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(Kitsap Sun)   Participants in a mud run who were injured at the obstacle known as "Gravity's Revenge" are angry that it was correctly named (w/pic)   (kitsapsun.com) divider line 118
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2013-01-09 12:51:08 PM

BarkingUnicorn: You are injured by topless mud running?


Yes, it hurts my morals! Wah!
 
2013-01-09 12:53:08 PM
If you've ever seen the Spartan Race Facebook page, they basically seem to taunt people until you feel guilty for not signing up ("See? Even this 70-year old gramdmother can do it!" "See? Even this guy with NO LEGS can do it!") I think they're just trying to make as much money as possible.
On a tangential note, I volunteered (for $35) to be a zombie runner at a Run for Your Lives race. While it was fun to get made up as a zombie and legitimately scare people, I doubt I'd do it again, as some of the runners took it way too seriously (also, if you're going to run it, putting all of your flags in your crotch area will not dissuade zombies from trying to grab them).
 
2013-01-09 12:54:20 PM

BarkingUnicorn: deanis: I don't understand these obstacle course races. Is it that much fun being covered in mud, electrically shocked, AND completely exhausted?

You had a sheltered childhood, didn't you?


Couldn't you have combined your 3 comments into one?

My childhood was just fine, did plenty of adventurous/stupid things as a kid. Do I crawl through mud, run, and climb walls for fun now? fark no. Honestly, an adrenaline rush doesn't mean all that much to me.
 
2013-01-09 12:55:23 PM
Sounds like the race organizers were a bunch of incompetent morans who made one of the "obstacles" an inherently hazardous set-up that was poorly planned, poorly executed and poorly administered.

That said, if you're a contestant in one of these races and don't do a walk-through ahead of time, well, you lept without looking.
 
2013-01-09 01:19:28 PM
A few years back some coworkers did some kind of obstacle course where they were jumping pits of fire. It the pictures they had you could see guys off to the side with fire extinquishers. This year I think they are going to to do go ape and hang out in the trees.
 
2013-01-09 01:23:53 PM
I'm a serious runner but I don't have any interest in these events because, surprise, you could get wrecked and it's not really running. After RTFA I'm on the fence. On the one hand she signed a waiver and knew the risks but on the other, the course designers seemed to have put together an obstacle that was stupid and the medics were telling them to stop putting people down it. From the top it sounds like participants would not be able to tell how dangerous it was, so honestly I think the organizers should probably be held responsible to a certain extent here.
 
2013-01-09 01:25:37 PM

CarnySaur: If you've ever seen the Spartan Race Facebook page, they basically seem to taunt people until you feel guilty for not signing up ("See? Even this 70-year old gramdmother can do it!" "See? Even this guy with NO LEGS can do it!") I think they're just trying to make as much money as possible.
On a tangential note, I volunteered (for $35) to be a zombie runner at a Run for Your Lives race. While it was fun to get made up as a zombie and legitimately scare people, I doubt I'd do it again, as some of the runners took it way too seriously (also, if you're going to run it, putting all of your flags in your crotch area will not dissuade zombies from trying to grab them).


I signed up for that race back before they realized that they could charge their 'volunteer' zombies for the privilege of getting punched in the face by asshole runners. Didn't end up running, not due to the mud-pit of a parking lot that caused traffic to back up, creating a 3+ hour wait just to park. Not due to the hour wait to get on a shuttle to be taken to the course.

No, those ridiculous issues that should have been a clue not to bother, I ignored. It was getting to the sign-in station and learning that they intended to charge my wife $48 to wait around and hold the car keys.

That's an organization that has fully realized just how much windfall profit can be made on the backs of college kids with too much disposable income. Good for them, but my tolerance for being gouged goes only so far.
 
2013-01-09 01:29:52 PM

The Muthaship: Tat'dGreaser: Did they make them sign a waiver before participating?

Yep, but the risk/injuries went "beyond the scope" of the waiver according to the woman's lawyer.

What a bunch of crap, but sadly SOP.


All the complaints were filed by women. Maybe the course is to difficult for women? Maybe they should exclude women from the event?

The physical test requirements for women are less in many fields/careers. Maybe that is a really bad idea? And this course just exasperates the problem.
 
2013-01-09 01:33:15 PM

Jster422: CarnySaur: If you've ever seen the Spartan Race Facebook page, they basically seem to taunt people until you feel guilty for not signing up ("See? Even this 70-year old gramdmother can do it!" "See? Even this guy with NO LEGS can do it!") I think they're just trying to make as much money as possible.
On a tangential note, I volunteered (for $35) to be a zombie runner at a Run for Your Lives race. While it was fun to get made up as a zombie and legitimately scare people, I doubt I'd do it again, as some of the runners took it way too seriously (also, if you're going to run it, putting all of your flags in your crotch area will not dissuade zombies from trying to grab them).

I signed up for that race back before they realized that they could charge their 'volunteer' zombies for the privilege of getting punched in the face by asshole runners. Didn't end up running, not due to the mud-pit of a parking lot that caused traffic to back up, creating a 3+ hour wait just to park. Not due to the hour wait to get on a shuttle to be taken to the course.

No, those ridiculous issues that should have been a clue not to bother, I ignored. It was getting to the sign-in station and learning that they intended to charge my wife $48 to wait around and hold the car keys.

That's an organization that has fully realized just how much windfall profit can be made on the backs of college kids with too much disposable income. Good for them, but my tolerance for being gouged goes only so far.


Oh, I forgot about the waiting. Since I had volunteered, I had the option to run for free, which I was going to do that afternoon. However, after being stuck on the course for four hours that morning with a bottle of water, and then having to wait in line for about an hour just to pick up my gear, I decided to bail. Maybe their organization will be better this year, but I think their popularity will just make congestion even worse this time around.
 
2013-01-09 01:34:44 PM

cefm: Sounds like the race organizers were a bunch of incompetent morans who made one of the "obstacles" an inherently hazardous set-up that was poorly planned, poorly executed and poorly administered.
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Yes, that's exactly what it sounds like. Someone getting hurt at an obstacle course is just insane! Also, the statements from the attorneys is always the absolute truth without embellishment or exaggeration.

This kind of thing is the exact reason why things like this are disappearing quickly.

I could understand if there was some unknown danger but this was an obvious risk they all chose to take.
 
2013-01-09 02:19:17 PM

IRQ12: Yes, that's exactly what it sounds like. Someone getting hurt at an obstacle course is just insane! Also, the statements from the attorneys is always the absolute truth without embellishment or exaggeration.


The race really sounds like it was put together by some random people. It seems like there may be a lot of truth to the statements.


This kind of thing is the exact reason why things like this are disappearing quickly.


These types of runs (and the long relays like Ragnar) are the fastest growing things in recreational sports. Sure, they will eventually jump the shark, but they are far from "disappearing quickly".


I could understand if there was some unknown danger but this was an obvious risk they all chose to take.


Really? If you go down a slip and side, you assume that will obviously be rocks at the bottom?
 
2013-01-09 07:41:09 PM
I did this race. I also did that obstacle. It was definite dangerous. Some poor old lady (well, 50's or so) went down the slide right before our group and we were all kind of shocked she didn't get hurt. You could see where the hill was eroding which was causing the slope to get steeper near the bottom.

/I like to live dangerously
 
2013-01-09 07:43:55 PM

bacongood: From the description of the obstacle it was a slip and slide directly into rocks


When I went down it it was more of a muddy mess. It was a creek.

I don't recall seeing rocks. But as my earlier past stated, you could see where the hill was eroding so I could see how rocks started becoming part of the equation.
 
2013-01-09 07:47:00 PM

Mitch Taylor's Bro: Can you see that this is the bottom of the obstacle and that, by the time you get there, it's too late to use the rope? What does the scene look like at the top where you have to decide "should I take the slide or use the rope?" And do you hear what the volunteers are telling every participant at the top?


There was a rope easily visible at the top. There were people using it when I went by.

I don't recall the volunteers saying anything other than 'keep your legs up'.
 
2013-01-09 08:13:35 PM

ZER0T0THEC0RE: deanis: I don't understand these obstacle course races. Is it that much fun being covered in mud, electrically shocked, AND completely exhausted?

Take a look at any sport, is it fun to get worked over by a 400 pound guy for 60 minutes straight, or to stand around in a field for 3 hours waiting for a ball to be hit to you, or to go 9 rounds getting punched in the face and choked out.

If its your cup of tea, then yes.

/it is my cup of tea
//it also keeps me active and in the gym, trying to beat my times


Do you have to be at the gym in 26 minutes?
 
2013-01-09 11:05:54 PM

BarkingUnicorn: deanis: I don't understand these obstacle course races. Is it that much fun being covered in mud, electrically shocked, AND completely exhausted?

Sounds like you had a rotten childhood.


I dunno, I could do without the electrical shock part.
 
2013-01-09 11:07:44 PM

stappawho: Mitch Taylor's Bro: Can you see that this is the bottom of the obstacle and that, by the time you get there, it's too late to use the rope? What does the scene look like at the top where you have to decide "should I take the slide or use the rope?" And do you hear what the volunteers are telling every participant at the top?

There was a rope easily visible at the top. There were people using it when I went by.

I don't recall the volunteers saying anything other than 'keep your legs up'.


Thanks for chiming it. Always nice to have an eye-witness's perspective.
 
2013-01-10 11:31:41 AM

BarkingUnicorn: You had a sheltered childhood, didn't you?


You're still a child aren't you?
 
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