Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tough Mudder - Tampa, Florida

Tough Mudder - Tampa, Florida


Race Link

Screw the Half Ironman this sounds like more fun.  This race is described as "Screw the Half Ironman this sounds like more fun.  It is described as "Tough Mudder is not your average lame-ass mud run or spirit-crushing ‘endurance’ road race. It’s Ironman meets Burning Man, and it is coming to a location near you. Our 10-12 mile obstacle courses are designed by British Special Forces to test all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie Tough Mudder is 3-4 times longer and MUCH TOUGHER than a typical mud run such as Warrior Dash.  Other mud runs like the Muddy Buddy series? Forget it – unless you want to run alongside your 60-year-old grandmother. Tough Mudder is a truly exceptional event for truly exceptional people. Fair weather runners should stay at home. (Source). "

This race has it all (see here):
  • Running 12 miles
  • Electroshock Theropy (some have 10,000 volts)
  • Steeplechases
  • Mud pits filled with ice cubes
  • 15ft hall wall jumps into lakes
  • Underwater tunnels
  • Mud Crawls with barbwire overhead
  • Huge mountains of hay to climb
  • Spider web rope climbs
  • Huge monkey bars that are sometimes greased with butter
  • 4ft high flame runs
  • Rope river crossings
  • Wall climbs
  • Trenches filled with mud
  • Cargo net crawls
  • Bridge climbs
  • Swamp bog crossings (watch out for the alligators)
  • Tire Tunnels
  • Hay bail jumping
  • High pressure water jets
  • Telephone log carrying
"Think you can handle a tougher Tough Mudder? Try running it as a part of Team GORUCK, led by Special Operations members at any Tough Mudder event you sign up for. This elite team completes the course wearing weighted down GORUCK backpacks and always finds creative ways to make the race even tougher, because tougher = more fun.  However, since these Green Berets don’t want anyone slowing them down, you must first complete the GORUCK Challenge. To pass, you and your fellow Challenge takers all wear GORUCK backpacks stuffed with 20 lbs of bricks across a grueling trek ranging from 12-18 miles and lasting from 6-9 hours. " (Source)

I wonder if I can get Bonnie to do this race.  This may help "Question: Will there be showers after the race? Answer: All participants will have the opportunity to be hosed down by volunteer firemen after finishing the course." ;-)

Maybe I will grow back the MacGyver for the Mullet Challenge.  What do you think?

"What is the Tough Mullet Competition? We recognize that the toughest people aren’t always the fastest or most athletic. One way of celebrating this is the Tough Mullet Competition. Participants can either arrive with a mullet or take advantage of the free head shave. Those with the best mullets will be invited to take to the stage, and prizes will be awarded to the top five mullets." (Source).

This race sounds like it kicks butt!! Has anyone done one of these races? Does anyone want..?


  1. Why don't they have races like this where I live? It has my name written all over it! :)

  2. @Silly Girl - Because you live in the sub-arctic. :-)

  3. We have some events like that here in SA. I did one where it was a half marathon that included a swim across a river and the local army base's obstacle course. With my ultra training I'm always scared I get injured with these races so yes, I'm a self confessed wimp.

  4. I want to do this challenge. But I'm kind of worried about the Electroshock Theropy (some have 10,000 volts). That sounds scary and I'm a wimp.

  5. My friend in Boulder is doing one of these and he is a tough guy. Sounds like a whole lotta painful fun. Go for it dude.

  6. this sounds freak'n awesome! wish it was in my neck of the woods.

  7. i watched that video it is really nice and thanks for sharing with us.. Tires Florida

  8. Bonnie, It seemed like people didn't get shocked later in the day when the 12v car battery was getting weak.

    Or maybe it was because the guy with the water hose had stopped spraying down people before they went through the Electro Shock obstacle.

    Either way, there's no shame in just going around it on the sides.

    My friend ran through with arms out wide and didn't seem to get shocked like the people earlier in the day.

    His girlfriend decided to just walk around the side.

    So don't let the electro shock obstacle keep you from enjoying the rest of the course. :)

    1. Hi Paul, Do you know if in this events you most know how to swim to pass those type of obstacles or there an option. Thanks. Tony

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