Rugged Maniac returns to fairgrounds today

Day-long festival makes its 2016 stop in Pleasanton at cost of $100 to participate

For the third year in a row, Pleasanton is set to play host to an intense, athletically demanding obstacle course, along with thousands of revelers in a day-long festival, as the international Rugged Maniac tour makes its 2016 stop at the Alameda County Fairgrounds today.

The Rugged Maniac challenge features 25 obstacles in a three-mile off-road course, including underground tunnels, trampolines, warped walls, balance beams and a 50-foot-tall water slide.

The event also includes a festival with activities such as music, mechanical bull rides, adult bounce houses, exhibition booths, food and drinks.

"We've experienced tremendous growth since our inception in 2010 thanks to our fanatical drive to make sure our Maniacs have the best experience imaginable at our events," Rugged Maniac chief operating officer Rob Dickens said in a statement.

Dickens and CEO Brad Scudder gained recognition -- and a key investment from billionaire Mark Cuban -- after appearing on the ABC competition show "Shark Tank."

The obstacle course costs $100 to participate in, while the festival is free to attend for spectators. For ticket information, visit

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