Six Tips For Your First Obstacle Course
Wear sneakers and clothing you don’t care about ruining
When I ran my first obstacle course race, I knew I would get dirty, but I didn’t think I’d be soaking wet and covered head-to-toe in caked-on mud at the end. I thought maybe my gear wouldn’t survive the race, so I wore sneakers and clothing that I didn’t care about wrecking. After the race, I ended up keeping some of my gear and washing it, but mostly everything else was totally disgusting and ended up in the trash.
Wear form-fitting clothing
The majority of these obstacle course races have you crawling under barbed wire, through dark tunnels, and up cargo nets, so you want to wear clothing that doesn’t hang off of your body because it can get caught and trip you up (in barbed wire, for example). And, once you get all wet and muddy, you don’t want loose clothing weighing you down and making you feel uncomfortable.
Tie your sneakers TIGHT!
Many obstacle courses involve beds of deep, thick mud to challenge participants and, of course, get them all dirty. (Isn’t that half the fun of these kinds of races?) When I did the Rugged Maniac, I saw a bunch of people lose their sneakers when trying to run through these mud pits, so make sure you tie them tight. Otherwise, they’ll get stuck in the mud and slow you down. Plus, you don’t want mud in your sneakers, right?