It’s more than just a race. It’s about setting personal goals and smashing them. It’s about pushing your limits to defeat the world’s best obstacles. It’s about teamwork and friendship. It’s about the amazing people you will meet on the course. It’s about the mud, the fire, and the Facebook pics. It’s about creating the memory of a lifetime.
Nutt Smasher may look easy, but don't let it fool you. Traversing 40 feet across a 3 inch wooden beam is no simple task. There's a nice cold pool of water waiting for those who can't make it across this beast. There are no hand holds on this one, so make sure you practice your balancing act before race day. Completing Nutt Smasher will leave you feeling pumped! Completion Rate: 65%
Teeter Tuber is a modern take on the seesaw, where you must maneuver up an incline through a 24 inch diameter tube, until you reach the pivot point and then ride the tube down and out the other side. This 20 foot tube is a slippery, tight space that will require technique, upper body strength, and a bit of persistence to conquer.Completion Rate: 70%
Once you've scaled the front side of Colossus, there's only one way down. The Colossus Slide is a near vertical drop at the top of the 24 foot tall structure. Feel gravity take over as you hit lightning speed while being flung into the water below. No training needed for this one. Just enjoy the adrenaline rush! Completion Rate: 88%
This isn't your average heavy object carry. Savages lug over a combined 2000 pounds of lumber throughout a race. Depending on the venue, you'll be sloshing through swamps, trudging through mud, or laboring up mountain sides for 1000 feet. Don't forget, badasses grab two! Completion Rate: 80%
A little twist on the classic up and over, this five foot high obstacle will get your heart pumping and your lower body covered in mud. From the thick clay in Georgia to the sticky peat in Florida, you're going to battle through this obstacle. Good luck running at your normal pace after this one. Completion Rate: 85%
A simple, yet challenging obstacle, Missionary Impossible will leave you wet and invigorated. Get on your back and start tugging the rope to fly up the 60 foot hill as fast as possible. A little easier than a pull-up but a lot more fun! Completion Rate: 99%
Sawtooth is one of Savage Race's signature obstacles. You can't miss this blue mammoth with it's unique design. The gnarly tooth in the center of the structure has diminished the hopes and dreams of many Savages as they drop 10 feet into the water below. You'll need to start working on those pull-ups to cross the entire 35 foot span. Completion Rate: 40%
With 60,000 pounds of ice, Shriveled Richard is no joke. The bone chilling experience will take your breath away as soon as you dive in. It's no time to be timid. To add to the experience, you have to completely submerge yourself halfway through the obstacle. It's time to start taking cold showers. Completion Rate: 70%
Slippery Incline Wall can be intimidating when you first come up to it on the course. Get a running start on this 16 foot long, 12 foot high incline or else you'll be out of luck getting the conveniently placed rope. Occasionally, we'll throw some water onto the ascent to make it more of a challenge. With a firm footing, you'll have no problem getting up this bad boy. Completion Rate: 65%
Maneuvering across these poles will really test your grip strength. There is more than one way to complete Pipe Dreams, so pick your style and go for it. Hang on tight, because the steel poles will be swaying back and forth the full 24 feet. Find your rhythm and enjoy the ride. Completion Rate: 54%
It will take 96 inches of determination, grit, and strength to conquer The Great Wall. A running start always helps, but if you prefer a boost from your friends, that works just as well. Get yourself over this obstacle and you're on your way to completing Savage Race. Completion Rate: 55% Presented by: -
Stamina is the key to completing Back Scratcher. With four alternating 5 foot walls and barbed wire barriers to crawl under, you're going to need all the strength you can muster. Upper body and lower body strength will help you through this obstacle. Completion Rate: 82%
The tastiest obstacle in the game, Thor's Grundle will leave you covered in mud. Who knew a 50 foot trench filled with mud could be so intense. Take a deep breath before you are completely submerged in the muck going under one of the baffles. You'll thank us later! Completion Rate: 90%
Me So Thorny is the tightest barbed wire crawl you will ever encounter. With barbed wire on top and to the left and right of you, there is very little room for error on this obstacle. Using your upper body strength, you will need to crawl with care. Completion Rate: 77%
Savage Syndicate is a loyalty program designed to reward participants who run in two or more events within a single calendar year (this means between January 1 and December 31 of the same year). After you qualify, you can pick up your own Syndicate medal and state pins onsite at your qualifying race. Then you can peacock around the festival area showing off the goods. You earned it! The Syndicate medals are HUGE, and the state pins are pretty sick too. Trust us, people will notice.
To be eligible for SavagePRO age group awards and cash prizes, you must register for the SavagePRO wave at 9:00 AM on Saturday events only. SavagePRO costs $30 more than open heats.
1st Place Overall: $1,000; Gold Medal; Savage Axe
2nd Place Overall: $500; Silver Medal
3rd Place Overall: $250; Bronze Medal
1st Place in Age Group: Gold Medal
2nd Place in Age Group: Silver Medal
3rd Place in Age Group: Bronze Medal
Age divisions are determined based on your age on race day. All times are based on the official net time. We won't ship your award, so make sure you are present at the award ceremony after the mud race.
Savage Juniors always have the most fun, and it shows! Whether they are flying over hurdles, trampling through mud, or careening through walls of foam, the smiles are never ending. What better way to make the most of an amazing day with Savage parents than to conquer 10+ Junior-size Savage obstacles of their own? From the youngest to the fastest, we have a friendly and challenging course for your Savage Junior. Each wave is monitored by friendly and enthusiastic staff, and parents are encouraged to come out and play!
At each start time, there will be two waves. The first wave is a 1/3 mile course designed for our younger Savages (8 and under). The second wave is a 1 mile course with more and larger obstacles, and is restricted to ages 9 & over. Once cleared, the course is open to retries and for younger Savages to try if they have supervision!
*only one medal and shirt per registration.
Each Savage Junior will receive:
-official Savage Race Finisher medal
-official Savage Race Finisher T-shirt
-1 free Spectator pass
-lots of healthy exercise
-1 free pass for infinite high-fives
-memories and friends to last a lifetime!
Ages: 12 and under
Registration: $40 online or $50 on-site. One spectator pass is included.
Saturday: 12:00 pm
Sunday (FL only): 10:00 am
Sam Abbitt’s interest in obstacle racing, fitness and endurance sports is what drove him to create Savage Race. Sam earned his MBA and a second master’s degree in building construction from the University of Florida (Go Gators!). When he’s not working on organizing mud runs, Sam is traveling, working out at his local CrossFit gym, swinging kettlebells, or growing shiitaki mushrooms in his back yard. Sam is a snowboarder, surfer, scuba diver, bull rider, hot sauce lover, and dog owner.
Lloyd is in charge of making sure that the race course is bad ass on race day. He carefully checks the mud to ensure that it is deep and thick. He masterfully designs and builds extreme obstacles so that they test your limits. Thanks to Lloyd’s genius, the Savage Race course is the best mud run in the business. Having lived for several years in Lake Tahoe, California, Lloyd has a passion for traveling, snowboarding and outdoor recreation.
Growing up in Maine, Alex was raised on blueberries and lobster tail. You could normally find him playing ice hockey on a nearby pond during the harsh winters or on the golf course during the summer months. After earning his degree in Sport Management at Springfield College, Alex moved to Florida and joined the Savage Race team. On race day, you can find him meticulously polishing medals at the finish line making sure they’re ready for a fresh coat of mud.
Born and raised on the South Shore of Long Island (or Lawn Guyland if you asked him to tawk about it) Sean spent more time as a kid playing music than sports. After finishing high school Sean moved to Orlando where he received his Bachelor’s and MBA from the University of Central Florida. While working as a Business Analyst and Consultant at UCF, Sean was introduced to the Savage Race crew and became hooked on everything obstacle racing. When he’s not tracking down the next Savage venue, he can be found adding race medals to his collection, playing music, and honing his negotiating skills by spending time with his mother and fiancé.
Bo was a two-sport athlete and earned his Bachelor’s degree at West Virginia State University and then returned home where he earned his Master’s at the University of Central Florida. Bo has a passion for mountain biking, snowboarding, and beach volleyball. His favorite obstacle is Colossus, because the near-vertical slide gives him butterflies in his stomach, just like his high school crush.
Mac Stone is the official Savage photographer. From Gainesville, Florida, Mac grew up playing tag with alligators in the swamps and is known for doing whatever it takes to get the shot. When he’s not shooting our events, he’s waist deep in some of the wildest parts of the country photographing wildlife for a number of magazines and organizations. Currently he’s working on a coffee table book all about the Everglades to be released in 2014.
Matthew T the Race Emcee is the last person you see before your savagery commences. His job at the Savage start line is to make sure that you are aware of how much the race is going to kick your ass that day, and bluntly, he enjoys that. Be prepared for an impromptu dance off, war chant, or Harlem shake in the start corral. He will explain how delicious the beer will taste after the finish and what savage obstacles you will need to overcome to get to the finish line. Once you’ve finished, he will drag you into a pushup or burpee contest. Matthew T hails from Baltimore, MD and is known to wakeboard, snowboard, fourwheel, and battle rap. Interesting fact: Matthew T can recite every single word of Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers Accapella.
Jessika “Taps” Poppe is an obstacle course lover who chose to work for Savage Race after volunteering at the Florida fall event in 2016. She loves the outdoors, hiking, running and biking. Jessika is an ultramarathoner and an Appalachian Trail thru hiker. She owes her success of the Appalachian Trail to the grit of obstacle course racing. Her favorite obstacle is Anchor’s Aweigh because it’s challenging and fun to swing across. On race day you can find her in the merchandise tent or pouring your post race beer.
Rachel is an endurance athlete, mother of three, and wife of an Army Veteran who is currently living in Lithia, Florida. Rachel fell in love with Obstacle Course Racing back in 2014. That passion has blossomed into a career she loves at Savage Race. Her favorite Savage Race Obstacle is Wheel World. It takes the right technique to master, it’s tons of fun, and still a challenging obstacle. On race day you can find Rachel directing volunteers, ensuring volunteers and staff have a lunch for the day, being in exactly 82 places at once, or cheering on Savage Race finishers!
“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” -Fred DeVito
With the most suave rendition of the national anthem in the history of mankind, Jeff revs up the first wave of every Savage Race. If you ever have an amazing story to tell, make sure you find Jeff on race day. He always has his microphone ready for an impromptu interview. Although he could probably win the push-up contest with one arm, he humbly lets the participants challenge one another on the main stage.
As the registration manager, Karleen is in charge of making sure all of our participants get to their wave on time. She loves welcoming all of the participants and spectators in the early morning of event day. If you’re still not awake yet, you will be when you meet Karleen. If you can find her when she’s not running around helping our fantastic volunteers, ask her for a big hug. She will be happy to oblige!
Kathy used to collect bags as a child and arranged them in various categories. We knew she would be a great fit and complement the gear check area as she ensures everyone that she has never lost a bag. We are all able to sleep a little better at night. Rumor has it that if you bring her coffee on race day, there will be a present waiting for you inside your bag when you come to pick it up!
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