Obstacle Races in California

Showing 1 - 29 of 29 events
AUG10
Registration Perks
Epic Series Huntington Beach

Get ready for an obstacle challenge of EPIC proportions! This ain't your grandma's mud run. EPIC Series is the next generation of obstacle course racing that combines functional cross-training, Strongman, and traditional obstacle course racing elements into the most EPIC course on the planet. No mud, no long-distance running, no ice baths or electric shocks. With Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced options at every challenge station, Athletes of all ability levels can conquer this course and #beEPIC!

$35 - $80
Epic Series Huntington Beach
SEP17
Registration Perks
Epic Series – San Diego

Get ready for an obstacle challenge of EPIC proportions! This ain't your grandma's mud run. EPIC Series is the next generation of obstacle course racing that combines functional cross-training, Strongman, and traditional obstacle course racing elements into the most EPIC course on the planet. No mud, no long-distance running, no ice baths or electric shocks. With Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced options at every challenge station, Athletes of all ability levels can conquer this course and #beEPIC!

$35 - $55
Epic Series – San Diego
AUG3
Registration Perks
Spartan Race - Angel Stadium - Stadion

Its Rally Time, Los Angeles.

The Stadion was an ancient Greek running event and a historic, original Olympic Game. It got its name from the storied stadium it took place in. Now, were letting you compete in the legendary stadiums of today and add to their history. But unlike Ancient Greece, all levels are encouraged to take part and enjoy themselves. No matter your level, set your own personal record and etch a new chapter in your own history book.

$89
Spartan Race - Angel Stadium - Stadion
AUG10
Kids Obstacle Challenge - Bay Area
San Mateo, CA, United States

Kids Obstacle Challenge is a place where a scraped knee doesn't stop you, where "I can't" is replaced with "I will," where parents are teammates, and kids are their own heroes.

$36 - $43
Kids Obstacle Challenge - Bay Area
SEP22
Auburn California Great Auburn Obstacle Race
Auburn, CA, United States

This race is a 5k fun-run and features a myriad of obstacles, including (but not limited to) a maze, tire run, pond crossing in a raft, wall climbs, weighted-sled pull, a creek crossing, over and under, and of course a mud pit.

$35
Auburn California Great Auburn Obstacle Race
OCT5
Registration Perks
Tough Mudder – Norcal
Petaluma, CA, United States

Tough Mudder is more than a mud run - its an epic teamwork experience. On the weekend 5-6 October 2019, lace up to break free from the everyday and show your weekend who's boss. No timing chips or first-place medals here - just an un-timed challenge that'll show you what you're made of and teach you what teamwork is all about. 5-6 October 2019.

Tough Mudder 5K: 3 miles, 13 obstacles

Tough Mudder Classic: 8-10 miles, 25 obstacles

Tougher Mudder: Same course as the Classic, but competitively timed.

$55 - $129
Tough Mudder – Norcal
OCT19
Registration Perks
Toughest Mudder – West Las Vegas

Toughest Mudder is guaranteed to push you past anything youve ever experienced before, and this year you can share the glory, if you choose, in one of our all-new 2 or 4 person Team Relay formats. Assemble your crew and see if they really are as tough as nails.

Wanna take it one step further? Hit the dedicated miles attached to Male, Female and Team Relay to qualify for Contender status at Worlds Toughest Mudder.

Think youre the toughest Mudder on the west coast? Prove it at Americas Toughest Mudder West Regional at Lake Las Vegas. Only 35 minutes from the famous Las Vegas Strip, this rocky desert course surrounded by a massive lake with lung burning elevation is gonna take everything youve got. Gear up, push past your limits, and take your shot at podium glory.

$150 - $569
Toughest Mudder – West Las Vegas
OCT19
Registration Perks
Tough Mudder – Las Vegas

Tough Mudder is more than a mud run - its an epic teamwork experience. Lace up to break free from every day and show your weekend who's boss. No timing chips or first-place medals here - just an un-timed challenge that'll show you what you're made of and teach you what teamwork is all about. 19-20 October 2019

Tough Mudder 5K: 3 miles, 13 obstacles

Tough Mudder Classic: 8-10 miles, 25 obstacles

Tougher Mudder: Same course as the Classic, but competitively timed.

$55 - $129
Tough Mudder – Las Vegas
OCT26
Registration Perks
Spartan Race – SoCal - Ultra, Beast, and Sprint Weekend

Spartan rolls into SoCal for the final West Coast Beast of the 2019 race season. Tejon Ranch will play host to a race that will put even the most seasoned Spartan veterans to the test.

Located just an hour north of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, the majority of Tejon Ranch remains in its natural state making for one of the more picturesque courses on the Spartan circuit. Spartan racers will traverse the virtually untouched land while climbing steep inclines, rugged mountains, oak-covered rolling hills, and heavily wooded valleys. Try not be get too distracted by the breathtaking views of the Southern California landscape.

$79 - $109
Spartan Race – SoCal - Ultra, Beast, and Sprint Weekend
NOV2
Registration Perks
Tough Mudder – Socal
Lake Elsinore, CA, United States

Same Epic Venue, Brand New Course

Tough Mudder Classic SoCal is invading Lake Elsinore, and its gonna be insane. The rocky, lakeside terrain might be beautiful, but dont let that fool you. This is one mud soaked, obstacle packed course thats gonna push you and your crew past your limits. Perfectly located between LA and San Diego, Lake Elsinore is the best place to be to test your toughness, and have a blast doing it.

Tough Mudder 5K: 3 miles, 13 obstacles

Tough Mudder Classic: 8-10 miles, 25 obstacles

Tougher Mudder: Same course as the Classic, but competitively timed.

$55 - $129
Tough Mudder – Socal
NOV16
Registration Perks
Spartan Race – Laughlin - Super and Sprint Weekend
Laughlin, NV, United States

Welcome to Laughlin, Nevada! Located 90 miles south of Las Vegas, 230 miles north of Phoenix and 280 miles east of Los Angeles, this venue is conveniently central for our Southwest Spartans.

Laughlin is a diamond in the desert. Sitting by the Colorado River, its known for gaming, entertainment, and water recreation. This lively strip in the middle of the desert is prepared for a Spartan invasion with its nine different resorts with nearly 11,000 rooms.

This area is so much more than a family-friendly entertainment attraction. Its part of the Mojave Desert, the driest desert in North America, growing 2,000 species of plants and home to a protected desert tortoise. While running on course youll be surrounded by breathtaking mountain ranges, including Spirit Mountain. Yuman-speaking Native Americans believe Spirit Mountain to be the center of all creation.

The Sprint and Super courses will be a mixture of dusty desert tracks, beautiful mountain views and flat, wide-open spaces. While you wont encounter elevation gain or mud on this course, you can use this as an opportunity to open up your stride and run wild.

$79 - $89
Spartan Race – Laughlin - Super and Sprint Weekend
NOV16
Registration Perks
Spartan Race – Sacramento - Super & Sprint Weekend
Rancho Murieta, CA, United States

Van Vleck Ranch is the closest thing Spartan Race has on its calendar to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. If the weather remains dry, you will be confronted with an arduous, rolling landscape that goes as far as the eye can see. Should it rain, you will be presented with one of the most technical terrains you could hope to encounter -- it will become slippery and the slopes will become a battle for even the most seasoned racer.

Thats what makes Sacramento such a special venue. Prairies that are normally home to the cattle may seem timid at first glance, but this venue lulls you into a false sense of security. The lakes on the venue have a clay that will stick to you and bog you down if you let it. The hills, while not high, are relentless and roll on for mile after mile. Add in the wind that rushes over the venue and you have the perfect cocktail of terrain, the elements, and of course, obstacles to test your mettle.

Such is the popularity of this northern California venue, that many southern Californians - and those from further afield make the annual pilgrimage to one of the most exciting events on the calendar. Remember that should the weather take a turn for the worse, youre a Spartan, and Spartans never surrender.

$79 - $89
Spartan Race – Sacramento - Super & Sprint Weekend
NOV23
Spartan Race - AT&T Park - Stadion

Can you feel the energy, San Fran? Run around the concourse. Rope climb in the outfield. Do burpees in the dugout. Challenge yourself to three miles that will include 20+ signature obstacles.

If youre going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some really, really comfortable shoes. Okay, so those arent the lyrics to the citys flagship tune, but San Francisco is a city of hills. Let it be known: taking on the citys state-of-the-art stadium is no walk in the park. Of course, Spartans can expect to be thrown a few curve balls (so to speak) as they navigate staircases, dugouts, and tunnels that make up the parks five levels. Theres nothing quite like running across a Major League Baseball field thats full of obstacles.

$89
Spartan Race - AT&T Park - Stadion
DEC7
Registration Perks
Spartan Race - Los Angeles - Sprint
Castaic, CA, United States

About 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles and just a little ways from Santa Clarita sits Castaic Lake State Recreation Area. A hidden jewel of the Southern California crown, it is home to beloved trails for hikers and mountain bikers.

The numerous miles of trails will certainly test the Spartan community. Theres also a good chance that this course could venture close (or even into) the lake. Given the views from the camping areas, spectators and well-wishers can expect to be treated to some stunning scenery, and witness their loved ones grappling with the many obstacles.

The steep trails will offer a true test. Should it happen to rain, this will quickly become one of the muddiest races on the Spartan Race calendar.

$79
Spartan Race - Los Angeles - Sprint
DEC14
Registration Perks
Spartan Race - Central California - Ultra and Beast Weekend
Los Olivos, CA, United States

This December, NorCal and SoCal will unite at Ted Chamberlin Ranch for an epic day on an Ultra or Beast course. The ranch has a stunning view of the Santa Ynez Mountains, but dont let its beauty fool you. You will have to work hard to reach the finish line.

There might not be any steep climbs, but theres not a flat trail in sight. Rolling hills cover the ranchs grounds, making for a tough run on top of 30 or 60 obstacles. Whether you conquer 13 or 30 miles is up to you. Either way, get ready for a challenge your quads will never forget.

$109 - $250
Spartan Race - Central California - Ultra and Beast Weekend
FEB8
Rad Dogs Mud Run

Rad Dogs Mud Run is the ONLY mud run designed specifically for people AND dogs! No longer will you have to leave your furbaby at home, because every obstacle is suited for both those with two legs, as well as four legs. Taking place at the picturesque Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center, San Diego, the Rad Dogs Mud Run will feature a 5k muddy obstacle course that will build amazing memories for you, and your dog. Get dirty, overcome obstacles, and most of all have fun! After the race, socialize, unwind, and tell tails of your adventures in the commons area that will feature live acoustic music, food and drinks for purchase, as well as a vendor section.

$39 - $67
Rad Dogs Mud Run
APR4
Registration Perks
Tough Mudder – Los Angeles

Take on the hills in Tough Mudder LA. Get stuck in and test your limits by attempting as many of the obstacles as you can. Come and enjoy the free ice-cold finisher beer whilst showing off your new finisher's headband.

$20 - $109
Tough Mudder – Los Angeles
NOV9
Registration Perks
Warrior Dash – California (Los Angeles)
Castaic, CA, United States

Warrior Dash is the obstacle course race and festival enjoyed by over three million Warriors worldwide. Since 2009, this is the get-dirty race anyone can start and everyone can finish. And once youre done, get ready to party at a festival with a live DJ, great beer, activities and sponsors and the best people watching ever.

Its BYOBBring Your Own Beard. Or giant turtle costume. Or matching tutus. You bring the weird, and we love you for it. Warrior Nation is the diverse crew of athletes and couch potatoes, families and weekend warriors, run-for-a-cause-ers and veteran racers all united by the Warrior Creed and the love of a good time.

Booking Closed
Warrior Dash – California (Los Angeles)
NOV16
Registration Perks
Rugged Maniac – Temecula
Temecula, CA, United States

You could spend your Saturday running errands or binge-watching TV, but wouldnt it be more fun to do something absolutely insane with your friends?!

Picture this: You arrive at Galway Downs on November 16th with a carload of your most adventurous friends. As you step out you notice the people around you admiring your groups coordinated Avengers-in-bathing-suits costumes and your on-point Hulk-green body paint. In the festival, people are already riding the mechanical bull and playing beach volleyball (Rugged Maniac is definitely more than just a mud run), but youre more interested in the stein-hoisting contest on the main stage. You make a note to sign up for that and the pie-eating contest after you run. You see obstacles in the distance mud-covered people jumping over fire, bouncing on trampolines, rocketing down a huge water slide and your surging excitement confirms what you already knew: Today is going to be awesome!

Stop daydreaming. Grab your friends and get your tickets now!

$39 - $59
Rugged Maniac – Temecula
NOV24
Agoura Hills California Muddy Warriors Xperience
Agoura Hills, CA, United States

Are you ready for a challenge that will build up your confidence and self worth and make you realize that you can accomplish things you never thought possible? Sign up now for the MUDDY WARRIORS XPERIENCE coming to Agoura Hills, CA this 2018.

MUDDY WARRIORS XPERIENCE is a trail run, which will test your strength, overall fitness and your will. This is not a traditional race. You will be challenged over trails, hills and fun obstacles that you must attempt in order to be marked as Finished. You may register as an individual or register with a team. The MW XPERIENCE is about not quitting, helping people around you that need it and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone.

Agoura Hills California Muddy Warriors Xperience
FEB22
Grit OCR

The Grit OCR race course features a 10K course that is 95% dirt trails with 5% old paved asphalt, throughout the course will be 20+ obstacles that are designed to test the strength of your whole body, pushing you to the next level of strength and fitness. We believe that anyone can do this, but it won't be easy, you will scream, you will hate it, you will love it, and you will have an awesome time!

The Grit OCR race course features a challenging 10K course that consists of 95% dirt trails with 5% old paved asphalt, throughout the course will be 20+ obstacles that are designed to test the strength of your whole body, pushing you to the next level of strength and fitness. We believe that anyone can do this, but it won't be easy, you will scream, you will hate it, you will love it, and you will have an awesome time!

Grit OCR

Can't find an event?

Let us know the name and we'll add it as fast as possible.
We're talking Usain Bolt fast.

What you need to know about Obstacle Races

Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) involves a competitor travelling on foot overcoming various physical challenges or obstacles. The most common form of these are a combination of mud and trail runs, and the big players in the space are Tough Mudder, Spartan Race & Born Survivor.

Different obstacle event types

The obstacles used are often similar to those used in military training and tend to include climbing over walls, carrying heavy objects, traversing bodies of water, crawling under barbed wire and jumping through fire. They’re epic when done with friends, and these events are big on the social side so get a team together, get the war paint on and get ready for big celebrations and post-race beers.

Find the right obstacle race for you

These obstacle races are happening all over the world, with varying style and difficulty, so it’s time to jump on that bandwagon! Here are some of our most popular events, if you haven’t done one before, you absolutely must.

Showing 29 of 29 results
List view iconList
Map view iconMap