Skip to main content

The Popularity of Mud Running


I don't really have much to say here, except that as I mentioned a few weeks ago, I wrote an article for Newcity about the growing popularity of mud runs and how the "running" part of these things is downplayed, which means that they manage to pull in a lot of people who would otherwise never have considered running in a "normal" race.

It's actually a pretty great thing for the running community because I would assume that at least SOME of those people who think they dislike running end up getting into it after doing one of these obstacle course runs... what do you think? Sound plausible?

one-does-not-simply-a - One does not simply earn more money by working outAlso, in a totally unrelated closing note, did you see this article? Seriously Men's Health? Exercising is directly correlated with making more money? As much as I want this to be true, I'm going to need to see some data on this. Just saying "Researchers asked thousands of Americans about their exercise habits as well as their weekly incomes." does not give me enough information to validate your findings.

I'm still interested in signing up for the Men's Health Urbanathlon though. I mean, who knows? Maybe I'll get a raise if I run it...

Comments

  1. I think mud-runs bring out a competitive side in people they didn't realize they had.

    I question this study too - maybe its more like, people who make lots of money happen to have more time to work out- A chicken/egg situation.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Yeah, in my experience I actually lose money from working out. Maybe I'm doing something wrong. Maybe there's a way to convert overall health into income? If so, sign me up. Now I want to do a mud run. Obstacles sound like fun. To google I go! Thanks Zfree!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think this one might be up your alley: http://runforyourlives.com/

      Obstacles... and Zombies!

      Delete
  3. I tried muddy buddy and hated it. I did the one in San Jose, CA and it was hilly and dangerous. Dangerous mainly because of the people who never seemed to bike on a trail before. Im not into mud- adventure runs as you can probably see.But hey, if it gets otherwise sedentary people out to move, then good for them! But ill stick to the roads sans mud anyday :)

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

A Daily Guide to Chicago Comedy Shows in April 2018

April 1: Character Assassination presents The Roast of Disney Princesses at Laugh Factory

The latest entry in the Character Assassination roast show series pits a collection of Disney princesses -played by Chicago comics - against each other. Starring Allison Dunne, Alex Kumin, Sarah Shockey, Gena Gephart, Audrey Jonas, Eunji Kim, Samantha Berkman, Stephanie Weber and Mandee McKelvey.

April 2: Comedy Overload Open Mic at Gallery Cabaret

A weekly open mic open to all forms of comedy that takes place at a sweet venue in Bucktown.









April 3: Shake 'Em Up Comedy Showcase at Shakers on Clark

This free two-hour comedy showcase is hosted by Darrick J and Nate Galloway. Comics get between four and 10 minutes each and the hosts let comedians know a bit needs work by hitting a bell and "shaking 'em up."


April 4: Comedians You Should Know at Timothy O'Toole's

Really you should be catching this weekly showcase at Timothy O'Toole's every week. This week's two hour …

A Daily Guide to Chicago Comedy Shows in May 2018

May 1: Fried Hard Comedy Tuesdays at Rockin Horse Saloon & Grill

Hosted by Chicago comedian Big Keef, this weekly comedy showcase (recently relocated to Rockin Horse Saloon & Grill in Oak Forest) has been running for more than five years.


May 2: Boy/Girl Sleepover at The Pony Inn

This bi-monthly showcase consistently lands top-notch headliners, has an amazing following and always delivers. This show features an impressive line-up and closes out with Chicago great Chelsea Hood.



May 3: April Macie at Zanies

This killer comic was on "Last Comic Standing," is a frequent guest on Howard Stern and is in town for seven shows over four nights at Zanies.



May 4: Chistosos en Chicago at Laugh Factory

A Cinco de Mayo show one day early and all in Spanish. Featuring Jaime de Leon and Sonal Aggarwal.








May 5: H. Jon Benjamin at Wilson Abbey

Actor and comedian H. Jon Benjamin makes a stop at Wilson Abbey on his book tour.








May 6: Ladies' Night Out Comedy Jam at Riddles

Rush Entertainme…

Warrior Dash or It's Not Always About Speed

My parents were in town this weekend from Texas. We rented an I-GO (actually, even better than that, I won the WEGO 10 monthly competition for 10 free hours with an I-GO, which was very sweet) and drove out to Channahon, Illinois for the Warrior Dash. This was my first "mud run" and I was pretty excited about it, because I've been creating an image of the mud run in my mind as a pseudo-hardcore fun run. I would say that I still feel that after running it, but I think now I see it as intentionally not hardcore. They're asking people to have fun, not to kill themselves.

My full review is up at Newcity - I ended up enjoying it a lot more than I expected, but most of that was just based on seeing it in a different way. This isn't really a run for runners. It's a run that tricks non-runners into thinking running is fun. More on that later (like several weeks from now later, not like later in this blog post).

Anyway, I ran with Brynn, and we made sure to take our req…