I’m been a fairly vocal opponent of obstacle races like the Tough Mudder. I see no reason to run a “race” that requires me to get electrocuted, climb through barbed wire, or do other activities likely to cause injury. However, I was recently contacted by a promoter of the Alpine Adventure Challenge—a local obstacle race/mud run—and I’ve decided that I’m going to give it a try!
The Alpine Adventure Challenge is actually two races held at ski hills in Slinger, WI (May 31 & June 1, 2014) and Wild Rose, WI (July 19-20, 2014). I did a little research and was pleasantly surprised to find the following language on the website:
…our courses are designed to be easy enough for just about anyone to finish.
No, the race is not timed. The Alpine Adventure Challenge is about two things: Teamwork & Accomplishment – That feeling that you have accepted the challenge and conquered it is a truly amazing one.
Any water that you may need to cross will be no more than 3’-4’ deep and will have lifeguards on duty. Duck floaties are accepted if you need them.
This race actually looks like fun! And I can wear my duck floaties! 🙂
Of course, I had to check out the course details for mentions of barbed wire or live electrical wires. Finding none of that, it looks like runners can expect obstacles like:
- Cargo net
- Monkey bars
- Mud (of course)
- Water (with optional duck floaties)
- Rope climb
- Balance beam
- Cow Mat
What on earth is a cow mat? I googled it and it wanted to auto complete “cow mating.” This is Wisconsin, but I don’t think that’s happening on the course. I guess I’ll have to find out for myself. But, I digress.
There are over 20 obstacles (it looks like some of them are repeated), and every participant gets a race t-shirt. It’s spectator-friendly, and there are food and drinks available for purchase (athletes get one free drink ticket). The race looks like a lot of fun! My husband and I are signed up to do the Little Switzerland race on June 1, and I’m hoping we can get some friends to join us—some to participate, and others to hang out with the kiddos and watch us get covered in mud.
Of course, I encourage you to enter to win the free entry below. However, if you don’t win, or if you’re anxious to sign up, use the discount code AACBLOG to get $5 off your registration for either event.
Enter to Win
The race organizers have graciously agreed to provide one race entry (valid for the event of your choice) to a reader of Gross Gets Fit. You can enter up to five times, by completing one or more of the following actions. Please complete each action only once. Repetitive entries of the same action will be deleted.
- Leave a comment indicating what you think you would enjoy most about a race like this, or share a story from a similar race you’ve participated in.
- Share this blog post as a public status update on Facebook, and post the URL of your update as an additional comment (hint: click the timestamp to get the unique URL for your post).
- Tweet a link to this post (use the tweet below if you want) and post the URL of your tweet as an additional comment.
- Like Alpine Adventure Challenge on Facebook, and leave a comment letting them know you heard about them on Gross Gets Fit. Add an extra comment on this post letting me know you did that to get the extra entry.
- Follow @AAChallengeLS on Twitter, and let them know you heard about them from @LizGross144. Add an extra comment on this post letting me know you did that to get the extra entry.
Don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away. To deter spam, I have to approve your post if it’s the first time you’ve commented on Gross Gets Fit.
The contest will run until Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. CDT. I will randomly choose a winner, who will be contacted that evening at the email address provided when submitting the comment. If the winner doesn’t respond by 6:00 p.m. the following day, I will choose another winner. Good luck, and get dirty!
Disclosure: I was given two free race entries in exchange for writing a post promoting the Little Switzerland and Nordic Mountain events, and a subsequent race report once I complete the Little Switzerland event. All opinions stated here are my own. The race promoters did not have editorial oversight of this post.