A bunch of rugged maniacs will test their mettle in muddy, fiery obstacle course

by: COURTESY OF RUGGED RACES - The second annual Rugged Maniac race at PIR, May 31, will test individuals in many ways.Athletic and hardy souls who don’t mind getting dirty and wet and really tired will be competing in the burgeoning event Rugged Maniac on Saturday, May 31, at Portland International Raceway.

It’s not your ordinary kind of racing, but it draws hundreds, if not thousands, of runners and fitness enthusiasts to the only such event in the Pacific Northwest.

The Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race features 25 obstacles, including towers of shipping containers, a 50-foot water slide, underground tunnels, a fire pit, ponds, rope ladders/nets and more.

The first local Rugged Maniac was held last year at PIR. There are about 20 held throughout the United States.

It’s not only about racing. The all-day festival will include music, craft beer, mechanical bulls, bounce houses, a foam dance floor, exhibitions and more.

Racers go out in waves, beginning at 9 a.m. (with more competitive folks) and ending about 3 p.m. on Saturday. Each wave usually includes about 300 people.

Organizers encourage online registration at The cost is $90, online or at the event. Students and military members receive $10 discounts. Parking is $10. Spectators get in free.

by: COURTESY OF RUGGED RACES - The second annual Rugged Maniac race at PIR, May 31, will test individuals in many ways.The company Rugged Races was formed in Boston by two Wall Street lawyers-turned-entrepreneurs, Rob Dickens and Brad Scudder, who put on Rugged Maniac and Running with the Bulls’ knock-off The Great Bull Run around the country. On a recent showing of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” Mark Cuban, the software mogul and owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, bought 25 percent of their


It’s a $1.75 million investment in a couple that already does business in the millions.

“People are looking for more than just a passive experience these days,” Dickens told the Boston Business Journal recently. “It’s not enough to go to the movies for two hours. They want interaction. They want to get involved.

“(Cuban) is a known investor. He’s a big name and a big personality. He’s a hands-on type of guy. ”

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