Here we go!
In May, I’ll be partaking in the Tough Mudder. For anyone unfamiliar with the Tough Mudder, it’s an extremely rigorous obstacle course spanning over ten miles. The layout of the course was created by Will Dean to introduce the world to something radically different. Indeed it is different. Supposedly the course was inspired by British Special forces to test the limits of your mental and physical capacity.
The Tough Mudder event is scheduled throughout the year appearing in major metropolitan areas worldwide. Although, I’m a worldly traveler, I’m going to be sticking this one out State Side in the greenly state of Vermont.
Based on the description from their website, the Tough Mudder is no walk in the park. The course consists of negotiating walls, cargo nets, mud pits, and carrying logs up a ski slope. And this is just some of the challenges to navigate through to the finish line. Other unique obstacles include a 10,000-volt electric shock and the fire walker(I’m really not kidding). Even though, I knew about these obstacles before signing up, I still registered. I’m still trying to figure this one out, but there’s no backing out at this point.
It does sound a bit crazy to pay money to subject yourself to rigorous challenges and haphazards. As you can imagine, one must sign a liability releasing the event coordinators of any liabilities from injuries incurred on the course. Upon reading the liability on their web site, it includes such language as:
“…including but not limited to an above-average risk of death and/or serious injury.”
In short, you can die on the course and your surviving family members can’t do anything for compensation.
Even with such terms in place a lot of people have registered for the event. In fact, the Vermont location has two scheduled weekends, One in May and the other in July. I’ll be there in May with friends, so I’ll be in good company. Hopefully we’ll all finish.
I don’t know what I plan to accomplish from this. From what I gather there is no prize per say. The real reward is just the feeling of finishing a physically demanding obstacle course through teamwork and perseverance.
May will be here in no time, so I better get myself in to gear.
If you’re going, I’ll see you there.