Teamwork is most effective in pairs, from the vaudeville acts of Laurel and Hardy to the crime-fighting melodies of Batman and Garfunkel. Reap the benefits of a sidekick with today's Groupon: for $45, you get one entry to The Dirty Hog Mud Run on May 5 at The Dirty Hog in Laurinburg (a $92 value). Waves begin every 20 minutes starting at 9 a.m.
The Dirty Hog’s mud-strewn obstacle course, designed by the U.S. Special Forces to emphasize teamwork and toughness, dares fearless competitors to get their hands filthy while barreling through 9–12 miles of grueling terrain that tests both wits and endurance. In order to prevail against the course's 20–25 physical and mental challenges, participants must scurry up dirt hills and stomp their way through a watered-down motocross track. Contestants will also have to flex their brains' biceps while solving puzzles that reward correct answers with easier paths and penalize incorrect answers with disciplinary parent-teacher conferences. Participants can only move on to the next checkpoint once everyone on their team has finished the current challenge; failure to complete challenges as a team can result in having to carry additional weight to the next checkpoint, such as bags of hog feed or granite statues of Jack LaLanne.
After competitors race across the finish line wearing dirt and relieved smiles, they receive T-shirts, free sandwiches, and color-coded wristbands for each challenge they successfully completed. Gladiators donning the most wristbands at the hot-pit after party may reap the benefits of special party privileges, such as personal congratulations from the Hog Girls or surgical attachment of off-roading tires.