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4 Steps to Planning Your Obstacle Course

1. Find a venue.

Before you can establish the details of your obstacle course, you must first find a venue. Ideally, this would be a large outdoor space where you can bring your obstacles to. You might even be able to rent out a venue that has an obstacle course already built in.

2. Pick your obstacles.

You’ll want to pick your obstacles according to your target audience. For example, if you mainly expect children to attend, you could include inflatable obstacle courses to make sure that they stay safe. On the other hand, if your audience is mostly fit adults, you can add more difficult obstacles like mud pits or walls that they will need to climb over.

3. Enlist volunteers.

Obstacle courses are a great opportunity for you to get supporters involved by asking them to volunteer their time to help out. Volunteers can pass out water bottles to participants, usher competitors to the beginning of the course, and sell concessions to spectators. You should also establish some volunteer managers or leads who will oversee the team and ensure that everything is running smoothly.

4. Decide on prizes.

Most obstacle course fundraisers are races, so decide on what prizes you will offer to the winners. You can mention them in your marketing communications to incentivize supporters to attend and participate. Additionally, consider partnering with local businesses and asking them to supply rewards in exchange for including their branding on your promotional materials.

Fun Obstacles to Include

Here are some ideas of obstacles you can include in your course:

  • Balance beam
  • Monkey bars
  • Rope climb
  • Walls
  • Stairs
  • Ice bath
  • Mud pits
  • Water balloons

Feel free to get creative with your obstacles! You can even ask participants to perform certain tasks to progress to the next stage. For example, you could have them hula hoop ten times in a row or knock a stack of cans over with a bean bag.

Which Organizations Should Host an Obstacle Course Fundraiser?

While obstacle courses are versatile events that can be adapted to fit the needs of most nonprofit organizations, these types of nonprofits would benefit the most from this type of event:

  • Youth organizations
  • Schools
  • Universities
  • Sports teams