TIaRT: Unconventional Races

It’s time for TIaRT and OOKate asks:

What’s the most unconventional race you’ve ever run? Have you run a race like North Carolina’s “Take Pride in your Hide” naked race? Does your local running group have “prediction runs” where everyone guesses their finish time, and the winner is the person who has the closest guess? How about a Mud Run? If you could make up a wacky race, what would the twist be?

I’ve run three races that you could call unconventional, two of which I have run twice and all of which I intent to run every year if possible. These are definitely some of my favourite races.

The City Chase is a unique urban adventure that requires participants to exhibit teamwork, resourcefulness, determination and the ability to make decisions on the fly as they search for ChasePoints scattered in unknown locations throughout the city. ChasePoints are designed to test teams with a variety of physical, mental, and otherwise adventurous challenges.

Mud Run is Canada’s Dirtiest 10K and the most fun you can have running off road. The Mud Run is definitely NOT your ordinary trail run. It has hills, river crossings, climbing walls, tunnel crawls, hay bales and lots of mud. Everyone finishes with a spectacular romp (but in most cases a dive) in a world-renowned mud pit.

Runners are invited to explore the stunning vineyards and sample Niagara’s premium wines at the Runner’s Expo, along the Picturesque Course and at the Finish Area Street Party.


The week is going well. I had a killer workout at H.O.T. on Thursday (my arms, chest and shoulders are screaming today) and a speedy 10K with the group last night. Tonight I was hoping to make it to Spin, but the time slot doesn’t work for me so I’m running at lunch and hitting the gym to squeeze in whatever I can after work. Then it’s off to see New Moon!

Happy Thursday (almost Friday)!

32 thoughts on “TIaRT: Unconventional Races

  1. How fun are those races?? I am not sure if I would ever do a MUD run…I just dont like being that dirty.. Heheh.. Now the wine? I could totally go for that, although I prefer Beer..You are sooo lucky to get to see New Moon tonight..I expect a full report, without any spoilers of course, I have not read the books πŸ™‚ I think hubby and I are going on Sunday.Hugs!

  2. I did the Mud Run this year and it was a blast!!! So bummed to hear after that the course marking was all loopy- I thought I had a GREAT 10km time!!! Next year… And this wine run too- I have to do that!

  3. I did the Mud Run this year and it was a blast!!! So bummed to hear after that the course marking was all loopy- I thought I had a GREAT 10km time!!! Next year… And this wine run too- I have to do that!

  4. i love your photos!!!!!!!!!!! you have some great nontraditional race experience :)sounds like everything is going well!!!!!! way to work so hard all the time!!!!!! (do you ever get tired?! :))new moon!!!! *sigh*

  5. hey,omg the mud run sounds totally cool! i didnt even know we have something in toronto like this. i soooooo wanna do this race.i am going to look into it for 2010 and add it to my calendar!great post today. you have done amazing races. good job!

  6. Now that wine-country run is an idea i can definitely get behind. Yummm πŸ˜‰ haha the mud thing? definitely want to sign up for one of those, that looks so fun! you get pretty creative with your race selections!

  7. Are you going to a midnight screening? Have fun!!!Those all sound like they are such fun events. I've wanted to do the City Chase but it just hasn't happened. Considering that it has been raining buckets in Calgary the last two years that it has been held I may not be too inclined to sign up next year!

  8. Adventure races, mudd runs, and any thing else crazy is what this sport is all about. Keeping it fresh and fun…right!I must admit taking the time off of the heavy training miles of running what what I needed. I am fresh and look forward to the training weeks ahead. :))

  9. Those races sound fun – especially the mud run! I am still new to running so haven't delved into the crazy runs yet – still working on running 6 miles without dying. But friends & I have started an annual "boozer cruizer" tour where we take our cruiser bikes and go on a jaunt stopping at different places on the way for beers. Great fun!

  10. those must be some great memories… i think the mud run would be awesome, but i'm not sure i have the personality for the City Chase… getting someone to change shirts with me HAHA. I'll live vicariously through your race reports πŸ˜€

  11. WoW – three cool races! Toronto isn't that far away from me but its still a little bit of a hike for that city chase race! I know that my city is starting a new racing thing in May but it's a mini triathlon thing with kayaking instead of swimming i think which really isnt that much fun.

  12. Nice pics!Hey we were both at the 2008 and 2009 Mud run!I don't think I'll be doing another one, they keep screwing up on the organization. I think I'll take a year off in 2010 and hope they get their thing together.

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