• Phoenix,
    United States
  • April
  • 3 miles/5K
  • Mud/Obstacle Race

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50% FESTIVAL + 50% MUD RUN = 100% AWESOME!

Rugged Maniac is like recess for grown-ups, except our playground has a 3-story water slide, trampolines, and a fire jump, and there’s a huge festival right in the middle of everything with a DJ and plenty of beer! Sounds amazing, right?! Here’s how it works:


The 5,000-person party starts at 8:30 a.m. with a DJ on the main stage, booths giving away free stuff, all kinds of interactive games (mechanical bulls, dance-offs, stein-hoisting, pie-eating…), and tasty food and beer to keep you fueled all day. The best part? The festival and games are completely FREE, no ticket required, so even your least adventurous friends can join the party!


But the real fun happens out on the playground — our 3-mile course packed with 20+ epic obstacles designed to both challenge and thrill Maniacs of all fitness levels, from couch potatoes to marathoners. The course opens at 9 a.m. but you’ll select a specific time to run when you buy your tickets. If you’re a late sleeper, that means you can wake up at noon, run at 1:45 p.m., and then party the rest of the day! Or if you’re the competitive type, join the 9 a.m. “Elite Heat” to race other speedsters for a chance to be crowned the winner!

Each time slot is limited to just 200 Maniacs each, so grab your friends and reserve your spot before it sells out!

Samantha Roderigues

Massachusetts, United States
23 29
"Another AWESOME Rugged Maniac"
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Samantha Roderigues's thoughts:

I have run the Rugged Maniac New England for years now, and always have an amazing time, this race proved to be a very similar experience. Rugged Maniac are my favorite OCR brand since they cater to the widest range in skills and abilities. They have obstacles for everyone and I have taken many OCR, running, and non-running friends alike to their races for everyone to always have a blast and want to return the next year!

They upgraded to nice tech t-shirts this year. You also get a medal and really nice free race photos as always!

Aid stations were at every mile and had plenty of water.

The scenery was just desert, but you don't really run OCR for the scenery anyway.

They had a stage with live interactive entertainment going on. They also had a good amount of food and drinks being sold. They had a mechanical bull, which I tried!

Elevation was pretty easy, but they did add some in so it wasn't just flat desert which was nice!

Parking was really easy since it was at a motocross venue. The only thing was it got a bit crazy leaving if you had a heat toward the end of the event.

The Rugged Maniac's race management is one of my absolute favorites. They put on amazing races and are always kind and helpful when you need. I was late for my heat (by my own fault) and the changed my time quickly with no questions ask, at no cost.

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