Running a 5K is one of the great human challenges, alongside raising a child and peeling a ripe mango without basically ruining it. Go the distance with this Groupon.
- $39 for an individual entry in the Loon Mountain Monster Mud Run on Saturday, July 13 (up to a $70 value)
For one day in July, Loon Mountain's rolling slopes are transformed into a mud-filled, mountainous 5K obstacle run. Racers leap over log barriers, crawl under arbors of barbed wire and cargo nets, charge through mires of mud, and slip down hillsides into muddy pits as they rush to complete the course. All participants receive an official Monster Mud Run souvenir t-shirt and water bottle. Added festivities include a costume contest and a mini mud run for kids age 13 and younger (free to enter with parent permission). Registration and pre-registered check-in begins at 8 a.m.
Loon Mountain Resort
A gondola soars high above the slopes of Loon Mountain Resort, taking adventurers up the mountain. Below, skiers dart between trees on glade-covered trails, and snowboarders launch from kickers in the terrain park. In the summer, inquisitive hikers roam on the slopes. Encompassing more than 2,100 vertical feet across three towering peaks, Loon Mountain beckons outdoor explorers whether there's snow on the ground or the air fills with summer warmth.
In the winter, the three peaks challenge skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels with varied New England terrain. Steep drops and tight turns pervade slopes named Rip Saw, Walking Boss, Flume, and Speakeasy. Meanwhile, the West Base area offers lessons for children and adults, and a disabled sports program ensures all visitors learn the skills necessary to hit the mountain.
In warm weather, outdoor activities abound, especially in Aerial Forest Adventure Park. Here, adventurers glide down five zip-line courses, traverse Tibetan-style bridges, and scale ladders to escape their moms yelling that it's time for dinner. Year-round, the gondola ferries riders to the 3,500-foot summit of Loon Peak, where they can explore glacial caves or take in panoramic views of the White Mountains.