Cheers to the Slow Runners

Rugged Maniac is a ton of fun for people of all fitness levels, from couch potatoes to elite athletes, but make no mistake: Most of us aren't going to break a record or stand on the podium at an event this year. Maybe it's because we didn't train as hard as we wanted or perhaps we're just not that into the whole competitive nature of races. Whatever your reason, one thing's for certain: Slow runners know how to have fun!

There are plenty of reasons to proudly claim the title of "slow runner" at your upcoming race, and below are a few of our favorite reasons why you should be proud of taking your time!

Going slow means...

  More opportunities for mud baths.

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Striking an epic pose for the photographers.

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Taking as many snack breaks as you want.

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Setting a PR in laughs per mile.

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Wearing costumes that might slow you down even more... but look freaking amazing.

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You still have bragging rights.

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The beer at the finish line never runs out.

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Accomplishments are meant to be celebrated, no matter how big or small, so here's to all the Maniacs who take time to stop and smell the roses mud, pose for awesome photos, or to help their friends over obstacles. We'll see you at the finish line!