The Best Obstacles Course Races in the World

The Best Obstacles Course Races in the World

last updated: Jan 20, 2023

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: https://twitter.com/spartanrace

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spartan/

Website: https://www.spartan.com/

Tough Mudder



Twitter: https://twitter.com/toughmudder

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/toughmudder/

Website: https://toughmudder.com/

Foam Fest

Levels: 5K

Costs: $124.99

Twitter: https://twitter.com/the5Kfoamfest

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/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: https://www.instagram.com/beachsidedash/

Website: https://beachsidedash.org.au/




Twitter: https://twitter.com/mudrunguide

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mudrunguide/

Website: https://www.mudrunguide.com/organizers/cerebrun/

Gladiator Rock N’ Run - Event Postponed

Levels: $5K


Twitter: https://twitter.com/GladiatorRun

Instagram: Page not Found

Website: http://www.gladiatorrocknrun.com/

Men’s Health Urbanrun



Twitter: https://twitter.com/menshealthmag

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/menshealthmag/

Website: http://www.menshealthurbanathlon.com/

Mud Factor

Levels: 5K


Twitter: https://twitter.com/MudFactor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mudfactor/


Rugged Maniac
Levels: 25+ Epic Obstacles


Twitter: https://twitter.com/RuggedManiac


Website: https://ruggedmaniac.com/

Savage Race
Levels: 25+


Twitter: https://twitter.com/savagerace

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/savagerace/

Website: https://savagerace.com/

GORUCK Challenge

Levels: 25+


Twitter: https://twitter.com/savagerace

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/savagerace/

Website: https://www.goruckevents.com/goruck-challenge

The Color Run



Twitter: https://twitter.com/thecolorrun

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecolorrun/

Website: https://thecolorrun.com/

Tough Mountain Challenge




Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tough.mountain/

Website: https://www.toughmountain.com/

Reviver Challenge

Levels: 2.5 miles




Website: https://reviverchallenge.com/

Civilian Military Combine - events are 2020





Website: https://www.civilianmilitarycombine.com/

Zombie Evacuation-event was 2020



Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zombieevacuationrace/

Website: https://zombieevacuation.com/

  • 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.

written by
Joel Runyon
Founder of IMPOSSIBLE®

Joel Runyon is the founder of IMPOSSIBLE® - performance lifestyle brand encompassing performance apparel & formulas,  IMPOSSIBLE Fitness® programs, and a philanthropy arm. An endurance athlete and entrepreneur - he's also the creator of MoveWellApp and owns Ultimate Meal Plans. Find out what next challenge Joel is crossing off his impossible list here.

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