As a CrossFit gym owner and endurance racer we get this question every few weeks “Coach, which one is hardest, the Spartan Race or Tough Mudder? Check out the videos and race statistics and you be the judge.
Spartan Race 2012 PA All Obstacles First Person View
Spartan Sprints are muddy 3+ MILES / 15+ OBSTACLES course races.
Spartan Malibu Sprint Race 12/01/12
Saturday Elites – 216 finishers
Fastest – 0:26
Slowest – 4:16
Median – 1:07
Running the Tough Mudder / BEAR GRYLLS / Seattle
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The typical Tough Mudder course is 10 to 12 miles (16–19 km) long and features 20–25 obstacles. There are six different courses, including the Arena, Backwoods, Open Range, Off-Road, Mountain, and Muscle courses.
Questions from athletes in our gym and readers online.
from Shane Henderson: Spartan Beast (13-14 Miles) is far more difficult than the Tough Mudder (11-12 Miles). TM is a team based event and not a race. So you always have help. SRB is an individual race, has harder obstacles, and there’s a 30 burpee penalty for a failed obstacle. Neither are a leisure stroll in the park. But if Spartan Beast is a 10 on a scale, TM would be about a 7.
Question: How many obstacles are in the Spartan Race? The Spartan Race sprint is 15+ obstacles in a 5k distance.