Tough Guy and Gal, Mud Run, Warrior Dash, Mud N Madness – obstacle racing is a growing craze internationally for those wanting more than a run.  Distances range from 5-12km and challenges are limited only by the imagination of organisers. 

Obstacles include climbing over walls, crawling under barbed wire, trail runs – and always plenty of mud.  Finishers might get a medal, a mug or a helmet – but mostly they get bragging rights, memories and some fairly impressive photos.


Obstacle racing has grown so popular in Australia that there is now an official website and online magazine.  In New Zealand the Tough Guy and Gal series has grown to seven events and the Warrior Dash claims to be the world’s largest obstacle race series, with events in the USA, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Paralympian Melissa Stockwell triumphantly finishes her race at the ITU World Triathlon series in San Diego.  Stockwell was the first female soldier to lose a limb in the Iraq War.

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