Rugged Maniac back for second 2017 run at fairgrounds

50-foot water slide, warped walls, fire jumps among 25 obstacles

Pleasanton is set to play host for the second time this year to an intense, athletically demanding obstacle course, along with thousands of revelers in a day-long festival, as the Rugged Maniac tour returns to the Alameda County Fairgrounds this Saturday.

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

The event also features a day-long festival for racers and spectators that includes live music, food, drinks and more.

Rugged Maniac, which brings its high-energy obstacle course to venues across the country, has come to Pleasanton for the past five years. This is the first time the event has stopped twice in town in the same year, following its May appearance at the fairgrounds.

The Rugged Maniac event is set to run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday at the fairgrounds on Pleasanton Avenue. 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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