From Our Editors
Any race requires endurance and speed, but the Xtreme Obstacle Challenge also tests balance, upper-body strength, and problem-solving skills. More than 20 obstacles populate the 3-mile course, each one requiring a different approach. In the Matrix, for instance, runners navigate a tangled web of ropes that cross horizontally, rising as high as their waist. A firm grip is a must at Hang Tough, a gauntlet of gymnastic rings competitors traverse like dangling monkey bars. And perhaps the most testing of them all, Dizzy Lizzy confronts runners with an angled spinning disc—decorated with a hypnotic spiral—that they must ascend without losing their balance or getting very, very sleepy.