Sometimes it’s fun to race alone. You can crank up your playlist, find your pace, and zone out. But if you’re getting sick of competing solo, there are tons of team adventure races that pump up the fun factor in your training. Simply talk your buddies into signing up for some of these mud and obstacle races—and go do ‘em. (Just don’t mention the ice plunges or electric shocks ‘til after they’ve registered.)
Here are the five coolest team adventure races to look forward to in 2013. Plus, if you don’t have time to train together, but you’re already in decent shape, you can tackle most of these for the heck of it. Think costumes, beer, and music. Who ever said racing had to be so serious all the time?