When it comes to getting dirty for sport these days, it seems mud runs get all the love. But it comes at a high price. Between massive waves of participants, steep entrance fees, and transport to and from the race, your so-called fun-run can have you wishing you had just hit the treadmill instead.
Lucky for you, more obstacle runs are starting up all over, offering a new spin on tried-and-true course designs, giving adventure-seekers more race options closer to home. And while they’re not as popular as Tough Mudder or Spartan right now, they do cost less and have less race-day chaos—not to mention just as many (if not more!) muddy obstacles as their well-trotted counterparts.