The sport of obstacle course racing is becoming more and more competitive.
There will be four major obstacle racing championship events in the U.S. this fall with a combined prize purse of more than $500,000. Here’s a brief overview of each one.
Reebok Spartan Race World Championships
Date/Location: Sept. 20–21; Killington, Vt.
Distance/Duration: Courses are 3, 13 and 26 miles
Prize Purse: More than $300,000
Details: NBC will televise the third annual Spartan Race World Championships and several races leading up to the championships.
Warrior Dash World Championship
Date/Location: Oct. 18; Esparto, Calif.
Distance/Duration: 5K course with 12 obstacles
Prize Purse: $100,000
Details: This first-time championship event will be open to anyone finishing among the top 25 in the competitive wave of any Warrior Dash in the U.S.
OCR World Championships
Date/Location: Oct. 25-26; near Cincinnati, Ohio
Distance/Duration: 8-mile obstacle course
Prize Purse: $60,000
Details: This new, independent race is open to individuals and four-person teams that qualify through one of several hundred races worldwide.
World’s Toughest Mudder
Date: Nov. 15-16; Henderson, Nev. (near Las Vegas)
Distance/Duration: 24-hour race on a 5-mile course with numerous obstacles
Prize Purse: More than $60,000
Details: Although previously an invite-only event, the fourth annual WTM is open to anyone who shows up. The top male and female competitors will earn a $10,000 first prize, while the top four-person team will earn $12,000.
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