Some kids are natural thrill seekers. They love climbing fences, jumping over walls, lifting what’s in the way and even running through mud puddles. If your child is an obstacle lover, an extreme obstacle course race or mud run may be a way to hone their skills and win a few medals for effort. My 10 year old daughter recently began doing obstacle races and is now an OCR enthusiast. Obstacle course races for kids often include a scaled down run and a variety of obstacles that put their endurance to the test. They are a great way to get kids active and teach them mental and physical fortitude at an early age.
Climbing, running, crawling, pushing, and jumping are all skills used during obstacle races. It’s important for kids to prepare for obstacle races to avoid injuries. At least 4-6 weeks before a race, kids should begin training with short runs in the park and strength exercises, including push-ups, bear crawls, sprints and planks. Reimagine Play offers a six-week fitness boot camp to prepare kids for these types of endurance challenges.
If you are looking for obstacle races in your area, www.mudrunfun.com is a good site to search for new events. One of our upcoming favorites that will satisfy any OCR thrill-seeker is Spartan Race and Spartan Kids – November 7-8, Fenway Park, Boston. Geared for ages 4-13, the Spartan Kids Race includes a run for kids with scaled down obstacles and mini festival area filled with games and children's challenges. If you are looking for a training, try our special Spartan Kids Training class this Sunday, 10/25/15.
About Betty Francisco
Betty Francisco is the Founder and President of FitNation Ventures which recently launched ReImagine Play, a new Boston-based fitness company bringing fun, play-inspired fitness and healthy-eating programs to school-age kids and teens. Before launching her venture, she was EVP and General Counsel for a luxury fitness and lifestyle brand with seven clubs nationwide, operated as Sports Club/LA and Reebok Sports Club/NY.