23 Epic Obstacle Course Races You NEED to Try This Spring

23 Epic Obstacle Course Races You NEED to Try This Spring

Are you the type of person who, despite having good intentions, always seems to find an excuse why you can't do something, especially when it comes to something difficult? Does a long day at the office derail your plan for a post-work training session? Do you let leftover muffins in the break room from the birthday of a coworker you barely know create a "special occasion" exception to your disciplined meal plan? 

And, perhaps worst of all, do you let the mundanity or stressful nature of life deteriorate your personal relationships — friends, family, kids, colleagues — until they're hanging by a thread?

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It's time to stop making excuses for yourself and take control of your life. What's the best way to accomplish that? Committing to something HARD, telling everyone (maybe even inviting them to join you), and showing no mercy until you reach that goal. From team-building obstacles, to grit-building terrain, jaw-dropping views, and life-changing cultural experiences, these obstacle course races will force you to commit and ultimately change the course of your life this year.

Ready to make a change? Here are all of the dates and details you need to get started. 

Obstacle Course Races This Spring on the Spartan and Tough Mudder 2023 Schedules

March 25-26, 2023

Folsom Spartan Event Weekend - Sprint, Super, Kids

The prairies that are normally home to cattle may seem timid at first glance, but this course lulls you into a false sense of security. The beautiful creeks wind through the oak woodlands mile after mile. Add in the wind and you have the ultimate weekend challenge.

Tough Mudder Jacksonville - 5K, 10K, and 15K

Jacksonville is a Spartan gem, and Tough Mudder is about to bring the heat in 2023. This March, Mudders will storm the Sunshine State to tackle winding trails, undulating and MUCKY terrain, and Florida humidity. 

April 1-2, 2023

Baylor Spartan Stadion Weekend - Stadion, Kids

This year, for the first time ever, we're bringing our 5K Stadion race to Baylor University's football field. McLane Stadium, Central Texas’ multi-functional sports and entertainment venue, hosts world-class music and sporting events throughout the year. Now it's adding Spartan to that list!

Related: The 2023 Spartan Race Schedule: Dates, Details, Venues, and More

Tough Mudder Los Angeles - 5K, 10K, and 15K

TM's bringing some serious star power back to San Bernardino's Glen Helen Raceway in April. Nestled at the feet of the San Bernardino Mountains, you'll take in scenic vistas while you conquer the epic obstacles and gnarly elevation changes that this course serves up. 

April 15-16, 2023

Charlotte Spartan Sprint Weekend - Sprint, Kids, 4-Hour Hurricane Heat

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Just outside of Charlotte, Porter Farms is the perfect obstacle race venue for athletes seeking terrain that keeps them guessing without the relentless climbing of a mountain course. Take on mud, multiple creeks, and a few surprises along the way with Spartan's classic obstacle lineup.

San Diego Spartan Sprint Weekend - Sprint, Kids

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Get ready for a Spartan Sprint 5K obstacle race that will change your life. This is our signature race distance. A fast-paced adventure through rugged terrain and 20 obstacles, it's built for race rookies and pros alike. It’s the perfect gateway into the world of Spartan and the ultimate SoCal weekend challenge.

April 22-23, 2023

Palm Beaches Spartan Sprint 5K Weekend - Sprint, Kids, 4-Hour Hurricane Heat

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The S. County Regional Park is located just minutes from the beach. Situated 40 minutes south of West Palm Beach and an hour north of Miami, this is the perfect spot for an active and relaxing vacation ... as long as you've earned it on race day. This course is a runner's paradise, one of the flattest and fastest on the schedule. Be on the lookout for back-to-back obstacle gauntlets and heavy carries.

Tough Mudder Atlanta - 5K, 10K, and 15K

2023 Tough Mudder Race Schedule

Get hyped. The signature 5K, 10K, and 15K formats are going down once again at the beautiful Bouckaert Farm in April. Have you EVER seen this much mud before? Just 30 miles from downtown Atlanta, the miles of winding deep forest trails, famous red clay mud, and world-class obstacles will push you to meet your best self, both physically and mentally. 

April 29-30, 2023

Tri-State New Jersey Spartan Super 10K and Sprint 5K Weekend - Sprint, Super, Kids 

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Meet Vernon Peak, New Jersey's largest ski mountain. With 1,040 feet of vertical and a summit of 1,480 feet, this course will shoot you up and down at will. It's one of Spartan's toughest mountain courses. Get ready for dizzying climbs, rocky descents, and stunning views from the peak.

Tough Mudder Missouri - 5K, 10K, and 15K

Prepare to let it rip at the WWT Raceway for the first time ever this April, Mudders.

May 6-7, 2023

Montana Spartan Trifecta Weekend - Sprint, Super, Beast, Ultra, Kids

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On this sprawling 2,000-acre elk preserve, we're hosting every race distance available, making this an ideal race for racers of all fitness levels. Prepare for sweeping landscapes and rewarding climbs on every course. This venue is located directly on the shores of Flathead Lake, the largest naturally occurring freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. The terrain, obstacles, and the stunning views of Glacier National Park will leave you breathless.

May 13-14, 2023

Raymond James Spartan Stadion Weekend - Stadion, Kids

Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is Spartan's newest addition to the 2023 Stadion 5K schedule. Raymond James Stadium is no stranger to large sporting events, music festivals, and superstar concerts, and this 5K is like no other. Run through the bleachers, run past the iconic pirate ship, and listen to the famous animatronic parrot. Make sure your quads and calves are in tip-top shape, because these stairs are no joke.

Fayetteville Spartan Trifecta Weekend - Sprint, Super, Beast, Ultra, Kids

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A family-owned farm might not sound like an intimidating place, but don't let that fool you. McCormick Farms is made up of more than 1,000 acres, complete with rich, dense forest, a 200-foot deep quarry, rolling hills, and steep riverbanks that will test your technical ability. Voted a favorite venue by Spartan staff, it features an amazing festival area and is located near Fort Bragg, and local skeet shooting, to keep the action going when you're not on the race course.

Tough Mudder Wisconsin - 5K and 10K

Another new venue on the 2023 Tough Mudder schedule, this mid-May, 5K and 10K Wisconsin weekend — just 35 minutes from Milwaukee — invites you to get down and dirty at Heritage Trails County Park. Come see what you're really made of (and maybe even set a PR) over 234 acres of rolling hills, prairies, and forests.

May 20-21, 2023

Austin Spartan Event Weekend - Sprint, Super, Kids

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Welcome to Reveille Peak Ranch. Located in Burnet, Texas, this ranch offers over 62 miles that wind and weave through fields of wildflowers and cacti, dry creek beds, and exposed granite outcroppings — all the makings of an authentic Texan Spartan obstacle course race. Even with the hilly Texas terrain, prepare for a race that moves at a highly competitive clip.

Big Bear Spartan Trifecta Event Weekend - Sprint, Super, Beast, Kids

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What makes Big Bear Mountain Resort one of the most rewarding race venues in the world? Climbs, climbs, and more climbs taking you as high as 8,200 feet above sea level. What goes up must come down, so get ready to bomb over 1,200 feet of descent. Be warned: This is a race your calves will never forget. Off the course, enjoy some of Southern California's premier entertainment, local culture, food, and lodging.

Related: The 2023 Tough Mudder Race Schedule: Dates, Details, Venues, and More

Tough Mudder Philly - 5K, 10K, 15K, Infinity

Things are about to get dirty as hell in the beautiful Brandywine Valley. Get ready Philly Phanatics, because TM is coming back to Plantation Field in Coatesville. Your entire Mudder crew will be tested against miles of muddy, winding trails and legendary obstacles all weekend long. 

June 3-4, 2023

Monterey Spartan Event Weekend - Sprint, Super, Kids, 4-Hour Hurricane Heat

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Welcome to beautiful Toro Park. Located just 6 miles from downtown Salinas, this park is teeming with picturesque woods and rolling golden hills, and it features ideal coastal California weather. A true fan favorite, this course boasts all of the demanding features that you've come to know from Spartan: brutal climbs, open-field sprints, and our famous punishing obstacles, all ready to set your muscles ablaze. 

Come pound your way through these rugged trails while enjoying some of the most beautiful views that the Golden State has to offer. While your muscles will be on fire and begging for mercy, the awe-inspiring scenery makes everything worth it. It's an amazing place to truly become unbreakable. 

June 10-11, 2023

Cincinnati Spartan Trifecta Weekend - Sprint, Super, Beast, Kids

After a short time apart, Spartan is excited to be back at Perfect North Slopes for a fourth time. Just 30 minutes outside of Cincinnati, this ski resort will challenge racers with a nice mixture of hills, flat-field running, and some water and mud to add that extra layer of difficulty. Expect this to be a fast, yet challenging, Trifecta weekend. Plus, don't forget to bring the kids! There is more than enough mud for the entire family.

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Parking for the event will be located onsite. The festival will be integrated with the Base Lodge, including a nice obstacle viewing area. When you're off the course, enjoy all that Cincinnati has to offer: gardens, mountains, and museums. No matter what you’re into, you’ll find it exploring the Buckeye State.

Colorado Springs Spartan Trifecta Event Weekend - Sprint, Super, Beast, Kids

Come race up steep climbs and rugged trails, and experience our patented muscle-burning obstacles, which are guaranteed to give your body and mind a rigorous test. This is where citizens become soldiers, where the brutal terrain and elevation zaps lungs, and where you can take on the challenge of conquering this gritty, relentless course.

Tough Mudder New England - 5K, 10K, and 15K

2023 Tough Mudder Race Schedule

Welcome to the iconic Stratton Mountain in southern Vermont, which is easily accessible from all major metro locations in the Northeast U.S. This monstrosity of a peak is the tallest pinnacle in the southern Green Mountains, so come prepared for an extreme challenge: daunting elevation gain, gnarly single-track trails, and miles of stunning New England scenery.

June 17-18, 2023

Tri-State New York Spartan Event Weekend - Sprint, Kids

racers hold up their medals at a spartan obstacle course race in bethel new york

We’re headed back to the grooviest venue on our schedule: the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, a.k.a. the home of the 1969 Woodstock festival. This course is covered in sloping hills and rolling terrain. Conquer it to earn your finisher medal where 500,000 people shared three days of peace and music.

Tough Mudder Michigan - 5K, 10K, and 15K

We're bringing back the muddy mayhem to Koenig Sand and Gravel this June. Less than an hour from downtown Motor City, you'll put the pedal to the metal on an insane course full of rolling hills, tree-lined trails, scenic lakes, and thrilling obstacles. 

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