Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge

Nashville’s Amazing Obstacle Races Attract Adventurous Runners

5Ks and charity races used to be pretty simple. You’d run around a city or park and take in its sights and sounds then call it a day. The times they are a changin’ and old traditions have evolved with the times, capitalizing on trends of the moment and drawing in a whole new contingent of runners and walkers looking for ways to explore their cities in a fun yet meaningful way. Social adventure seekers can sharpen their competitive edge with several exciting obstacle/adventure races right here in Nashville during the month of September, all benefitting worthy causes.

ROC entrants

The Great City Race, modeled after the long-running TV show ‘The Amazing Race,’ is an urban adventure scavenger hunt on steroids, a thrilling mind and body challenge for teams of two dressed in costumes, competing against other teams to solve 11 out of the 12 clues scattered around Nashville. Entrants will pit their wits in a variety of unique trials, traveling only by foot or public transport. The fastest team to reach the finish line after successfully completing all clues will win cash and prizes.  great city race

The two-to-three hour race starts at noon at Honky Tonk Central, 329 Broadway, Nashville, on Sunday, Sept. 15, with advance sign ups costing $30.  Supporters may follow teams on the thrill of the scavenger hunt, or wait for them to cross the finish line at Honky Tonk Central, host of the after party with music and awards for top finishers and best-in-costume.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit Team in Training, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s endurance sports training program.great amazing race kids

The Great Amazing Race is a similar family friendly one-mile cross-country obstacle/adventure race on Saturday, Sept. 21, that encourages both adults and kids to participate in the two-person teams for a memorable bonding experience. On-line registration will close once the 120-team limit is reached. Beginning at Elmington Park, 3531 West End Rd, Nashville, participants will compete in eight fun-filled challenges of varying levels of difficulty, depending on their age.

This more family-oriented race begins at 4 p.m. and should take around 60 minutes to complete.  Supporters are encouraged to come along and cheer on their friends and family.

ROC balancing pole

The Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge (R.O.C.), starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, promises to be the craziest race of all. The 5K military-style obstacle course combines competitive game show themes from favorites like ‘Wipeout,’ ‘American Gladiators’ and ‘Double Dare.’ The largest team will save 25% off their registration fees and costume contests will be voted on prior to the start of each race. Come and cheer on this hilarious event and stay for the big after party. Maximum entry fee is $75 on race day.

If the standard 5K run is more your style, follow this lineup and enjoy both the camaraderie of walkers and runners while improving your fitness. Click this link for a complete listing of 5K Run/Walks and marathons in Middle Tennessee during September.

The Joe Vickers Fantastic Fall 5K Run kicks off the events for the Goodlettsville Arts & Antiques Festival on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 8 a.m. All proceeds go towards the Joe Vickers Benevolence Fund that provides food baskets to those in need in the southern Sumner County/North Nashville area.Marathon runners

Also aligned with a festival, the Goats Gallop 5K Run/Walk will officially launch the Goats, Music and More Festival in Lewisburg on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 6:45 a.m. This festival is all about goats, especially Marshall County’s famous native “Fainting” goat and the Boer goat. If you’ve never seen a ‘fainting’ goat, you really should go and make their acquaintance!mud run

The Original Mud Run Nashville is not for the faint hearted! You can choose between two courses, the 5K with 18+ obstacles or the 10K with 30+ obstacles. Most obstacles contain mud and water and demand a certain level of fitness to participate. This event at Tap Root Farm in Franklin is especially entertaining for spectators!

Which Middle Tennessee race are you most looking forward to? 

Hi! I’m Dayle Fergusson. As a transplanted Aussie living in Middle Tennessee since 1986, I have been a freelance travel...Read on

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