In 2013, according to Muddy Race UK, 205,000 people took part in 158 events across the country—61,000 people entered the popular Tough Mudder event alone—and altogether these events are said to now be worth an annual figure of twelve million pounds.1
In an obstacle race, competitors taking on mud and trail runs must overcome various physical challenges such as climbing cargo nets, traversing bodies of water, crawling through tunnels and edging along rope bridges. Many obstacles are similar to those used in military training, while others are unique to obstacle racing and are employed throughout the course to test endurance, strength, speed and dexterity. Races vary in both distance and challenge level, combining trail, road and cross country running.2
Those in the know like to draw a clear distinction between obstacle race events, obstacle courses and mud runs. Serious obstacle racers are hugely competitive, running timed races and submitting to penalties for missed obstacles.
The intention of this proposal is to create a light-hearted event, which does not take itself too seriously. Generally speaking, obstacle course participants are not timed and are free to skip tasks as they please. Obstacle courses and mud runs tend to be less competitive that obstacle races and therefore much more fun.