Obstacle Races in San Diego – Are You Tough Enough?!

Having just recently completed the Southern California Spartan Race Temecula, my interest in obstacle races has piqued. Who else out there enjoys torturing themselves by running miles and miles while climbing over/under walls, jumping fire, dodging gladiators and in general just beating your body to a pulp? I certainly didn’t think I was going to be “that guy,” but I challenged myself to do the Spartan this year as a motivator to improve my fitness and health in 2012 – and ended up enjoying it (did I just write that?!).

So for those who are already into these types of races, or those that would like to challenge themselves, here are a few other San Diego obstacle races that are happening in the not too distant future:

Southern California Tough Mudder Race 2011

Tough Mudder

February 25-26, 2012 and July 7-8, 2012
An 11 mile course located in Temecula, this hardcore event is not for the feint of heart.  Tough Mudder is being held in the same area as the Spartan Race I just did, and let me tell you, there are some major elevation climbs on this course! Be ready to crawl under barbed wire, scale cargo netting and slosh through dirty, muddy water. This event is for the Tough!

San Diego Mud Run

March 24, 2012
While this run has obstacles like all the others, the main obstacle is – yes you guessed it – mud! The 5k course has tunnel crawls, slippery hill climbs, 4-foot high walls, etc. Just remember that you’ll be doing all these things while being soaked and muddy! So for all you Pig Pens in the world out there, this may be the race for you!

My friends prior to the start of ROC Race 2011

ROC Race (Ridiculous Obstacle Race)

May 19-20, 2012:
Held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the ROC Race is a 5k race with 20 obstacles. I had friends participate last year (see picture) and they had a blast! Lots of people participate as a team, dress in group costumes and generally have a good time. While there are definitely those who are seriously trying to get the best time, most are just out for an afternoon of fun. Check out the ROC Fest after the run to grab a beer and some gear and know that this event is supporting a good cause – the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

Zombie Run

Run For Your Lives Race

October 20, 2012
Also located in the Vail Lake Village area of Temecula, the Zombie Run is a funny twist on your typical obstacle race. What better way to motivate you to run a race then to have zombies chasing you? In flag football-esque style, zombies will be littered throughout the course attempting to catch you and “eat” your flag. Your task is to make it through the 12 apocalyptic obstacles without losing all of your flags and return to the “Safe Zone” where you can participate in the Apocalypse Party. Another cool feature of this race is that the course is not set – you can choose which route you take as long as you visit all the obstacles!

So whether you’re looking for a fun event for you and your friends to participate in – or are looking for the ultimate physical challenge – there’s an obstacle race for you in San Diego! Let me know in the comments section if you’re participating in a race and how you do!

This entry was posted in Attractions, Golf & Sports, Outdoor Adventures, San Diego Events and tagged , , by Benjamin Eastman. Bookmark the permalink.
Benjamin Eastman

About Benjamin Eastman

I lead a pretty active lifestyle and try to spend as much time outdoors as possible. On any given Saturday morning you'll find me on one of San Diego's beach volleyball courts and quite possibly on the water or a hiking trail at some other point during the weekend. As a single professional I definitely enjoy experiencing the nightlife throughout the county - but lean more towards the Gaslamp Quarter, North Park or Hillcrest when planning a night out. I love to eat, and try to keep my ear to the grapevine about new and exciting restaurant openings.  And while I'm certainly excited to try the latest, trendiest restaurant in town, I am also infamously known for late night trips to 24-hour taco shops. Basically, whether I'm in board shorts or a bow tie, I try to enjoy all the many opportunities available to me in San Diego!What would you do on your ideal San Diego day?I’d start with a leisurely, late morning brunch.  Spend some time on the beach.  Grab some rolled tacos at a taco stand and then grab a nap.  In the evening I’d hit the Gaslamp District for dinner and then end the night at a rooftop bar/lounge.If you were invisible, where would you go?If I got to pick a superpower, I don’t know that I would pick invisibility…but if I were to become Mr. Invisible, I guess I would go to all the live music, theater and symphony performances in town.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?On a beautiful, San Diego day there is nothing better than playing beach volleyball.  The sun on your back, a gentle ocean breeze, and a whole lot of bump, set, spiking!  And of course the perfect day of beach volleyball isn't complete without a grill to barbeque some burgers or carne asada on.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Both actually!  That’s the beauty of the San Diego food scene.  I CAN have my cake and eat it too!  Depending on my mood (and my finances!) I am happy to chow down at a hole-in-the-wall neighborhood burger joint or a luxury steakhouse. I'm actually a founding member of a Burger lunch group that eats at a different burger restaurant each month.  We've been going for 6 months now and still have plenty of locations to visit before we exhaust all our options!

2 thoughts on “Obstacle Races in San Diego – Are You Tough Enough?!

  1. I’m signed up for the Spartan Sprint in January 2014. It will be my first OCR. I’m training with American Ninja Warrior and elite OCR competitor Michael Mark of San Diego Obstacle Course Race Training: http://sdocr.com/.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.