Leader of the (Mud) Pack

When Mud Hero comes to town, everyone comes out to play
  • Jun 30, 2014
  • 512 words
  • 3 minutes
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This magnificent butterfly finds a little heap of dirt and sits still on it; but man will never on his heap of mud keep still. So wrote Joseph Conrad in Lord Jim, published at the dawn of the 20th century. We’re sure Conrad would have included women in his musings if he were living in the here and now, but not to worry. The folks at Mud Hero are clear: This event has gender parity and then some. And they won’t keep still either. That’s how they’ve managed, after only three years, to reach the top of the mud heap when it comes to Canadian obstacle races.

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No matter what their age or gender, it seems, people love to get down and dirty. On Saturday, July 26, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, they’ll have their chance at the Hill Top Resort near Lake Winnipeg’s Grand Beach, less than an hour from the city. Participants can leave their stash of clean clothes at the secure (and free) bag check and wade in. The first wave of many (each wave is limited to 500 competitors) leaves at 9:30 a.m.

With 18 obstacles, you have your mucky work cut out for you. A sloppy roll under a log gets you started on the 6-kilometre course. Make your way over the top of three so-called hero walls, and test your shocks at the demolition derby, where mere mortals dare to leap over old automobiles. The pace slows at the inflatable hero slides, and then you’re into the deep, dark woods. Up next, a series of walls that will keep you limber, then on to the superhero cargo climb. If you’re afraid of heights, that’s just too bad. Human-made spiderwebs? Bring ’em on. You might feel a little nostalgic for the comforting feel of solid ground when you hit Crawdaddy Creek. Keep those shoes tied on tight, and watch out for the things that crawl.

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We’re more than halfway through the obstacles now, but a steep run up Hamburger Hill will knock you down a few notches if you’re feeling cocky. Your reward? A bigger than ever series of water slides down into a glorious mud pit. A little treat called “Acrophobia” is next. Details withheld. (The dictionary definition reads “an abnormal fear of heights,” but what’s abnormal?) Dark tunnels and trenches ahead, down and under and over heavy cargo netting, a balance beam over a murky pond, more netting plus a slide down a fire pole—you are so close until—KONG! Not sure what it is, but it’s all new for 2014.

Time to wrap this filthy exercise up and give everyone what they came for: the dirtiest mud crawl in the business. Now you’re home free. Get hold of that Mud Hero medal and stay tuned for the live bands at the post-Mud Hero Mud Bash.

As with all good adventure races, you’re encouraged to pay the benefit forward. At the Winnipeg event, CancerCare Manitoba Foundation would appreciate your support.

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Photos courtesy Mud Hero


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