8 Obstacle and Mud Races for Kids
Did you know there are special obstacles and mud races that are kid friendly or even made just for kids? Don’t miss out on an action packed summer!
Why should adults have all the fun?
“Our mission is to inspire kids to get out, be active and enjoy themselves.
We encourage kids to jump, run, get muddy, help each other and have a good time while conquering obstacles. It’s never too young to set goals and celebrate accomplishing them—an epic feeling universal for all ages.
Most importantly though, we keep it fun.”
“At the Color Vibe 5k run, YOU are the color canvas, and when you’re finished with us you’ll be an exciting and vivid masterpiece. So tag your friends and hook everybody up with the coolest 5k run to hit the streets. This is one amazing color blast you won’t want to miss! Register for the color craziness today before we are sold out in your city.”
Kids 12 and under are FREE! (Processing fee still applies) All kids must be registered in order to participate.
“The nearly 1/2 mile Little Monster’s course is designed for children under the age of 10. With safety being the most important aspect, there is plenty of opportunity for the Little Monsters to get down and dirty just like their folks! … Registration is required.” So sign up fast!
This family-friendly race competition is modeled after the TV show The Amazing Race, where teams of two (adults and kids grades K–12) complete a one-mile course speckled with fun team-oriented challenges. Check their list, and see when they’ll be in your area!
Is the idea of a mud run too dirty for you? Rather do something a little cleaner? Try Bubble Run! Kids six and under are free with a paid adult, and jogging strollers are welcomed.
“This fun-filled course is right-sized for our racers ages four to eight. The TadPole Dash is eight+ obstacles, through 400 meters, and is guaranteed to deliver a new experience of self-discovery. Children will learn they can take on these new and exciting challenges … getting totally muddy and having the time of their lives.
Navy SEALs run the race with the kids, motivating them, entertaining them, and helping them over the tough spots and inspire them with the spirit of never quitting, teamwork, and always trying your best. Start a lifetime love of fitness and competition at the Tadpole Dash.”
“Tough Mudder ain’t just for grown-ups anymore. Introducing Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder: a one-mile obstacle course designed specifically for kids. Featured at all Tough Mudder events in the US, UK and Ireland and open to kids over 42” tall, Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder gives kids a chance to work as a team, get muddy and experience the thrill of adventure.”
Presented by the Air Force Reserves for ages 12 and under.
“Even the kids can join in on the Savage Race action! The Savage Junior Race is a great way to get the kids involved in the day’s festivities and provide an adventurous memory they won’t soon forget. The race will feature 10–12 junior obstacles laid out on a fun and challenging 1/2 mile course.”
Paul Merced is design editor of Learning Liftoff. His passion and style for illustrating, photography, and design is a great blend for the educational field. With a BA in digital art from George Mason University, Paul is working on illustrating a children's book that will be released in the next few years. As a former bookseller, Paul loves reading his large collection of books and graphic novels.