An Analysis To Explore Team & Solo Sports that Start with M

From marathon swimming to mountainboarding, there are a number of marvelous team and solo sports that are some of the most challenging sports out there!

Read all about sports that start with M!

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

This combat sport is a combination of several action sports such as boxing, jujutsu, wrestling, judo and few more.

Mixed Martial Arts has emerged as one of the fastest growing sports. Contestants perform certain fighting techniques such as grappling, kicking, striking, and ground fighting in this 2-player sport. There are separate games held for females and males.

Learning martial arts has always been on my list of things to do. It is a healthy sport to learn and you possess some great fighting skills which can always come in handy!

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Marathon Swimming

This Olympic sport takes place in an open water body with a 10 km course to cover. Participants start off with diving into the water body such as a lake, ocean or rivers with no lanes so accidental contact is likely to take place in the lengthy marathon.

I am a fan of swimming and I think I am pretty good at it but this marathon swimming seems like a real challenge. You need to be physically fit, have the mental strength and agility to take part in such a sport!

Muay Thai

Also known as Thai boxing, this sport involves striking and several clinching techniques.

This type of boxing is known as the “Art of Eight Limbs”, as the players make use of eight body parts – elbows, fists, knees and shins. This sport is not for the faint hearted – players commonly get minor injuries while playing Muay Thai.


These include a series of fast and competitive motor racing championships and events held across the world. Some world-renowned motorsports events include: NASCAR, Formula One, Drag Racing, Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing, IndyCar Series and many more.

What makes motorsports so popular is the thrilling experience it provides to the riders as well as the fans who watch it live or on screen.

Formula 1 racing is the most popular motorsport in the world, with a huge fan following.

Mountain Biking

Just as the name suggests, this sport involves riding a motorbike through the mountains. Mountain bikers are usually individuals who set out on a journey with a destination in mind or sometimes no destination – just to discover new places in the mountains.

This is an extreme sport with some dangerous and unpaved terrains that make it a difficult path for a motorbike to glide on.

There are a lot of mountain bikers who are vloggers. I really enjoy the videos and always wonder what an exhilarating experience it must be for the riders!

Modern Pentathlon

This Olympic sport is a combination of some fast-paced activities: freestyle swimming, fencing, horse riding (show jumping), pistol shooting and cross-country running.

Athletes are rewarded points based on their performances in the first three sports featured in the modern pentathlon. Moving forward to the last two events, also referred to as a laser run- which is a 3.2km cross-country running round and four series of laser pistol shooting. These activities are covered in two days – originally being one event per day.


This solo board sport, which is also known as All Terrain Boarding or Dirt-boarding, involves the use of a special surfboard which has decks, bindings, big wheels with pneumatic tires and two steering mechanisms called trucks.

With mountainboarding, you can try out different activities such as surfing, skating or snowboarding without actually having to ride in water, snow or sand!

Mountainboarders ride on various terrains which such as streets, woodlands, mountain bike trails, slopestyle parks, border cross tracks etc. This is an activity hat I have always found really cool yet difficult to master. I have a lot of respect for people who can actually master the simple sport of skateboarding, let alone mountainboarding which consists of such difficult sports that require excellent balance, coordination and strength.

COMMON FAQs regarding sports that start with M

Q. How are athletes timed in marathon swimming?

They wear a wristband also known as a transponder which times them.

Q. What does Muay Thai stand for?

‘Muay’ translates to boxing in Thai so it literally stands for ‘Thai Boxing’.

Q. What are the activities in the modern pentathlon?

These consist of swimming, fencing, horse riding (show jumping), pistol shooting and running.

Q. Which motorsport is the most watched in the world?

Formula One racing or F1 is the most popular motorsports as of 2023.

Author’s Opinion

These extreme sports that start with M are surely some of the most difficult and enduring sports out there. If you have what it takes then give these sports a try, whether it is a water sport or a land sport. Personally, I would love to try out mountainboarding someday!

What do you think?

Written by Usama

Usama J. is a passionate writer about the sports and works as an in house sports journalist at Openiun, and covered many international sporting events including ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022.