I have run one marathon, a team marathon, a handful of half-marathons, and lots of 10k and 5k runs. In fact, the wife and I are registered to run a 5k on the 4th of July, sponsored by our alma mater, Wayland Baptist University. If you are like me, and have participated in a number of more traditional running events, you are likely bored, or at least somewhat bored, by the basic format. There really isn’t a whole lot to registering for an event, training for a period of time, showing up on the scheduled date, and just, well, running. Enter …
It’s likely that you have heard something about Tough Mudder events. Maybe you’ve even participated in one or two. (If so, I would love to get your thoughts and insights.) I haven’t had the pleasure – or displeasure perhaps – of participating in an event. However, I plan to change all that in the not so distant future. I’m ready for a change of pace, something a little different.
Conducting some research, to find out a little more about the events, here is what I have learned. There are four types of events, broken down as follows on the Tough Mudder website:
Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile mud and obstacle course designed to drag you out of your comfort zone by testing your physical strength, stamina, and mental grit. With no podiums, winners, or clocks to race against, it’s not about how fast you can cross the finish line. Rather, it’s a challenge that emphasizes teamwork, camaraderie, and accomplishing something almost as tough as you are.
Tough Mudder Half is not a race, it’s a challenge. Designed to test teamwork and grit on a 5-mile obstacle course without fire, ice or electricity, it’s all the mud and half the distance. It’s the first step to joining a community of 2 million strong around the world, who’ve found camaraderie overcoming mud-drenched obstacles and adrenaline pumping challenges. Epic obstacles and fewer hours wasted on a treadmill – it’s all your friends and no excuses.
World’s Toughest Mudder (WTM) is an extreme 24-hour obstacle course challenge. While the man, woman and team who completes the most 5-mile course laps in 24 hours will be crowned champion, those who complete 25, 50, 75 or 100 miles will be honored for their efforts. WTM is open to athletes of all levels, and there are no formal entry requirements.
Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder is a 1-mile obstacle course mud run designed specifically for adventure-seeking kids. The course gives kids the chance to work as a team, get muddy, and experience the thrill of adventure.
It is featured at all Tough Mudder events in the US, UK and Ireland. Kids must be between the ages of 7 – 12 and over 1.1m (3.5 foot) tall to participate.
While I always enjoy the challenge of a good run, I’m intrigued by the idea of something a little different, something that presents a challenge in different ways. I believe a Tough Mudder event would fit the bill. As I close in on finding, and preparing for an event, I will keep you abreast of my training, and of course, my thoughts and experience following the conclusion.