In the mud

By Aaron Mabry | Apr 12, 2012

It’s finally green outside and while most years we’d be asking where the winter went, this particular season we’re wondering if it ever arrived. Not that I’m complaining, though this was the first year in recent memory I can’t remember having to use 4x4, chancing a drive to school or work, or getting cozy with that particular shovel that everyone hates to use. So as for this past winter, it was nice knowing’ ya’, even though we never really met.
Now, as for the Spring, it’s a perfect time to start ramping up for prime race season between April and August. However, has anyone ever considered that a race could entail more than a set mileage with a beginning and an end? Think about it. What if a race could deliver obstacles that are meant to push the body and it’s senses to extremes that we only see in our nightmares? And no, I’m not talking about your ordinary Iron Man competition. Gone are the days when the most daunting task for endurance athletes was a consecutive swim, bike and run. And compared to what’s currently sweeping the country, that’s merely child’s play.
Imagine this: a 12 mile course that forces you through barriers of ice cold water, burning fields fueled by kerosene, and hanging electrodes pulsed with over 10,000 watts of electricity. Sounds like a sure fire ticket to the emergency room, right? Well, that’s sort of the point. Introducing Tough Mudder, an obstacle race that’s team oriented, where the clock is the least of your worries and the ultimate goal is simple; finish.
“Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie,” as stated by the website. Moving on, “As the leading company in the booming obstacle course industry, Tough Mudder has already challenged half a million inspiring participants worldwide and raised more than $2 million dollars for the Wounded Warrior Project. But Tough Mudder is more than an event, it’s a way of thinking. By running a Tough Mudder challenge, you’ll unlock a true sense of accomplishment, have a great time, and discover a camaraderie with your fellow participants that’s experienced all too rarely these days.”
So there it is. Tough Mudder isn’t simply a race. It’s a challenge that lends itself to shear insanity, though proves to make warriors of those who can see it through to the end. I, for one, plan on competing, though you have to assemble a team to do it. After all, who is going to help you overcome obstacles such as 12 foot walls and pull you up when you’re hip-high in ice cold mud?
The next event in the Carolinas is being held October 27 and 28 in Society Hill, SC. To register, simply visit