Run Amuck

Written by Leah Lemoine Category: Health & Fitness Issue: May 2012

Hardcore competitors are encouraged to run a sludge-filled obstacle course that includes a mud crawl, water walls, slip-and-slides, moutain climb, mud pit and giant mud troughs, while the less athletically inclined can opt for the more pedestrian – but just as filthy! – main course. Kids 13 and younger run for free, and weary competitors will find refuge at the Oasis, an aid station providing the parched with cold beer.   

Post-race, runners can rinse off in communal showers and donate their muddy shoes and clothes to charity – proof that you can play dirty and do good. For more information and to register, visit

Other Extreme Races
The Night Run: Trade the sun for the stars with The Night Run, an 8K race through Scottsdale residential areas and landmarks benefiting Workshops for Youth and Families, a local nonprofit. Glow sticks are provided and pajamas are welcome. Come early for a three-mile fun run/walk and stay later for live entertainment by the Repeat Offenders. May 12 in Scottsdale.

5K Foam Fest: Choose your own start time for this freewheeling mess of a run, where the foam and mud flies and wacky costumes are encouraged. Pre- and post-race festivities perpetuate the fun with a foam pit, greased pole, pull-up bar and free temporary tattoos. May 19 at McDonald’s Ranch in Scottsdale.

Mogollon Monster 100: Start training now for this beast of an endurance test, which winds around and through 106 miles of the Mogollon Rim. Participants climb a total of 18,000 feet of harsh terrain in elevation ranging from 5,000 to 8,000 feet. The Monster is best for seasoned runners seeking an extreme challenge. Sept. 28.