Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash And Other Extreme Races – Great For Popularity

In 2011, I ran my first Warrior Dash. I’ve been into running for the last ten years or more, and since I love getting out and running in nature, so I thought, “why not?” Since then, I have run it even more times. I also have four of the Tough Mudder races under my belt. I have come to absolutely love mud runs.

The Warrior Dash is a three mile trail race with lots of obstacles along the way. These include climbing up a fifty foot rope wall, crawling under barbed wire through a bed of mud, and jumping over flames. The Tough Mudder is even longer (closer to 12 miles), with even more extreme obstacles (and lots and lots of mud).

I believe it is important to be healthy and fit to be popular, but that is not the main reason I am writing this post. I think guys of any age, even teens, can become more popular, especially with women, by participating in events like The Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder.

First, you get a real chance to demonstrate your excellence. One important aspect of being popular is to be good at something. These events require an intermediate level fitness and toughness (at least) to complete successfully. You must be physically – and mentally – strong to finish these races. Nothing says excellent like running uphill through a muddy obstacle course. Whenever people find out I run these races, they always respond positively. It is a great way to show value, and it always starts a conversation. I’ve never yet found anyone who didn’t think it was cool.

Second, these events are more than just races. They are gigantic parties. How many chances does the average guy get to attend a day-long party with 5,000-10,000 people? The events have rock bands, food and drink, and are usually scheduled in the summer, so people are ready to hang all day! Sometimes it seems like they are parties with a race going on in the background. Some people even run in costumes. Others, like me, just run in shorts because we don’t want to be weighed down. When the event is over, runners join their friends at the party who came just to have fun.

Third, the events are great for popular men, but also men that are trying to become more popular. A guy with good social skills can meet a lot of people there. One great thing is that there are loads of women and men there, so you can meet friends and potential dates. Yes, women run these races too, and they are just as into the event as you are. And, if you are running these races, there is an instant rapport among event participants, because everybody is being initiated together. When finished, participants usually get a medal or other token of participation. It all kind of seems like war, doesn’t it? And, the bonding is similar.

I have met a lot of people at these events. Everybody is cool and relaxed, and with the instant bond of the race, people aren’t guarded. Just talk to them. If you want tips to be more popular at these races and elsewhere, check out our other sites and our books. Consider this mental training along with your physical workouts.

So, consider signing up for one near you. Besides the ones I have mentioned, there is The Spartan RaceSavage Race (I did this one in June 2013 and it was awesome), and BattleFrog (I am doing that soon). Check them out! You won’t regret it!

For those doing the Mudder we have:

General Tough Mudder Tips

How to Beat the Tough Mudder Obstacles

Check out this super cool video of the Tough Mudder in Austin, Texas. It is sped up with music, 12 miles condensed into 30 minutes!

About David Bennett

David Bennett is author of seven self-help books, and an in-demand speaker and consultant. Over a million readers per year read his online content, and his writings have been referenced in many publications and news outlets, including Girls Life, Fox News, the New York Times, Huffington Post, and BBC. He also writes for The Popular Teen, and other sites. Follow him on Twitter.


  1. Great article. I tried several of these events, but I found that Savage Race in Florida was my favorite mud run. Have you tried that event?

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