Rough and Rugged Obstacles

Part of what makes the Rough and Rugged course so unique (and ridiculously rugged) is the abundance of natural obstacles already laid out for us. In addition, we like to build some of our own every year. Some stay the same, others change each season. Here's a bit of a preview of what you may find on the course this time around!

  • Mud Caves
    It might be the first obstacle, but you'll waste no time getting covered in mud. Can't go around it. Can't go over it. Gotta go through it.

  • Over the River
    Oh good, a bridge to cross the creek! Oh wait, it's wobbly. And made of cables and rope instead of sturdy wood planks. Grab a buddy and see how well you can balance and shuffle your way to the other side!

  • Crazy Creeks
    Creeks criscross the Ranch at just about every location. If you can get past the frigid water, you may just catch a glimpse of the scenic shale cliffs and sandstone ravines that these creeks have carved out of the rock over the past several hundred years.

  • Vertical Limit
    In fact, you'll get to know these rocks very well. Using nothing more than a rope and a wall of tires, you can scale the cliffs and press on towards the finish.

  • Stairs of Doom
    Nearly vertical wooden ties go up the side of a cliff. Climb them faster than anyone else, and you just might break records (and hopefully nothing else!).

  • Thunder Down Under
    They may look like innocent tires outback on the course gathered for a reunion, but don't be fooled. They mean to put you down. And under. This obstacle won't let you off easy, mate.

  • Wet 'n Wild
    Fly 100 yards downhill into the pond and see how far you can skip like a rock across its top. This may not be terrifying, but we just about guarantee you'll have a blast on this leg of your journey. Think of it as a chance to shower off, mid-race.

  • Tunnel Crawl
    These tunnels run underground, uphill and are not for the faint of heart or the claustrophobic. Only use the short tunnel. We tried the longer one once and haven't seen our test runner since...

  • Hills, Hills and More Hills
    Holmes County is known for its rolling countryside. From a distance, they are picturesque. Up close, we think you'll find them the greatest challenge on the course. There are very few flat regions on this race, as you are either climbing up or running down many of the huge hills at Skyview Ranch.

  • Feel the Heat
    There's fire. And you run through it. Or jump over it. As long as you don't stop in it you'll be fine. Oh, and it's hot, being continually stoked and fed until the race's completion.

  • Bale Out
    You can't let anything stand in your way. That includes gigantic stacks of hay bales. So just get over them already.

  • Up and Over
    If you find your self at the bottom, then the only way to go is up. Climb a cargo net to rise up out of the ravine and onward.

  • Mud Pit of Despair
    Think you can cross this without losing a shoe? This is why duct tape was invented people.

  • Slick Finish
    With the finish line within reach, there's just two more things you've got to do: slip, and then slide. Take to the suds in all your muddy glory and see how fast you can get to the other side. Who knows? You might take a couple seconds off your time!

  • And More
    Skyview Ranch Staff are highly skilled at coming up with incredibly awesome things last minute. We never know what all they'll surprise us with next! Signs will be posted at each obstacle (minus enormous hills and creeks that is) giving you an idea of what to do. Remember, it's all about having fun and pushing yourself. If you feel uncomfortable doing any of the obstacles in your way, feel free to run past them guilt free!