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Challenge Yourself by Joining a Mud Run

By Mud Runs (616 words)
Posted in Staying Fit on June 13, 2013

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Test your limits by joining a mud run!While growing in popularity around the world, many people remain unfamiliar with mud runs. Anyone who has ever competed ably attests to the mental and physical endurance required. However, the sport continues attracting everyone from amateur to experienced athletes. Men, women and children of various ages regularly attend the runs. When looking for a unique way to get exercise while having fun, consider participating in a mud run.

Basics of a Mud Run

The run generally follows an outdoor course spanning anywhere from five to 10 kilometers or three to six miles in length. Along the way, participants encounter a series of obstacles, not unlike challenges found on a military course. In fact, current or former military personnel often design and build the routes. Navigating across the mud run typically tests one’s decision making skills, problem solving ability and stamina along with strength and team work efforts. Competitors generally have a basic drive to complete the challenge.

Array of Obstacles

As the name of the events imply, participants usually encounter some type of mud obstacle. The mud might appear in the form of a simple muddy path that requires a belly crawl. The challenge may include a deeper mucky pit requiring careful, mushy wading. The course might include drainage ditch type piping partially filled with mud and water.

Other common obstacles often include cargo or rope ladders, piles of hay bales or junk cars. Contestants may have to travel through an area of the course while avoiding paintball assaults or enduring spray from fire hoses. Each race features a different layout with uniquely designed challenges.

Levels of Competition

The majority of people participating in the events do so for the challenge of completing the course. Seasoned athletes often gather to compete with one another. The start of the race is not a general free for all with all contestants traversing the course at the same time. Sponsors generally separate participants into groups that receive varying start times. Some events enable more competitive athletes the advantage of journeying through the course before other contestants.

Required Clothing

There are no hard and fast rules as to what participants should wear. Getting filthy remains part of the fun, so wear washable clothing and shoes. The variety of obstacles along the way usually requires everything from crawling to climbing, which means wearing clothing that allows for full mobility. Also take the outdoor temperatures into consideration. Clothing that mudders wear in the middle of summer varies from what one might wear during the fall months.

Fitness Requirements

While walking, jogging or running are all permitted and require different levels of fitness, the obstacles necessitate strength and endurance. In order to prevent possible injury, potential contestants should start some type of training regimen before participating.

Rewards

Besides the satisfaction of completing the course, mud runs offer the chance for family members or friends to experience the event together. Most events provide refreshments or a meal following the run, which provides the opportunity for making new friends. Runs usually hand out awards for serious competitors and may provide memorabilia to other participants.

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