This is our attempt to be useful to you, we all run Spartan Races here but that doesn't mean that we can't run other Obstacle Course Races. So why don't take a look at them, are they better or not?
This is the interest in the last 12 months. So far, Rugged Maniac is not a real competitor.
The first Rugged Maniac event was held in Southwick, Massachusetts, and hosted 2,000 race participants. The founder and CEO is Brad Scudder, a former attorney.
In 2013 Rugged Maniac appeared in Shark Tank Show and settled a deal with Mark Cuban on a $1.75 million investment for 25% of the business. Since then Rugged Maniac has expanded to Canada, increased in sales to $10.5 million.
In May 2016, American Cancer Society announced an official charity partnership with Rugged Maniac. Creating a fundraising platform in which participants can raise funds exclusively for the society. So far they have raised over $80.000 dollars! Not bad.
And always in 2016, Men's Health and Women's Health (magazine) announced its partnership with Rugged Races.
In 2013, Rugged Maniac Obstacle Race brand had revenues of $4.1 million, 2014 saw revenues of $5.2 million, and 2015 revenues grew to $8.5 million. Obviously, Shark Tank played a big role in this grow.
To compete with the others OCR, Rugged Maniac has implemented a new series of obstacles like “Antigravity” – a trampoline obstacle, it’s a constant arms race in this industry to have the best and biggest obstacles. Read the complete interview on heavy.com
Rugged Maniacs Distance:
3.1 miles with 25 obstacles
Spartan Race Distance:
Sprint: 3+ miles with 20 obstacles
Super: 8+ miles with 25 obstacles
Beast: 12+ miles with 30 obstacles
Ultra Beast: 26+ miles with 60 obstacles
Hurricane Heat: 3 or 4 hours
Hurricane Heat 12 Hours
When it comes to choices, Spartan Race win by a landslide.
And if you want to know which are the hardest Spartan Race course take a look here.
In terms of length, if you are able to end a Spartan Sprint, you'll have no problems. Because of the high number of obstacles in such a short distance, you'll be running maybe 1/2 of a mile.
The Rugged Maniacs obstacles don't require a lot of upper body strength. Some of them are very different and more "fun-oriented" from the ones you find at the Spartan Races.
Furthermore, you can skip them if you aren't able to overcome them.
One of the first rules for Rugged Maniacs is "mud everywhere", at the end of the race you'll find it in every corner of your body! You'll need great footwear gear to help you in the race.
A BIG difference with a Spartan Race is that at a Rugged Maniacs event you'll see a lot of people walking between the obstacles. The majority of them is not there to run but only to have fun challenging the obstacles.
Ones of the Rugged Maniacs' slogan is "WE'RE MORE THAN JUST A MUD RUN". And it is true, there will be a party, mechanical bulls, pie-eating challenges and stein-hoisting contests, and a DJ on the main stage.
A Spartan Race instead, is a race. So after the event, most of the people go back to their home/hotels to rest.
Rugged Maniacs cost vary from $48 - $119 (per person), all inclusive.
Spartan Race cost vary from $79 - $134 (per person)
In our opinion, the battle Spartan Race vs Rugged Maniacs doesn't have a real winner. They target two different type of customer, the competitive runner and who run for fun.
That doesn't mean that you can't run both races, it depends on what your goal. Do you want to have fun? Maybe you want to introduce some of your friends in the OCR's world.
If so, take them to a Rugged Maniacs, they won't run a lot, in fact, they will have a lot of fun challenging the obstacles. There is no penalty if you fail them (no burpee here) and the after-race is a big party.
But if you are in the mood to compete with others, to beat your last record, to RACE. Then do a Spartan Race.