In only a few years, obstacle course races have become a favorite diversion of thrill-seekers and weekend warriors, with hundreds of events around the country that require participants to go up, over, under and through to the finish line. (Aug. 13)
More than 10,000 people trekked to northeastern Pennsylvania to scale walls, leap fire and crawl commando-style through a mud pit topped with barbed wire.
Willingly. For kicks. And they paid money to do it.
That's obstacle course racing for you: grueling, mud-spattered and, to its legions of fans, addictive fun.
Virtually overnight, obstacle courses have become a favorite diversion of thrill-seekers and weekend warriors. Hundreds of events around the country require participants to go up, over, under and through to the finish line.
Three of the top courses — Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash and Spartan Race — expect nearly 2 million runners in 2012.
The races are a novelty, and novelties usually wear off. But promoters insist they have staying power.
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