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McGuire 10K Mud Run (long) RR

post #1 of 20
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This must've been the craziest thing I've ever agreed (and paid) to do. Even after starting racing, I heard about the mud runs and figured you must be completely insane to do something like it. But in the off-season I figured it might be a fun distraction and indeed it was awesome!!!! One of the most fun racing experiences and something I'm anxious to do again.

The event on November 8th was the McGuire AFB 10K Mud Run, a first time event modeled after the famous Camp Pendleton course. Maybe a bit too late in the year for New Jersey, but almost 1000 people registered. Most of them were grouped in 5-people teams and we were about 330 individual racers.

Pre-race, it looked like a Halloween parade. You had cheerleaders, hoola dancers, a full range of super-heros (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, an Invincibles team), the expected military and police uniforms, the Burger King, a flock of angels, pigs and everything else that you can imagine. I felt for most of them, because it was pretty cold and windy, with the threat of rain. But what am I talking... I chose to brave the cold and go in shorts and a short sleeve t-shirt. Did I mention we were supposed to go through lots of cold water?

So here comes the start, and the first almost entire mile was on base roads. Started up front, got passed a but, then passed the King, passed the Wonder Woman and finally got on the trail. First fun moment: jump over a mud wall and into the wet mud pit. And we had to crawl under foot-high ropes. So the fun really began as everybody got really muddy, dragging through the deep mud. I lost a shoe also, but I made it out and for a while, my saliva was very crunchy. Back on the trail, we got to the tire steps. I'd been afraid of tripping here, but it was quite easy, no problems. I also saw a plane doing a vertical take off, very slowly to our side, and then with a huge roar it flew away.

Next obstacle were the 4 feet high hurdles, and lots of them. I was cautious on the first, climbing over it carefully. I got confidence and found better ways of jumping over them. By the last hurdle I thought I perfected my hurdling skills and launched myself with a slight hand support. I launched so well that I completely crashed and rolled over on the other side. Luckily it was muddy, so I didn't hit myself too hard, but from this only fall I got my only battle wounds, a bloody lower leg.

We followed with an easy trail run through the woods, punctuated by lots of legs across our path, at various heights (some to jump over, some to duck under), and then we heard yelling ahead meaning we were reaching another fun spot. Which was rapeling down into a creek. I really liked this, it wasn't very high, maybe 10-12 feet, and I got down safely, while I saw at least one person falling into the water. We had to go for maybe 500 feet upriver through the cold water, but it wasn't deep, mostly knee-high.

Another obstacle I feared was the 5-feet high wall, but it had a very small step halfway up so it was easy getting over it. I also helped a little guy here, he was really helpless so I pushed him over the top. More simple trails followed, the only diversion being the hay bales. Something really easy for tall guys like me, two steps and I was up, no need to climb. Probably the hardest event of the race was the rope cross. Two ropes crossing the creek, you had to hold on to the top one, and slide your legs over the bottom one. Having other guys on the rope made it harder but I went slowly and managed to make it across. A few others fell or chose to just swim across, despite all the alligator jokes you could hear around.

We came to another river to cross, a wider one this time. I slided down to the water and dropped into the water all the way to my chest since it was very steep. Walking across the water got almost to my neck, which meant a lot of people were swimming here. The good thing is that it helped us wash off most of the mud and dirt. To get up the other side, which was pretty high, we had to use ropes and for some it seemed quite hard since some of the military guys had to help them up.

The final obstacle was the mulch hill, a big pile of wet mulch. Again, advantage to the tall guys. I sped up and in 3 steps I was on top. Around me, people were getting dirty again, having to crawl hands over feet. And that was it with the fun events. We got back to the road and we had to run more than a mile to the finish. It's surprising how I never suffered because of the cold, with the water and the wind, and eventually it even started raining, which I kind of enjoyed (to wash the dirt off my face and hands). I also felt like it was ending a bit too soon. I was ready for a lot more!! With a 10K of 49:49, I was expecting well over an hour on this race, even close to 1:30. But I had plenty of road to go all out at the end, as we went along the runways, some huge hangars and pretty cool airplanes. We passed under a water hose and then over the finish line in 59:33, a lot better than I expected (112th place out of 330)! It's faster than the 10K in my first Oly tri. I was raining hard by now, and after stopping to run I was getting hold, but I headed to the cold outdoor showers. Another surprise! The water was nice and waaaarm. I didn't want to get away from that. As more people came in it started looking like a wet tshirt contest but eventually I left for the food tent. They had awesome donuts there, I had at least 6 or 7 of them.

So that's the story of my first mud run. I'm only counting on the official pics, since cameras were not allowed on the base. It was an awesome experience and I'm looking forward to the next one!
post #2 of 20
That sounds like fun. Can't wait to see the pics.
post #3 of 20
It sounds like a fun and incredible race. Great job!
post #4 of 20
Sounds like a blast! So did you end up doing most of it in only one shoe?
post #5 of 20
that sounds like FUN. maybe next year I'll drag AdCo down and stay with my dad.
post #6 of 20
that really sounds like a blast!
and FAAAST for such a nutty course!
post #7 of 20
That sounds crazy, but you had a real good time. Good job man.
post #8 of 20
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TASM, no, I put it back once I got out of the mud pit.

Em, was it you who had a RR about a Mass. mud run? I remember reading about one in your area... Next year, this one will be earlier in the year, that's what they said.
post #9 of 20
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TASM, no, I put it back once I got out of the mud pit.

Em, was it you who had a RR about a Mass. mud run? I remember reading about one in your area... Next year, this one will be earlier in the year, that's what they said.
nope, not me... there was a muddy buddy up here but not this year. definitely post about this next year, I'd love to give it a shot even though I'll get my butt kicked.
post #10 of 20
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Monica, I wanted to do it in a team next year, not sure how many people I can get, we need 5, maybe if you guys come...
post #11 of 20
That race sounds crazy. How did they work the teams? Did each person run 2k? I can't imagine all those people out there in the muck and mire.

You had me laughing when you fell over the hurdle. It sounds like fun although it would probably be a lot more fun if it was during warmer weather. My hat is off to you.
post #12 of 20
Wow, that race sounds like a blast! Very nice job. And your time relative to your stand alone 10k time, was great. Way to Go!

Mike
post #13 of 20
That sounds like a real fun deal ... [scribbles note to add to next year's race calendar]
post #14 of 20
Wow, that really does sound like a crazy-fun time. But I gotta know, did you ever beat Wonder Woman? You say you passed her early on, but I mean, you didn't let Wonder Woman get back in it, did you?

Either way, way to make off-season fun... if not dirty!
post #15 of 20
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...passed the Wonder Woman...
That sounds lie a victory right there!

This race sounds like nutty fun! I've never heard of anything like it! Good for you for taking it on!
post #16 of 20
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But I gotta know, did you ever beat Wonder Woman? You say you passed her early on, but I mean, you didn't let Wonder Woman get back in it, did you?
She had nothing on me. I saw her finishing a few minutes after me. But she was haawwwwwt.
post #17 of 20
This has the sounds of Team LIT meetup all over it! Sounds like an awesome time was had by all!
post #18 of 20
How much mud did you crawl through to train for this event?

Sounds interesting and strangely fun!
post #19 of 20
Fookin' nut...not sure that fun would be the word I'd use to describe it. Crazy, yes.
post #20 of 20
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This has the sounds of Team LIT meetup all over it! Sounds like an awesome time was had by all!
That's a great idea! I got Em and AdCo on my team already

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How much mud did you crawl through to train for this event?
Meeee? Mud??
You know, this was the kind of thing that you figure out once you do it once. So next year it will be much easier.
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