Giant water slides, tunnels, trampolines and more at Rugged Maniac obstacle race Sept. 5

Competitors in the Rugged Maniac, coming to Austin Sept. 5, jump over fire. Photo courtesy Rugged Maniac.
Competitors in the Rugged Maniac, coming to Austin Sept. 5, jump over fire. Photo courtesy Rugged Maniac.

Giant water slides, trampolines, adult bounce houses and mechanical bulls? All in one spot?

Competitors swoop down a 50-foot water slide at the Rugged Maniac. Photo courtesy Rugged Maniac
Competitors swoop down a 50-foot water slide at the Rugged Maniac. Photo courtesy Rugged Maniac

A new obstacle race coming to the Travis County Exposition Center on Sept. 5 promises all that, with a little running in between.

Competitors in the Rugged Maniac, held in 23 cities this year, will tackle a series of obstacles, including a 50-foot water slide, underground tunnels and fire jumps, spread over a 3-mile off-road course.

Afterward, they’ll celebrate at a day-long festival featuring live music, mechanical bulls, adult bounce houses, beer, food and exhibition booths. The festival is free to spectators.

Entry fee for the race is $89 at http://www.ruggedmaniac.com, or $100 at the event the day of the race ($10 discount for students and military personnel with valid identification).

“We’re excited to be bringing Rugged Maniac to Austin for the first time,” says Rob Dickens, chief operating officer of Rugged Maniac. “It’s a vibrant city with an adventurous and active

Competitors cross a muddy stream at the Rugged Maniac. Photo courtesy Rugged Maniac.
Competitors cross a muddy stream at the Rugged Maniac. Photo courtesy Rugged Maniac.

population that loves having fun outdoors.”

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Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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