Frequently asked questions

Where is the race located?

The event will be held at The Mariners’ Museum, in Newport News. For driving directions, click here.

Where can we park?

There will be parking available at The Mariners’ Museum.

How is the race structured?

Waves of runners leave every 3 minutes, starting at 9:00 am and ending at 11:30 am.  Waves are limited to 20 people to prevent back-ups at obstacles. We encourage competitive runners (those participants who can run an average 5K in 24 minutes or less) to arrive early to run in one of the first waves. This race is not officially timed. It’s about completing the Tuff Enuf and supporting those participating with you.

What does the course look like?

You’ll be challenged and amused with a series of obstacles on a 3.1 mile course out and back. Watch out for the zombies! Click here to see the course map.

How long does it take to complete the course?

Your finish time will depend on your athletic ability. Top times may be in the low 20s. Most people finish within 30 to 60 minutes.

What if I can't complete a particular obstacle?

All obstacles will be manageable. If you feel you can’t complete an obstacle, you will be asked to complete an alternate physical challenge such as burpees.

Can I get help on an obstacle or can I help someone else?

Yes!  Tuff Enuf is about team work and helping those in need even though you may not know them!

Are there any event activities or entertainment for families during the race?

While you are waiting your turn to start and all during the race, we will have a lively DJ, a food vendor and drinks available for purchase on the event field near the start/finish line so be sure to bring some cash.  Our sponsors on the event field will help to make this a fun and memorable event!

Will there be gear check available?

We will hold small items such as keys or phones but at your own risk. We can not be responsible for high dollar items.  When you get your bib and shirt, let our volunteers know that you need an item held at the Packet Pick up table.

When will I pick up my race bib and shirt?

Bibs and shirts will be picked up at the event field at the Packet Pick up table near the start line.  Be sure to bring your confirmation email from, or if you mailed in your registration form, your ID.

What should I wear?

This will be a messy Halloween event!   Wear something that you won’t mind not being able to wear again. Zombie slime can permanently stain your clothing.  Everyone wearing costumes will be eligible for raffle prizes!

How much is the registration fee?

Early Bird Registration (until Sep. 14)  $30

Regular Registration (Sep 15 – Oct 13)  $35

Late Registration (Oct 14 – Oct 20)  $40

Same Day (T-shirt not guaranteed)  $40

Teams  (10 or more people)  $25 ea.

Can I get a refund if I can't attend?

No. All registrations for our events are non-refundable.

Can I transfer my registration to another runner?

No. Due to insurance and liability requirements, the new runner must complete a new registration

What is the minimum age to participate?

Participants must be at least 11 years old at the time of the race.

What happens if it rains?

The race will not be cancelled for rain!  This is Tuff Enuf, rain is just an added bonus!  If severe weather threatens, we will cancel the event and there will be no refunds.

 Click here for more photos of last year’s Tuff Enuf Challenge!

Ready to sign up? Click here!