"Everyone loves a train wreck, and the water pit is just that," former American steeplechase record-holder Ann Gaffigan wrote in Wired. "People flock to it when a race starts, hoping to witness a few good crashes. They’re rarely disappointed."
Running your fastest over 3,000m -- about 2 miles -- is tough enough. But adding in 28 barriers and seven water pits will make your already Jell-o-y legs tremble in brand new ways. The men's barriers sit 36in high, while the women's sit 30in, but the water pit is the same for both sexes: that is, treacherous.
Spanning 12ft long and 27.6in (70cm) deep at its deepest, the water pit forces runners to consider their strategy. Some choose to hurdle and land in the water, while others step up on the barrier to jump as far as they can. But runners at every level can fall, anywhere from high school through pros.