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2013-04-22 08:12:07 PM
Wow. Details woud've been nice. Was it an issue with the obstacle, with the participants, with the guy himself?
 
2013-04-22 08:12:48 PM
Men's Health did a piece a few months back on how poorly planned these things are.

I did the Tough Mudder a couple of summers ago and it was really dumb IMO.  They hype the crap out of how hardcore it is but it's really kind of lame.  The funny thing is that I distinctly remember the announcer at the start line telling us people have died on the course when he was warning us to be safe before our star.  I knew that was a lie even then.  Then they arbitrarily put down "mile markers" that don't correspond to any actual distances whatsoever (if those were accurate, I ran a 4:30 mile that day).  Oh yeah, and for some reason they make it a point to rip on the Warrior Dash races at every chance they get for no apparent reason.

The whole thing is a joke.  If you're thinking about signing up, save yourself the money.
 
2013-04-22 08:13:37 PM
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Meh.  Amateurs.
 
2013-04-22 08:27:57 PM

balki1867: Men's Health did a piece a few months back on how poorly planned these things are.

I did the Tough Mudder a couple of summers ago and it was really dumb IMO.  They hype the crap out of how hardcore it is but it's really kind of lame.  The funny thing is that I distinctly remember the announcer at the start line telling us people have died on the course when he was warning us to be safe before our star.  I knew that was a lie even then.  Then they arbitrarily put down "mile markers" that don't correspond to any actual distances whatsoever (if those were accurate, I ran a 4:30 mile that day).  Oh yeah, and for some reason they make it a point to rip on the Warrior Dash races at every chance they get for no apparent reason.

The whole thing is a joke.  If you're thinking about signing up, save yourself the money.


My experience was similar. Hell, I busted my ass to get in shape for the one here. Best 1.5 mile 5k time ever!
The obstacles they advertised weren't all there, it wasn't all that muddy, and nobody got to start on time.
 
2013-04-22 08:31:34 PM
I did the tough mudder in Tahoe last year...I enjoyed it. It certainly wasn't as hardcore as they made it out to be, but as a mid-thirties, married father...it was a lot of fun to be running around the mountain getting muddy and climbing over/under obsticales.

As for this death...I am going to guess that he was jumped on, knocked unconscious, and them drown.
 
2013-04-22 08:34:32 PM
It's almost like yuppies and suburbanites who want to feel tough pay for the illusion of toughness by running what amounts to COPE course designed by frat brothers.
 
2013-04-22 08:34:52 PM
This is what is meant by not being such a stick in the mud.
 
2013-04-22 08:36:31 PM
Wondering where others ran their race. I did one in VT in May. soaking wet from the start. Caked in mud with extremely cold water obtacles. plenty of snow too. warrior dash was weak. The TM was difficult for me at my advanced age.
 
2013-04-22 08:37:21 PM

WTF Indeed: It's almost like yuppies and suburbanites who want to feel tough pay for the illusion of toughness by running what amounts to COPE course designed by frat brothers.


No way, man. The courses were totally designed by elite navy seals who teamed up with green barettes and the marine core.
 
2013-04-22 08:37:34 PM

WTF Indeed: It's almost like yuppies and suburbanites who want to feel tough pay for the illusion of toughness by running what amounts to COPE course designed by frat brothers.


It's almost like people in good shape enjoy being challenged.
 
2013-04-22 08:39:44 PM

Pocket Ninja: No way, man. The courses were totally designed by elite navy seals who teamed up with green barettes and the marine core.


Sh*t bro, how will the b*tches know you do P90X if you don't run a Tough Mudder so you have an excuse to walk around shirtless in public.
 
2013-04-22 08:39:54 PM

angrymonday: Wondering where others ran their race. I did one in VT in May. soaking wet from the start. Caked in mud with extremely cold water obtacles. plenty of snow too. warrior dash was weak. The TM was difficult for me at my advanced age.


I definitely got covered in mud, but the obstacles were generally overhyped in terms of difficulty.  It was fun, but its not worth $200 or whatever it is they charge.
 
2013-04-22 08:40:08 PM
I predict this thread will be full of farkers who get winded walking from the couch to the fridge claiming all these events are 100% weak ass shiat that in no way compares to the glorious time they got 1/3rd of the way up the rope in gym class...

/got such a rope burn that day....
 
2013-04-22 08:40:48 PM

balki1867: Men's Health did a piece a few months back on how poorly planned these things are.

I did the Tough Mudder a couple of summers ago and it was really dumb IMO.  They hype the crap out of how hardcore it is but it's really kind of lame.  The funny thing is that I distinctly remember the announcer at the start line telling us people have died on the course when he was warning us to be safe before our star.  I knew that was a lie even then.  Then they arbitrarily put down "mile markers" that don't correspond to any actual distances whatsoever (if those were accurate, I ran a 4:30 mile that day).  Oh yeah, and for some reason they make it a point to rip on the Warrior Dash races at every chance they get for no apparent reason.

The whole thing is a joke.  If you're thinking about signing up, save yourself the money.


I know people that have done them and they reported similar things.  A lot of the complaints I heard is that you end up just standing in line a lot at each obstacle.  So basically you jog a little bit, stand around, go over some obstacle (with help), rinse and repeat.  Oh and get electrocuted at the end.

If you want to be hardcore train for a triathlon.  Otherwise you are just paying for a glorified obstacle course.  That is cool in and of itself, but they don't really advertise it that way.
 
2013-04-22 08:42:21 PM
The one they had out here ladt summer was a complete disaster. They sold some 30k tickets even though they knew they only had parking for maybe 1500 vehicles. People were ditching their cars on the interstates and in neighborhoods to make it to the course by their start tomes. The state police stepped in and cancelled the second day.
 
2013-04-22 08:46:13 PM
Huh, I'm running the Spartan 5k in June here in Ottawa and from what I hear it's tough. I'll be disappointed if it's just bullshiat.
 
2013-04-22 08:51:53 PM

INeedAName: It's almost like people in good shape enjoy being challenged.


You want a challenge, run a Triathlon. You want the illusion that you've been challenged, run a 5k over some slat walls and through some mud.
 
2013-04-22 08:54:10 PM
I did this course on Saturday and it was more backed up at the obstacles than previous ones I've done.  There was a long wait at walk the plank, so it was more people jumping in than normal, not sure if Sunday had the same issues leading up to this guy's death.  It sucks that this guy died, but I hope they don't wind up changing things for the future.

In general, what you get out of it is up to you.  You could walk the whole thing and skip anything hard or try to go as fast as possible.  I don't think it's the most hardcore thing in the world, but I enjoy the challenge.

/To each their own
 
2013-04-22 08:54:11 PM
There are some alternate choices however, if you're really looking for something crazy:
HURT 100       The course record is 19:35.... as in 19hrs and 35mins.
Here's a list of events.  One of them has the requirement of 'must have finished a 200km race previously.'
 
2013-04-22 08:55:26 PM
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What about his mother?
 
2013-04-22 08:55:38 PM

WTF Indeed: INeedAName: It's almost like people in good shape enjoy being challenged.

You want a challenge, run a Triathlon. You want the illusion that you've been challenged, run a 5k over some slat walls and through some mud.


Maybe you're not good at metric conversions, but 5k = 3.2 miles. Tough Mudders and the like are usually 10+ miles.

And I don't do triathlons because swimming bores me.
 
2013-04-22 08:57:15 PM

WTF Indeed: INeedAName: It's almost like people in good shape enjoy being challenged.

You want a challenge, run a Triathlon. You want the illusion that you've been challenged, run a 5k over some slat walls and through some mud.


This. But obstacle races are fun. I did the Superhero Scramble and Run for Your Lives zombie race and had a great time. Doing another zombie race this weekend, but I'll be chasing people this time. But yeah, triathlons, regardless of distance, are great ways to challenge your fitness.
 
2013-04-22 09:17:21 PM
I'm actually surprised no one has already died in that electrocuted water hazard they use. Wouldn't take much to screw that little bit of business up and stop somebody's heart.
 
2013-04-22 09:27:42 PM
Teenage Mudda!

/all i got
 
2013-04-22 09:40:16 PM

Mudders?

www.beertripper.com
Proud
 
2013-04-22 09:46:09 PM
My buddy ran the Dallas one last year (which wasn't all that close to Dallas). I went to take pics/spectate, and the parking was a mess. It was basically 2 pastures that were ripped to hell by the time I got there. The dipshiat attendant tried to direct me into one of them which had a muddy ditch at the entrance (I'm in a mustang), and I basically said "yeah, there's no way my car can clear that." He said "Well, you're going to have to figure something out."

I said "Alright..." and just drove past him and right up to the front gate area and parked there.

I also laughed at this dude, who walked through the zappers at the end like this the entire way...

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2013-04-22 09:51:00 PM

INeedAName: There are some alternate choices however, if you're really looking for something crazy:
HURT 100       The course record is 19:35.... as in 19hrs and 35mins.
Here's a list of events.  One of them has the requirement of 'must have finished a 200km race previously.'


Badwater Ultramarathon is for real the nastiest foot race in the world. Your shoes literally melt, you have to run 200km from Death Valley (below sea level) to 8300 ft elevation.

You have to be f*cking insane even before you actually go out and lose your mind in friggin 120 degree temps.

I think there's also a bicycle race across the US that basically doesn't include sleep, Race Across America.

Tough Mudder is weak sh*t compared to those races.
 
2013-04-22 09:52:47 PM

WTF Indeed: Pocket Ninja: No way, man. The courses were totally designed by elite navy seals who teamed up with green barettes and the marine core.

Sh*t bro, how will the b*tches know you do P90X if you don't run a Tough Mudder so you have an excuse to walk around shirtless in public.


wow you guys need to stop.   You're killing me and i'm not even doing any exercises....       haha
 
2013-04-22 09:55:53 PM

bdub77: INeedAName: There are some alternate choices however, if you're really looking for something crazy:
HURT 100       The course record is 19:35.... as in 19hrs and 35mins.
Here's a list of events.  One of them has the requirement of 'must have finished a 200km race previously.'

Badwater Ultramarathon is for real the nastiest foot race in the world. Your shoes literally melt, you have to run 200km from Death Valley (below sea level) to 8300 ft elevation.

You have to be f*cking insane even before you actually go out and lose your mind in friggin 120 degree temps.

I think there's also a bicycle race across the US that basically doesn't include sleep, Race Across America.

Tough Mudder is weak sh*t compared to those races.


Also there's the Boston Marathon.
 
2013-04-22 10:00:33 PM
You completed Warrior Dash? TOUGH MUDDER?

CSB.
 
2013-04-22 10:10:14 PM

WTF Indeed: You want a challenge, run a Triathlon.


This. I got more beaten up by starting an Ironman swim from the fourth row center than I did in all four years of competitive collegiate water polo.
 
2013-04-22 10:10:18 PM

img.pandawhale.comyou are a puppet: bdub77: INeedAName: There are some alternate choices however, if you're really looking for something crazy:
HURT 100       The course record is 19:35.... as in 19hrs and 35mins.
Here's a list of events.  One of them has the requirement of 'must have finished a 200km race previously.'

Badwater Ultramarathon is for real the nastiest foot race in the world. Your shoes literally melt, you have to run 200km from Death Valley (below sea level) to 8300 ft elevation.

You have to be f*cking insane even before you actually go out and lose your mind in friggin 120 degree temps.

I think there's also a bicycle race across the US that basically doesn't include sleep, Race Across America.

Tough Mudder is weak sh*t compared to those races.

Also there's the Boston Marathon.

 
2013-04-22 10:12:48 PM
Does this mean I don't have to be bombarded by ads for Tough Mudder on Facebook anymore? I get it, Facebook. My out if shape. That doesn't mean I'm going to consider getting muddy to try to get into shape. I'll do CrossFit before one of these stupid obstacle courses
 
2013-04-22 10:24:15 PM
There should be a Double Dare obstacle course.
 
2013-04-22 10:26:58 PM

WTF Indeed: INeedAName: It's almost like people in good shape enjoy being challenged.

You want a challenge, run a Triathlon. You want the illusion that you've been challenged, run a 5k over some slat walls and through some mud.


Any straight up race can kick your ads if you run/bike/swim/whatever it right. They all have special challenges.

Right now, I would rather do mile 10 of a half than mile 2 of a 5k.
 
2013-04-22 10:27:23 PM

Pocket Ninja: WTF Indeed: It's almost like yuppies and suburbanites who want to feel tough pay for the illusion of toughness by running what amounts to COPE course designed by frat brothers.

No way, man. The courses were totally designed by elite navy seals who teamed up with green barettes and the marine core.


In Hawaii you can do the swamp romp which is basically one lap through the Marine corps core obstacle course
 
2013-04-22 10:44:55 PM
Generic "mud runs" are kinda fun, but when you bring in electrocution, I'm out.

Plus, this is where it's at, or so I've heard.
 
2013-04-22 10:46:18 PM

you are a puppet: Also there's the Boston Marathon.


I just LOLed.  I'm probably going to hell for that.
 
2013-04-22 11:14:29 PM
Sorry but my gauge of awesome race is a bit high...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_Masochist_Trail_Run

I wasn't fast but I finished.
 
2013-04-22 11:16:42 PM
I thought those races were just for girls to take some dating profile pictures.
 
2013-04-22 11:22:06 PM

balki1867:  They hype the crap out of how hardcore it is but it's really kind of lame.


The only person I know who has run TM ended up trapped inside of a completely submerged tube, praying desperately that the line of people ahead of him moved forward enough that he could escape before running out of air.

That sounds pretty hardcore to me.
 
2013-04-22 11:22:32 PM
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/ that is all
 
2013-04-22 11:42:36 PM

WTF Indeed: You want a challenge, run a Triathlon.


I'm doing one in just under three months.

WTF Indeed: You want the illusion that you've been challenged, run a 5k over some slat walls and through some mud.


It's 12 miles, not three. Those slat walls are 12 feet high, three in a row, and to be done after hauling a 50 pound log 1/2 mile across rolling terrain covered in loose wood. Stop shiatting on something you've never f*cking done.

balki1867: but its not worth $200 or whatever it is they charge.


Sign up earlier then. I paid $87 last year.
 
2013-04-22 11:46:18 PM
FTAThe 28-year-old had to be removed from a deep pool at the "Walk the Plank" aquatic obstacle after being submerged for some time.

Lifeguard must have been distracted by a hamburger...

speaker7.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-04-22 11:48:01 PM
stupid shiat is stupid.  you do it, you might die.  seriously, why is this a thing?
 
2013-04-23 12:00:14 AM

A Fark Handle: stupid shiat is stupid.  you do it, you might die.  seriously, why is this a thing?


I know, right? This is why driving and flying never gained any traction as modes of transportation.
 
2013-04-23 12:04:55 AM
I did the Tough Mudder in Tahoe last September.  Because there are so many people there, there is ample time to rest while waiting in line for all the obstacles, none of which are all that difficult.  It was basically a 13 mile jog/walk that involved.  Was nothing really difficult about it, but I did have a good time.  They even gave me a Tough Mudder headband that I wear never.  I can't even fathom how much of a failure you have to be to die at one of these things, unless the electricity aggravates a previously undetected heart condition or something.  Whatever.
 
2013-04-23 12:10:35 AM

Pocket Ninja: WTF Indeed: It's almost like yuppies and suburbanites who want to feel tough pay for the illusion of toughness by running what amounts to COPE course designed by frat brothers.

No way, man. The courses were totally designed by elite navy seals who teamed up with green barettes and the marine core.


lol.
 
2013-04-23 12:11:17 AM

The Flexecutioner: Pocket Ninja: WTF Indeed: It's almost like yuppies and suburbanites who want to feel tough pay for the illusion of toughness by running what amounts to COPE course designed by frat brothers.

No way, man. The courses were totally designed by elite navy seals who teamed up with green barettes and the marine core.

lol.


ftfm
 
2013-04-23 12:46:12 AM
Ran TM Kentucky with a friend of mine last October. Yes, it's basically a 10-13 mile (depending on course) walk/jog. You, of course, can bust ass between obstacles if you'd like. You'll have to do some waiting at obstacles, but you have freedom to go your own speed. That kind of defeats the purpose to blow through the course though; it's not like they give out medals. Of course you want to finish, but it's great to help people out if they're having a hard time. Hell, I found myself helping strangers out of obstacles throughout the entire event.

Anyone who says this thing is "easy" had to have ran on a warm day in perfect weather. Admittedly, the course isn't all that difficult; however, add in freezing rain and 40 degrees, it adds in the misery element. The weather during my TM last year was low 40's, freezing rain, and massive wind the whole day. Diving into a dumpster full of ice when it's 80 and sunny isn't so bad; it's a whole new thing when it's already 40 out and you know you're going to be even more miserable the second you leave the water.
 
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