There is an ever increasing roster of running events that require participants to clear obstacles, run or crawl through mud and/or get sprayed with paint on the course. And many more of these quirky contrivances are taking place in the upper Midwest.

SAT., MAY 3

MIDWEST MAYHEM OBSTACLE RACE, Marseilles, IL

SUN., MAY 4

COLOR RUN, Madison, WI

SAT., MAY 10

IT'S GLOW TIME, Madison, WI
GREAT BULL RUN TWIN CITIES, Shakopee, MN
TOUGH MUDDER, Chicago, IL

SUN., MAY 11

TOUGH MUDDER, Chicago, IL

SAT., MAY 17

VERONA MUD FEST, Verona, WI
HILL BILLY HUSTLE
, Lancaster, WI
WISCONSIN ZOMBIE MUD RUN, Waukesha, WI
DOW RUN-WALK, Midland, MI

SAT., MAY 24

COLOR RUN, Racine, WI
HEROES MUD RUN, Aurora, IL
NIGHT RUN, Marseilles, IL
MUDDY MAYHEM, Bode, IA

SAT., MAY 31

GOLIATH CHALLENGE, Hudson, WI
MANKATO ZOMBIE RUN, Mankato, MN
USO OF MISSOURI MUD RUN, Mascoutah, IL

SUN., JUNE 1

MERREL DOWN & DIRTY OBSTACLE RACE, Gilberts, IL

SAT., JUNE 7

REDNECK RUSH MUD RUN, 5K & kids' run, Alpena, MI
THIN MINT SPRINT, Worden, IL
5K FOAM FEST CHICAGO, Ottawa, IL

SUN., JUNE 7

COLOR RUN, Chicago, IL

SAT., JUNE 14

GRUMPY MUDDAH, Wabasha, MN
DIRTY DASH, Mt. Morris, MI
MICHIGAN ZOMBIE RUN, Birch Run, MI
WARRIOR DASH, Channahon, IL
ZOMBIE RUN, Sandwich, IL

SUN., JUNE 15

WARRIOR DASH, Channahon, IL

SAT., JUNE 21

COLOR RUN, Ypsilanti, MI
WEST MICHIGAN MUDVENTURE
Grandville, MI
LOZILU WOMEN’S MUD RUN, Minneapolis, MN
GLADIATOR ASSAULT CHALLENGE, Gobles, MI
DUCK N DODGE 5K, Grand Junction, MI
DIRT RUNNER NIGHT RUN II, Marseilles, IL

SAT., JUNE 28

LOZILU WOMEN’S MUD RUN MILWAUKEE, Greendale, WI
INSANE INFLATABLE 5K, Rochester, MN
DIRTY GIRL MUD RUN, Chicago, IL
DIRTY DASH, Ottawa, IL
5K FOAM FEST, Mt. Morris, MI

SUN., JUNE 29

TOUGHER LAKER YOUTH OBSTACLE COURSE, Detroit Lakes, MN

SAT., JULY 5

MUGGY BUGGY & XTREME MUD RUN, Minoqua, WI
OVER THE TOP EXTREME 5K, Gaylord, MI

SUN., JULY 6

COLOR RUN, Milwaukee, WI

SAT., JULY 12

DIRTY DOG MUD RUN, Oconomowoc, WI
COLOR RUN, Lansing, MI
GREAT BULL RUN, Cicero, IL
WARRIOR DASH, Hastings, MN
DIRT RUNNER NIGHT RUN III, Marseilles, IL
CASE CREEK OBSTACLE RACE, Coal Valley, IL
MUD SUX RUN, Sioux City, IA
COLOR RUN, Des Moines, IA

SUN., JULY 13

COLOR RUN, Twin Cities, MN

SAT., JULY 19

TOUGH MUDDER, Twin Cities, MN
UNITED WARRIORS XTREME RACE, Jacksonville, IL
FORGE THROUGH HELL 5K EXTREME CHALLENGE, Pinckney, MI
WOLVERINE CRUSADER, Belmont, MI
WARRIOR DASH, Barrie, ON

SUN., JULY 20

TOUGH MUDDER, Twin Cities, MN

SAT., JULY 26

WARRIOR DASH, Mt. Morris, MI
5K FOAM FEST, Grand Rapids, MI

SUN., JULY 27

WARRIOR DASH, Mt. Morris, MI

FRI., AUGUST 1

SAVAGE DASH 5K MUD RUN/OBSTACLE COURSE, Spooner, WI

SAT., AUGUST 2

MUCHFEST MS TWIN CITIES, Minneapolis, MN
DIRTY GIRL MUD RUN, Twin Cities, MN
INSANE INFLATABLE 5K, Lansing, MI
COLOR RUN, Grand Rapids, MI

SUN., AUGUST 3

COLOR RUN, Grand Rapids, MI

SAT., AUGUST 9

YOU CRAZY MONKEY YOUTH OBSTACLE COURSE, Arcadia, WI
5K FOAM FEST ST. PAUL, Columbus, MN

 

SUN., AUGUST 10

 

ST. FRANCIS HERO DASH ADVENTURE RUN, Shakopee, MN

 

SAT., AUGUST 16

DIRTY GIRL MUD RUN, Milwaukee, WI
MANKATO MUD RUN, Mankato, MN
WARRIOR DASH, Earlham, IA

SUN., AUGUST 17

DIRTY GIRL MUD RUN, Milwaukee, WI

SAT., AUGUST 23

EAT DIRT MUD RUN, Kentwood, MI
MUCKFEST MS, Chicago, IL

SUN., AUGUST 24

MERRELL DOWN & DIRTY OBSTACLE RACE, Detroit, MI

SAT., SEPT. 6

TOUGH MUDDER, Plymouth, WI

SUN., SEPT. 7

TOUGH MUDDER, Plymouth, WI

SAT., SEPT. 13

COLOR RUN, La Crosse, WI

SAT., SEPT. 20

VIKING CHALLENGE, Fergus Falls, MN
WARRIOR DASH, Walker, MI
DIRTY BACK 40, Algona, IA
5K FOAM FEST, Des Moines, IA

SAT., SEPT. 27

SUPER SPARTAN, Chicago, IL

SAT., OCT. 11

5K ZOMBIE RUN, Spooner, WI

FRI., NOV. 1

MILLER PARK SPARTAN SPRINT, Milwaukee, WI