Have you noticed that in the past few years, obstacle course racing has grown exponentially? Baby Boomers on down to Gen X are looking for ways to get in shape and challenge themselves physically like never before. The Tough Mudder is one of the toughest sports events today, but there are others such as the Warrior Dash, Spartan Race and more.
What could possibly go wrong? How about sprained ankles, broken bones, slipped discs, electrical burns, electrical shock resulting in fainting and altered mental status, seizures resulting in permanent disabilities, dehydration, rhabdomyolysis/muscle breakdown…. The list goes on.
No matter how much you cross-train for the Tough Mudder, you can never be prepared adequately for jumping from a nine-foot high wall or running through a field of electrical wires while wet and hot. Jumping over fire seems to be the least dangerous of all the obstacles.
So why do so many people participate every year, and why is that number growing? I have yet to find the answer, but I will continue to prep those who want to participant to the best of my ability, and hopefully guide them into making some sane choices during the event. Then I will include a lot of prayers that he or she makes it through safely.