As I write this I’m in the southern tier of New York, near Pennsylvania. I set up several audio stations at a Tough Mudder competition and am DJ at the starting line. I had heard of these events but never really knew how intense, and insane, these really were. This course was 11.6 miles long and full of challenges.
Here are some pics from earlier today.
My view into the caged area at the start. Racers climbed a wall to get in before the race started. The MC pumped them up and I was DJ “Jae” to him. There was a script to our “act” but other than that I played your staple pump you up tunes: ACDC, Rage Against the Machine, Eminem, Foo Fighters, and you’d probably guess others.
MC Shawn getting everyone pumped up. The proceeds all go to the wounded warrior program and there were a lot of military people in attendance. Shawn did a great job of pumping up the crowd while keeping focus on the point.
Part way through the 15 minute pumping up, Shawn wades out into the crowd and everyone takes a knee. He tells a story about a Marine, Jason Dunham, who jumped on a live grenade to save his team. He was 22.
We let out another wave every 20 minutes. There were several racers that actually went around a second time. A 56 year old dude that went out at 7:40am with the first heat was back at the starting line with the 10:00am heat. What a stud.
The land for this event was donated by a farm family. The course covered quite a bit of the property and included a lot of obstacles and challenges. There was an awful lot of preparation that included heavy machinery moving earth and contractors building large structures.
Some people were definitely tougher than others. Those mudders would crawl through this quickly with little effort to avoid the wires. They knew they wouldn’t die and it would soon be over if they just huffed through it.
The Burn Zone was a new event. Mudders would arrive here and take a lane while an aerobics instructor gave them a solid whooping. I’m not sure this was even at the half way point and some of these people looked faint.
The biggest attraction was after you completed the course. It wasn’t about winning or getting a great time. It was just about finishing. If you can finish it, you were tough. That big stage with balcony was a bar that served cold refreshments. By 10am it was seeing quite a bit of patronage.
I did take some video with my phone that I’ll upload at a later. I’m sitting in a grungy little hotel in the middle of nowhere so it made sense to upload a few of these now as I pound down a few Guinness.