The Best Obstacles Course Races in the World

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If you’re looking for a way to push your limits and do something impossible, an obstacle course race is a great way to get started and add something to you impossible list.

To help you out – we’ve compiled a guide to obstacle course races that you can start out today – kill your excuses and do something impossible

The Big Three Obstacle Course Races

There’s no denying that in the world of obstacle course racing, there are three main players. The Warrior Dash, the Spartan Race, and the Tough Mudder stand far and above the rest.

Warrior Dash

Warrior Dash is sort of the “entry point” to obstacle course races. If you haven’t done one before, you can use this as the starter point on your impossible list. That said – most Warrior Dash races are only a 5k or shorter – so if you’ve done one – there’s probably not a huge incentive to do a second. Raise the stakes and start aiming at longer races.

=> Warrior Dash

Spartan Race

Spartan Race might be the perfect blend of obstacle course, adventure and actual racing. They’ve built out the spartan race brand from just Spartan racing to an entire fitness lifestyle. Also, Joe De Sena’s book Spartan Up – was co-written by friend of IMPOSSIBLE and IMPOSSIBLE Podcast guest – John Durant.

=> Spartan Race

Tough Mudder

The Tough Mudder is the grand daddy of all obstacle course races. While it is maybe the most intense of all the obstacle course races out there – it is a bit over the top. The electric shocking at multiple “obstacles” seems more pain-inducing than actually difficult or impossible.

That said – if you haven’t done a tough mudder – you should – just for the experience alone.

=> Tough Mudder

Other Obstacle Course Races

Spartan Race

Levels: 11

Costs: From $359

Twitter: @spartanrace



Tough Mudder

Twitter: @toughmudder

Instagram: @toughmudder


Foam Fest

Levels: 5K

Costs: $124.99

Twitter: @the5Kfoamfest

Instagram: @5kfoamfest


Beachside Dash

Levels: 5K 2K 10K


Registration fees for the 2km are

$20 early bird ($10 child)

$25 general entry ($10 child)

$30 on the day ($15 child)

Registration fees for the 5km are:

$35 early bird ($25 child)

$40 general entry ($30 child)

$45 on the day ($35 child)

Registration fees for the 10km are:

$45 early bird ($35 child)

$50 general entry ($40 child)

$55 on the day ($45 child)

Twitter: N/A

Instagram: @beachsidedash



Twitter: @mudrunguide

Instagram: @mudrunguide


Gladiator Rock N’ Run – Event Postponed

Levels: $5K


Twitter: @GladiatorRun


Men’s Health Urbanrun

Twitter: @menshealthmag

Instagram: @menshealthmag


Mud Factor

Levels: 5K

Twitter: @MudFactor

Instagram: @mudfactor


Rugged Maniac
Levels: 25+ Epic Obstacles

Twitter: @RuggedManiac



Savage Race
Levels: 25+

Twitter: @savagerace

Instagram: @savagerace


GORUCK Challenge

Levels: 25+

Twitter: @savagerace

Instagram: @savagerace/


The Color Run

Twitter: @thecolorrun

Instagram: @thecolorrun


Tough Mountain Challenge
Instagram: @tough.mountain

Reviver Challenge

Levels: 2.5 miles



  • Warrior Dash 
  • Devil Dash 
  • Dirty Dash 
  • Down & Dirty Mud Run 
  • Diva Dash 
  • Hell Run
  • Hero Rush
  • LoziLu Women’s Mud Run
  • Mean Streets
  • Mudathlon
  • MudMan X 
  • Pretty Muddy Run 
  • Race the Reaper
  • Racing Humans 
  • Ruckus
  • Run For Your Lives
  • Superhero Scramble
  • Terrain Mud Run
  • Original Mud Run 
  • Survival Race
  • Thunder Challenge
  • Iron Warrior Dash
  • Swamp Dash & Bash
  • Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest
  • Tough Guy
  • Death Race (You May Die)
  • Caveman Crawl
  • North Face Endurance Challenge 
  • Survival Mud Run
  • Rebel Race
  • Mud Ninja 
  • Muddy Buddy Series- 
  • ROC Race

Are we missing any races here? If so, let us know and we’ll add it to the list.