Dirty races through mud pits and obstacle courses are all the rage among competition runners and marathoners in Orange County. Clocking record speeds and medaling are secondary to belly-flopping into a pool of mud and making sure your running shoes stay on. Year round, you’ll find fun and challenging mud runs all throughout Southern California. Here are the five best running competitions in the area for getting down and dirty.
Irvine Lake Mud Run
Oak Canyon Park
5305 Santiago Canyon Road
Silverado, CA 92676
Date: March 14, 2015
The Irvine Lake Mud Run is considered to be one of southern California’s most scenic and challenging mud runs. Rolling hills, green trees and a beautiful lake provide the backdrop for an annual event that draws mud lovers from far and wide. Join the spectacle of runners in tutus, bridal gowns and other outrageous outfits as they jump over wooden hurdles, crawl through cargo nets and dive into pools of mud. You can compete as an individual or as a team made up of your craziest family members and friends. This year’s “Spring Break at the Lake” will be held April 6 and is open to all ages.
The Color Run
Orange County, CA 92618
Date: October 24, 2015
Forget the mud! Racers looking for a brighter run can participate in The Color Run in Orange County on May 11. This 5k will leave you seeing rainbows. Whether you’re fast or slow, young or old, the only requirement to this race is to dash from the starting line in white running attire and finish doused in a rainbow of colors. Sign up today and you’ll soon find yourself sprinting through clouds of color dust with wild packs of screaming runners.
Camp Pendleton’s World Famous Mud Run
Camp Pendleton, CA 92057
Dates: June 6, 7, 13 & 14, 2015
If you’ve never been through boot camp, the World Famous Mud Run at Camp Pendleton may be the next best thing. Stretched across 10 kilometers, the Camp Pendleton course is famous for its hills and gritty obstacles. You can race individually or as a five-person team. To cap off the competition, the event hosts a Filthy Fun Fest After Party with live music, food trucks and a beer garden. This year’s first mud run event will be held on June 1.
Glen Helen Raceway
18585 Verdemont Ranch Road
San Bernardino , CA 92407
Date: March 28 and 29, 2015
Want to undergo the ultimate challenge and make friends for life at the same time? Tough Mudder is one of those for lack of a better term tough races that will put it all into perspective for you. Challenge yourself to things you didn’t think were possible with a little help from friends along the course. When you think you just don’t have enough energy to go on, the friendly participants will help you along to this quintessential dirty race!
Survivor Mud Run
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
Date: Sept. 21
Date: September 9, 2015
The Survivor Mud Run boasts one of the most extreme 5K mud runs ever created. Obstacles test your ability to climb, jump, crawl and run while maintaining your mental determination. Only the most muddy participants with strength and stamina are said to survive. Even if you don’t complete the course, you can walk away with a survivor T-shirt, snacks and free beer. The 2013 event is scheduled for Sept. 21 at the Storm Baseball Stadium in Lake Elsinore. Sign up with friends and don’t forget your crazy costume.
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