Not to be confused with the title of this blog, adventure racing and adventure challenges have quickly grown into a “sport” that can no longer go unnoticed. When the term is used, it conjures up images of men and women covered in mud, wearing horned hats as if they just left Fred and Barney at a Water Buffalo Lodge meeting. The Spartan Race, Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash are just a few of the events on the ever growing list of neanderthalic activities. The question we have to ask ourselves is, “Are these legitimate races for runners?” In a word, no. I am not going to tell you that these challenges are not fun or physically demanding but they definitely do not qualify as events in which runners should participate. First and most importantly is the risk of injury. Do you really want to jeopardize losing your racing season or worse? If you run 5k’s or marathons you are taking a calculated risk but when confronting an array of dangerous obstacles, your risk for breaking an ankle or tearing a ligament rises substantially.
Do these events have any merit at all? Absolutely! I’m not going to downplay the physical and mental ability it requires to finish most of these challenges. If these events are your “cup of tea” and you have no ambition to take running seriously, good for you. Be proud of what you do. But unfortunately, I find more and more of my fellow runners being lured into a sport that I believe to be a fad, filled with unnecessary risks.© Copyright 2012 The Hornet, All rights Reserved. Written For: Adventures In Running