Summer 2012, shortly before the end of the world, I did yet another mud run. This one was catchily titled – National Mudrunner’s Association Mud Run, or something like that. It was kind of a cluster.
I registurd because I had a discount through Schwaggle. Why not? Could be fun. But it was rough. Don’t get me wrong, I’m rooting for these guys to be successful, but the first time out of the gate for them was not so much successful. Besides the unfortunate title, the course was kind of jacked. Right at the start you have a few obstacles, then you basically go on a trail run for the next three or so miles, then you do a bunch of obstacles right at the end. So no, the obstacles were not spread out along the course. And no, the course was not marked very well. Tons of people kept taking wrong turns. At one point a group of us ran a half mile out of the way before someone told us to turn around. Berry strange.
And the obstacles, oh mama let me tell you. Some were very difficult, which is fine, but I skipped several of them because the lines were insanely long. To give you an idea, it took me like an hour and a half to do this 3 or so mile race – and that’s with skipping the obstacles with the Really Long Lines. Too bad to, cause one was a zip line that drops you in a lake – but talking to people in line, they said they had been waiting over an hour! No thanks. I’ll head to the post race beers, thanks.
Not to mention that when I arrived at the race, they had run out of goody bags and the t-shirts you were supposed to get for registering. But they tried to make good. They sent me a shirt later on after I emailed them asking for one. And they sent me a coupon for a discount on an upcoming race from their series. I didn’t register tho. Like I said, hopefully they’ll get all the kinks worked out and maybe I’ll try them again down the road.
The reason I don’t go to new restaurants is that I know it usually takes them a while to figure out how to make it run smoothly. I’d rather go then. I should apply the same logic to races I register for. Best of luck to them tho! Hope to see you down the mud trail.
Peace out home slice!