People are taking their races off the pavement and into the mud. With so many MOB (Mud Runs, Obstacle Races and Beer) events developing across the country, what sets one apart from the rest?
The Gladiator Rock'n Run has 12 events in various locations; features 17 obstacles with distances between 5K and 10K; and puts on a killer post-race party with three bodacious bands, a blazin' BBQ and brisk brews. It's the perfect blend of a challenging race experience and rock 'n' roll.
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Former American Gladiator Dan "Nitro" Clark, who is no stranger to obstacle contests, endurance events and adrenalized competition, created the race series for people who want to have fun while putting their fitness to the test.
"My idea has always been to work hard and play hard," Clark says. "For me, why do you go out and do anything unless you can celebrate your triumphs and victories? This race hits that sweet spot for people who want a challenge but also want to have a killer time."
Obstacles include the "Polar Bear Plunge—" crossing a pool filled with 20,00 pounds of ice, a 150-foot water slide, and a wall climb appropriately titled "The Beast." Plus, this year the event in Dallas, Texas, will feature the world's longest mud pit in a 5K race.
So how does one train to be gladiator-tough? According to the race's website, one strategy is to: "Go up to the toughest, biggest person you can find and punch them in the face, then run as fast and far as you can. This will get you in great cardio shape."
But if you'd rather not pick a fight with Goliath, follow Clark's training advice:
"You have to cross-train," he says. "You've got to do everything—run for endurance, for speed. Work on upper-body strength, work on leg strength. There are 10 physical markers of fitness and this course challenges them all."