"Spartan Race was created with a simple, yet important, mission in mind. That mission is to get people back to their primal roots. To do what they were designed to do: run, jump, climb and sweat." Taken straight from the Spartan Race website. The race itself was founded in 2010 and is now present in over 10 countries. Most Spartans are available in 3 different segments: the Sprint (3+mi, 15+ obstacles), the Super (8+mi, 20+ obstacles), and the Beast (12+mi, 25+ obstacles). There are even races available for children! It all depends on the location.
SPARTAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP LAKE TAHOE BEAST WEEKEND • OCT 03-04 • OLYMPIC VALLEY, CA
ATLANTA SUPER • OCT 10 • UNION POINT, GA
PITTSBURGH SPRINT • OCT 10 • BOSWELL, PA
ALABAMA SUPER • OCT 17 • SARALAND, AL
SEATTLE SUPER • OCT 17 • SNOHOMISH, WA
NASHVILLE SPRINT • OCT 24 • WOODLAWN, TN
DALLAS BEAST WEEKEND • OCT 31-01 • GLEN ROSE, TX
"The Biggest Loser RunWalk is a non-intimidating race series designed to challenge America to get fit." Much like the Spartan, the Biggest Loser RunWalk is compromised of 3 different series: the Six Flags series, the Premier Destination series, and the Off-road Challenges. The Premier Destination series is their featured half marathon & 5k races. The Six Flags series is.. well, basically their Premier Destination series hosted at Six Flags amsusement parks. And the Off-Road Challenges are just set on trail runs with obstacle courses (and hosted at Spartan Race locations!).
OFF-ROAD CHALLENGE AT A SPARTAN RACE • October 17 • SNOHOMISH, WA
HALF MARATHON/5K • October 18 • EAU CLAIRE, WI
HALF MARATHON/5K • October 25 • Lake Stevens, WA
Inspired by the hit TV Show, the WipeOut Run was design to be a fun yet engaging (NOT BRUTAL) 5k experience, encouraging people to enjoy the challenge of physical activity. Run the 3.1 mile course yourself, taking on the 12 obstacles alone, or race your team mates to the finish line for an added layer of challenge.
October 3 • Hampton, GA
The DirtyGirl 5k MudRun was created to encourage women to embrace athleticism and the outdoors. As such, it was the first of now only a handful of national races exclusively for women. While obesity is just as likely to occur in men as it is in women (36% of adults are considered obese), women are twice as likely as men to be considered extremely obese.
None in October • Check back next month!
Warrior Dash is one of the largest international races at only 6 years young, located on 4 continents across the world. The able few who are can conquer this grueling course are rewarded with Tshirt, Warrior Helmet & Medal, and revelries to celebrate their accomplishment!
October 03 • St Francisville, LA
October 03 • Madison, CT
October 10 • Pulaski, TN
The Color Run is a newly-created 5k event, forming only in 2012! It was founded to encourage novices to join the running community, and serves as a fun introductory event! The shower of color was inspired by Holi, an ancient Hindu Festival of love.
October 03 • Augusta, GA
October 03 • Brooklyn, NY
October 03 • Research Triangle Park, NC
October 10 • San Diego, CA
October 10 • Sandusky, OH
October 11 • La Crosse, WI
October 17 • Gainesville, FL
October 17 • Champaign, IL
October 17 • Houston, TX
October 17 • Lexington, KY
October 17 • Ventura, CA
October 17 • Bridgeport, CT
October 24 • Tallahassee, FL
October 24 • Elizabethtown, KY
October 24 • Lehigh Valley, PA
October 24 • Pomona, CA
The Color FunFest is more or less the Color Run but run by a different company, although the Color FunFest puts more emphasis on the availability of evening running. Like with any great idea, multiples will popup! Choices are great, though, as that makes variety and availability much more widespread. While the Color Run may not be present in a certain city, The Color FunFest (or any other comparable color 5k) will most certainly be there!
October 3 • Chicago, IL
October 10 • North Dallas, TX
October 10 • Detroit, MI
October 31 • Chattanooga, TN
Another Girls' Club 5k run! This time without the mud. The DIVAS Half Marathon & 5k series offers something for newbies and veterans alike - all from the comfort of a nicely paved race course.
October 4 • Long Island, NY
The Tough Mudder is by no means a novice event - though that doesn't mean you cannot try! It is roughly 3 times the length of a 5k, coming it at about 18-20km (10-12mi), and it doesn't stop there. The whole course is littered with obstacles specifically designed to play into basic human fears (fire, deep water, electricity, and heights.) Not for the faint of heart, or the financially challenged! Tickets start around the $100 mark.
October 3 & 4 • Seagoville TX
October 10 & 11 • Montgomery City MO
October 17 & 18 • Henderson NV
October 17 & 18 • Coatesville PA
October 31 & November 1 • Temecula CA