AUSTIN -- Central Texas athletes put their limits to the test Saturday morning. For the first time, the Rugged Maniac Obstacle Race came to Austin.
Competitors had the chance to literally overcome obstacles at The Travis County Expo Center where a wet and muddy route greeted the runners.
"You run through fire, you swim in water, mess around in mud," said competitor Ashley Wright.
As if running a 5K isn't challenging enough, the Rugged Maniac Race puts competitors like Sergio Portillo through a challenging obstacle course too.
"You get the adrenaline pumping and it's just, more than anything, those barriers in your mind like 'I can't do this' and just pushing through and doing it," said Portillo.
Competitors showed impeccable balance, strength and perseverance as they climb and crawl through the course.
"It's just fun. It's a way to get a work out in but having fun without running just a straight three miles," Wright said.
The race travels through 25 cities and this year marks the first time Austin has hosted the obstacle course.
"We've been to Dallas and Houston before and the market just wasn't the right fit. But Austin, being so physically fit and engaging in these races, [we're] hoping it to be a promising annual event," said event coordinator Kaitlyn Long.
No training is required but those who take on the race should come prepared to push themselves physically and mentally.
Competitor Aaron Brabson won the race with a time of 29 minutes and 45 seconds.