What do the Warrior Dash, Tough Mudder, MudManX, and SAT’s have in common?
I finished them all smiling. Here are the differences and similarities between these popular races and answers some questions that may be out there. (No SAT help will be found on this page.)
What one to tackle? What’s the difference between them? Can one handle it? How hard should one train? Is one run harder than the next? How many obstacles are expected? What are the freebies? Should the run be completed as a team or alone?
Distance: 5k Obstacles: 10
Difficulty 1-10:6 Fun 1-10: 10
Distance: 10-12 miles Obstacles: 20+
Difficulty: 10 Fun: 5
Distance: 5-6 miles Obstacles: 15-20
Difficulty: 7 Fun: 7
Here’s my take on each of the runs.
The Warrior Dash is around three miles in distance and has roughly ten fun obstacles. This run is often held at campgrounds or paintball style locations. There are plenty of climbing obstacles, but no help needed from a friend or team. In other words, the Warrior Dash can be completed individually.
If you can run a 5k, you can complete a Warrior Dash. If you can run 5 miles, you can complete a Warrior Dash with ease.
Before you pack up your car, you will have your standard race tee shirt, a sweet medal, a furry horned hat, and a free beer. The Warrior Dash has the absolute best after party, with great bands, contests, food, and beer.
The Tough Mudder ranges from ten to twelve miles. The obstacles are much tougher than the Warrior Dash, and often require some physical or mental aid. The Tough Mudder has made electrocution almost obligatory for all mud runs. This was by far the most difficult obstacle mentally. As for the most demanding physically, there are too many to list. A team is a MUST for the Tough Mudder. One will not survive it alone.
For this run, training is a must. Running, lifting, as well as any cross fit workouts will help you prepare, however, you may never fully be ready for a Tough Mudder.
The after party was fun, but not as action packed as the Warrior Dash. You’ll get the race tee shirt, one of a kind orange headband, medal, and free beer before you leave the premises.
The MudManX is an up and coming run. These races range between five and six miles. The obstacles are similar to the Tough Mudder, with ten foot wall climbs, what seemed to be endless hill running, and of course, electrocution. This run bases its obstacles on the four primary elements: earth, wind, fire, and water, however, there were a lot of manmade obstacles. This run can be completed individually, but a team makes it more enjoyable.
Being able to run four miles nonstop will get you into good condition for this run. Be sure you can do some pull ups and pushups as well.
The after party was a bit lame in comparison to the other two. A free beer was earned, along with a yellow headband, and race tee shirt (no medal).
If you’re looking to run a mud run just to say you did, Warrior Dash is for you. If you REALLY want to challenge yourself, physically, and mentally to the extreme, then try a Tough Mudder. If you’re somewhere in between, MudManX is for you. (If MudManX is not in your area, contact them. Also, many local cross-fit clubs host these types of mud runs that are similar to MudManX.)