Na­tional ob­sta­cle race se­ries bring ad­ven­ture, mud to area

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Cov­ing­ton and Cony­ers came in droves to par­tic­i­pate in the 2014 Rugged Ma­niac 5K Ob­sta­cle Race.

Lo­cal run­ners, mud­ders and thrill-seek­ers from around the Peach State braved the summer heat in the dirt­i­est of ways Satur­day, Au­gust 16 at the 2014 Rugged Ma­niac 5K Ob­sta­cle Race made its way to the Ge­or­gia In­ter­na­tional Horse Park

The event was de­signed for any­one who loves “fun, fit­ness and fes­ti­vals” and was hosted by one of the coun­try’s largest ob­sta­cle race com­pa­nies. Thou­sands of par­tic­i­pants tack­led 25 unique and chal­leng­ing ob­sta­cles, a Rugged Ma­niac press re­lease said.

Run­ners jumped over fire, crawled through un­der­ground tun­nels, rock­eted down a 60-foot wa­ter slide and bounced over tram­po­lines as they made their way in, over and through the five-kilo­me­ter lay­out.

Mu­sic, me­chan­i­cal bulls, adult bounce houses, beer, food and ex­hi­bi­tion booths were dis­played for run­ners who com­pleted the course and spec­ta­tors who wanted to see their fam­ily and friends get down and dirty.

“As a kid grow­ing up in North Carolina, we had am­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties to get out­doors and have fun,” said Rob Dick­ens, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of Rugged Ma­niac. “From build­ing tree houses in the woods near my house to surf­ing the lo­cal waves, be­ing ac­tive in na­ture with friends was a big part of life.

“Rugged Ma­niac is an ex­ten­sion of that. It’s a way for adults to feel like kids again by play­ing in the mud with our friends, ex­cept now we don’t have to worry about our moms yelling at us when we get home.”

Rob and Rugged Ma­niac CEO Brad Scudder re­cently ap­peared on ABC’s show “Shark Tank” where they reeled in famed busi­ness­man and bil­lion­aire Mark Cuban, who in­vested $1.75 mil­lion in the com­pany.

“I’m su­per ex­cited to be part of the Rugged Events team.” Cuban said on the show. “I’m an­tic­i­pat­ing the ex­plo­sion of ex­pe­ri­en­tial entertainment, and very few peo­ple ex­e­cute this as well as Rob and Brad. I have ev­ery in­ten­tion of help­ing them grow into a force in the in­dus­try.”

Dar­rell Everidge/The Cov­ing­ton News

pho­tos by Dar­rell Everidge/The Cov­ing­ton News

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