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Top 8 Obstacles Races Guaranteed To Make You Fit, Healthy, And Happy

Test your endurance, speed, and agility, while soaking in the spirit of teamwork, collaboration, and fun at these top obstacle races in New York City and beyond!

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1. City Challenge Obstacle Race

City Challenge Obstacle Race

As the fastest growing obstacle race in the Tri-State area, the City Challenge Obstacle Race , which hosts races in Jersey City, Hoboken, and New York City, features the most obstacles per mile of any obstacle races. Get ready to hurdle over the hoods of two police caravans, carry cinder blocks, and climb 8 feet walls.

2. Rugged Maniac

Rugged Maniac

Don't be afraid to get down and dirty at Rugged Maniac, a 5K-obstacles race with feats like climbing over a wooden wall, crawling through the mud-filled tunnels, and rocketing down a 50-feet water slide. Be sure to wear clothes you would not mind getting ruined!

3. Spartan Race

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Spartan Race is not just a one-time experience - it's a way of life. Spartan hosts more than 130 races around the world in a range of distance - from the Sprint (3+ miles and 20+ obstacles) to the Super (8++ miles and 25+ obstacles) to the Beast (12+ miles and 30+ obstacles). Complete all three races and overcome gruesome obstacles like barbed wire, mud, rope, and fire, and you will earn yourself the ultimate bragging rights of the TRIFECTA tribe.

4. Tough Mudder

Tough Mudder

One of the most well-known obstacle races, Tough Mudder is a team-oriented course designed to test your physical strength and mental grit, while highlighting camaraderie, teamwork, and - of course - fun. Bring your friends, family, and co-workers to join in on this ultimate challenge of physical and mental feat.

5. Men's Health URBANATHLON


Hosted by Men’s Health, URBANATHLON is one of the oldest, original obstacle races in the US. In addition to running a distance that ranges from 4 to 11 miles, you are challenged even further with obstacles that test your agility, power, and endurance. Since the first New York Urbanathlon in 2006, more than 250,000 racers have proclaimed themselves as Urbanathletes in 22 cities across 4 continents.

6. Urban RAID

Urban RAID

Urban RAID in New York City includes about 12 obstacles interspersed throughout the 5K course in Governors Island. These obstacles are designed to test your total fitness, such as strength, agility, balance, endurance, and core. Expect to hop over twenty or so consecutive hurdles, scale down a wooden wall, and flip over a heavy tractor tire.

7. Urban Mudder

Urban Mudder

Affectionately known as Tough Mudder's "Cousin in the City," Urban Mudder is a brand new, 5-mile obstacle course in which you will cross a spinning log, carry a long, heavy beam, and crawl under fences - all the while giving high fives and cheering on other participants. Urban Mudder is an untimed event, encouraging you to focus on teamwork and fun over competition.

8. Fear the Pier

Take part in Hudson Park's Fear the Pier, the most epic obstacle course you’ve ever dared. Kick off the summer with this ultimate fitness test, where you will be engaging in a timed challenge along Manhattan’s waterfront. Expect to crawl, scramble, scale, and propel yourself to reach new physical heights.

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