by OCG writer/guest blogger Jordan Carver
It all started 7,500 ft above sea level: Thousands of adrenaline junkies all gathered together at the Bear Valley Mountain Resort for the most physically exerting day of many of our lives. The Tough Mudder competition occurs multiple times over the course of a year throughout the United States. The extreme mud run was created by British Special Forces to test the mettle of any man or woman who thinks they have what it takes to survive. The event is so difficult that it is called a challenge instead of a race; finishing this competition is a definite check off anyone’s bucket list. The course generally has around 18 obstacles including a 2,000 foot climb over a mile length, a submerged swim through 35 degree water, a mile-long log carry, and a mad dash through a wall of fire.
There were many times during the challenge that I thought I was going to collapse, but the camaraderie and teamwork of everyone running was enough to keep me on my feet. At any point, if a “mudder” began to struggle, another “mudder” was right there to get him/her back on their feet and through the next obstacle.
If any of you sports enthusiasts, health buffs, or gym rats are looking for a way to prove that you are at the pinnacle of fitness, than this challenge is definitely for you. There will be another ToughMudder race at Snow Valley in Southern California in May of 2011. Tickets are much cheaper if you buy them early, so head to www.toughmudder.com to sign-up; all profits go to the Wounded Warrior Project. If you really want a challenge, our very own Green Berets have a special challenge called the Goruck Challenge. In the Goruck Challenge, each participant wears a backpack with 25-lbs of bricks on their back and runs the course with (and at the same speed as) the Green Berets.