in the Milwaukee area, and there are several races taking place in the area during summer / fall 2014.
Milwaukee Area Mud Runs
- LoziLu Women's Mud Run
When: Saturday, June 28
What: A 3-mile"ish" run designed specifically for women with a number of obstacles, like the Bad Hair Day and The Exfoliator. This race can be run by women of varying fitness levels, and obstacles are optional if you choose to circumvent.
How much: Price varies from $54 - $79 depending on when you register. Day-of registration available if not sold out. $10 discount for active military and students with ID.
Where: Root River Park, Greendale
- Dirty Dog Mud Run / Summitfest
When: Saturday, July 12
What: Dirty Dogs are 8k courses with 5k short-cuts. Each course has at least 5 mud pits, and usually more, plus obstacles, and an optional beer stop along the way. This race can be run by people of varying fitness levels, though there are competitive waves available.
How much: Price varies from $30 - $70 depending on when you register and the wave you register for.
Where: Genesee Lake Road Park, 37505 Genesee Lake Rd., Oconomowoc
- Warrior Dash
When: Saturday, August 2
What: A 5k run with obstacles such as the Cargo climb, that has you scale an obstacle covered in cargo nets, and the Warrior Roast, where you jump over fire, and plenty of mud. This race can be run by people of varying fitness levels, though competitive racers do run it for time. Race fee includes a fuzzy warrior helmet.
How much: Price varies from $60 - $90 depending on when your register. No registration after July 29.
Where: Milford Hills Hunt Club, W5670 French Rd., Johnson Creek, WI 53038
- Dirty Girl Mud Run
When: Saturday, August 16
What: A 5k run with obstacles such as the Jail Break fence jump and the Hangover, where you make your way through hanging tires. This race can be run by women of all fitness levels, and it is not timed.
How much: Price varies from $55 - $100 depending on when you register. No registration after August 15.
Where: Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northview Rd., Waukesha
- Tough Mudder
When: Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7
What: The Tough Mudder is a 10 - 12 mile course, and is definitely the most challenging of all the mud runs in the Milwaukee area. One obstacle does include live wires, for example, and another greased monkey bars over an icy pond. While this race doesn't take itself too seriously, it is still highly recommended that runners train for it, and one would probably want to be reasonably fit before taking this one on.
How much: Price varies from $69 - $185 depending on when you register. No registration after September 5.
Where: Road America, N7390 State Highway 67, Plymouth