|This is Tracey...she is an avid marathoner, 1/2 marathoner,|
and Ironman competitor!
We talked running, marathons, triathlons, etc for the full 40 minute drive. I have to admit that I was a bit worried about parking having remembered my Run or Dye experience....but it was no problem! We quickly registered, wrote our numbers on our arms, and headed back to the truck to change.
|All ready to go! We both decided to run without socks...|
don't do it...but more on that later.
|Tracey and Dave...all set to race!|
|My 360 Fit Fam|
Making our way down the hill, we came across obstacle #3 - the 'Light at the end of the Tunnel'. The picture below is a stock photo I took off line...and we actually went down the tunnel into the mud...not the way the pic shows.
|that's the slide in the background|
This is where it gets a little foggy as I can't remember the order of the next few obstacles....we had:
- a hose that just sprayed water everywhere...not much of an obstacle...but the ground was REALLY slippery.
- We had a couple deep bogs to go through...like one was chest deep.
- There was the trench (again....awful smell). Over one mud lump, down in pure mud (chest deep), up another mud lump, then down in pure mud about hip deep. As I walked out of this one, there was no denying that there was MUD in my shoes...to the point that my shoes felt a size too small. And the mud didn`t drain from that point on.
- There was the 'Punch Drunk Love'. A bunch of big objects that you push through. The obstacles were light, so not a big deal.
- There was the car demolition - basically just running over a bunch of beat up cars and the first place I saw a photographer.
- Backwards bull frog - I know this one was close to the finish as the water that was cascading over the obstacle felt great. We also used the water to clean up our hands and face.
- Up next Kong....this was another cargo type obstacle...up a wall, across a cargo net, and down the other side. Sherry (the person I stayed with) was terrified of heights, and this one had her frozen on the cargo net. I talked her through and she beat the obstacle. She said it was the scariest thing she had done...but she didn't let the fear win....proud of her!
- Hero Walls - these were more walls you traverse over but they are a bit higher, with one being inverted. This obstacle had easy, hard, and harder levels.
- With one obstacle left...the mud crawl...we were finished!
|Again...not my photo...an internet one...but you get the idea.|
So....how did I find Mud Hero? It was well organized, plenty of time to register and get ready for the race, there was entertainment, plenty of porta potties, and first aid. My only complaint was that it took at least 2-3 obstacles to spread out the folks. A fix might be to do less people and increase wave times to every 15 minutes. Be prepared to get VERY dirty...not just a little...but a LOT!! The mud stunk in places as I`m pretty sure it`s mixed with manure....so unless you are okay with that...a mud run might not be for you. There were at least 2 water stops and volunteers at each obstacle to ensure you knew what to do. Mud Hero did not have any punishment for not completing an obstacle which opens the race up to many more people...a good thing I think! There were a lot more happy faces as I ran through and such diversity in ability and ages then compared to Spartan. There were photographers at a couple of stations and I`m excited to see those shots. The race was less than an hour from my home which made getting up and going to the race a relaxing adventure!
Will I do it again? Yes I will...next year I`ll run the course and see what I can do! If you are looking to get into the obstacle course racing scene...I would recommend a mud run as your first!! Great job to all the organizers and volunteers....see you next year!