Rugged Recap: A Run Oregon recap of the 2017 Rugged Maniac

The weather was perfect for the Rugged Maniac 5k obstacle race this year and the 25 obstacles were fun and challenging. The course was especially muddy, which I loved, but what I loved most was seeing all the teams working together to support each other. There were people of all ages and fitness levels working together. Running, jumping and playing transports us back to the carefree days of childhood when we would run around outside with friends climbing trees, jumping in puddles, playing tag, and just plain having fun. We could all use a little more of that and the Rugged Maniac was the perfect adult version. The 25 obstacles included fire jumps, water slides, trampolines, and underground tunnels, all along a 3-mile course. It was a time to remember. My only wish was that they would have put a bit more space between the obstacles so there was not so much time waiting at obstacles.

The after party was fun and festive with plenty of food and music. The party lasted all day and included a mechanical bull, pie-eating, pull-up and stein-hoisting contests, DJ and dance party. The super soft, v-neck t-shirt fits great and the finishers medal will be pretty on the Christmas tree with other medals from events this year. Free photos were posted on Thursday after the race.

I love that Rugged Maniac supports the American Cancer Society. Teams were encouraged to create a fundraising page for their run, or donate to the cause when purchasing their ticket. Rugged Maniac’s have raised over $80,000 for cancer research. I love running for a cause.

Overall it was a great race and I can’t wait to compete for a personal best at next year’s Rugged Maniac.