Early humans developed the ability to sprint in order to chase down sprightly prey and invented long-distance running to escape from slowly approaching glaciers. Follow in their fossilized footsteps with this Groupon.
$49 for Entry to Mudsanity Race ($99 Value)
On Saturday, October 13, participants follow a 5-mile course along the banks of Lake Frances, slogging through mud and navigating creative obstacles. At the post-race Oktoberfest party—which lasts all weekend—athletes can nosh on brats and burgers, have a few beers in the beer garden, and join a cornhole tournament as strains of live music fill the air.
After competing together on the 1996 US Olympic gymnastics team, John Macready and John Roethlisberger channeled their enthusiasm into another athletic venture—except in this one, the balance beams were replaced with mud fields. Mudsanity—a 5-mile mud run—resulted. The race’s permanent home by the banks of Lake Frances ensures boggy terrain and allows the founders to build creative obstacles right into the scenery. These obstacles range from mountains of hay bales to steep hills and outright vertical climbs. After the race, athletes relax at an Oktoberfest party that lasts all weekend, complete with live music, piping-hot bratwursts, and beer grown in the onsite beer garden.