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. Throughout the year, you’ll find fun and challenging mud runs throughout Southern California. These are the best running competitions in the area if you’re looking to get down and dirty while getting some great exercise in at the same time!
Irvine Lake Mud Run
Oak Canyon Park
5305 Santiago Canyon Road
Silverado, CA 92676
Date: June 18, 2016
Considered to be one of southern California’s most scenic and challenging mud runs, The Irvine Lake Mud Run is also considered to be the preeminent mud run in Orange County and throughout the area. With rolling hills, green trees and a beautiful lake, it provides the best backdrop for this 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, dive into pools of mud and to try not to get injured! What makes this event so much fun is that you can compete as an individual or as a team made up of your craziest family members and friends.
The Color Run
1600 Pacific Hwy
San Diego, CA 92101
Date: November 19, 2016
Forget the mud! Racers looking for a brighter run can participate in The Color Run in San Diego this year. While it may not be in Orange County it’s not too far south to visit this great event. The Color Run, the world’s first color 5k will leave you seeing rainbows by the end. Founded in 2011 as an event to promote healthiness and happiness by bringing the community together, they are considered the first paint race and created their own genre of running events that continues to grow year after year. 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 4 & 5, 2016 at 8:30am
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 choose to participate in 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. Get ready to get dirty!
38000 Highway 79 South
Temecula , CA , 92592
Date: October 15 & 16, 2016
Tough Mudder is considered to be the ultimate challenge. So, if you’re looking to really push yourself, this is certainly the mud run you’d want to push yourself through and prove to yourself, and your friends that you can undergo the ultimate challenge. You’ll make friends for life at the same time as people look out for you along the way. Find yourself ready to give up? Tough Mudder is one of those 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
500 E. Diamond Drive
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
Date: September 17, 2016
The Survivor Mud Run boasts one of the most extreme 5K mud runs ever created. Throughout the course, you’ll be presented with obstacles which will 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 official race length reads at 3.37 hellish miles. Good luck!
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