run for your life

Some peo­ple achieve men­tal and spir­i­tual en­light­en­ment by push­ing their bod­ies to the limit. Here are some of On­tario’s weird­est and most pun­ish­ing races. Start train­ing now

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rugged ma­niac kitch­ener june 9 WHo does it: Tough Mud­der vet­er­ans search­ing for a new chal­lenge.

This race, held at a Kitch­ener ski hill, forces rac­ers to con­quer 27 butt-kick­ing chal­lenges, like crawl­ing through dirt tun­nels, bar­rel­ing down a huge wa­ter­slide and leap­ing over flam­ing logs. The hard­est-core find ways to up the in­ten­sity, in­clud­ing go­ing shoe­less or cov­er­ing their bod­ies in war paint. From $49. Rugged­ma­niac.com.

Spar­tan race orono june 23—24 WHo does it: Wannabe Sur­vivor con­tes­tants.

Throw spears, crawl un­der barbed wire, carry buck­ets of rocks— and that might just be the first ob­sta­cle. The “sprint” op­tion of­fers 20 ob­sta­cles over five kilo­me­tres; the “su­per” is 29 ob­sta­cles over 13. “Elite” en­trants com­pete for money and spon­sor­ship deals. From $99. Spar­tan­race.ca.

8k kilt run perth june WHo does it: Tar­tan fetishists, Out­lander fans

Sprint through down­town Perth amid a mob of kilted Sco­tophiles. For an ad­di­tional test, the War­rior Ob­sta­cle Chal­lenge re­quires par­tic­i­pants to lug a sword and shield through­out, with stops for a ham­mer throw and down­ing a shot of scotch. Race-ap­proved kilts are avail­able for $35. From $50. Perthk­il­trun.ca.

5k foam fest uxBridge july 21 WHo does it: Any­one who didn’t par­tic­i­pate in a univer­sity foam party.

This wet and wild com­pe­ti­tion is a fam­ily-friendly run in which rac­ers sport neon head­bands or tie-dyed shirts as they make their way through 22 ob­sta­cles—in­clud­ing the world’s largest in­flat­able wa­ter slide. The high­light is get­ting doused in 2.5-mil­lion cu­bic feet of foam. From $45. The5k­foam­fest.com.

mud hero cAle­don auG. 26 WHo does it: En­durance spe­cial­ists, mud en­thu­si­asts

Do­ing any­thing over 10 kilo­me­tres is hard. This ex­treme sprint asks you to also com­plete 26 daunt­ing ob­sta­cles—rope swings, wall climbs, cin­der block car­ries, tightrope walks—while cov­ered head-to-toe in slick, stinky, glo­ri­ous mud. Post-race show­ers highly rec­om­mended. From $74. Mud­hero.com.

6k Prison Break race BinBrook SePt. 15 WHo does it: For­mer camp coun­sel­lors, child­hood rebels.

Par­tic­i­pants imag­ine they’re es­cap­ing from a high-se­cu­rity de­ten­tion unit in this cap­ture-the-flag-like com­pe­ti­tion. Start with a belt and three flags (i.e., three chances to es­cape), and nav­i­gate a se­ries of ob­sta­cles be­fore in-char­ac­ter prison guards haul you back to your cell. From $55. Jus­trun.ca.

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