Tough Mudder Pennsylvania

This past weekend Jeff and I drove down to the Poconos so Jeff could compete in his second Tough Mudder. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a 10-12 mile challenge (in this case 12+ miles) where you encounter 20+ military style obstacles. People are encouraged to support each other and to finish -the event is not timed. It involves a lot of mud, a lot of cold water, fire, and electric shocks among other things. The event partially supports the Wounded Warrior project which is an amazing organization and a team from there completes each challenge.

Needless to say it is not really my cup of tea but it was so much fun to support Jeff and a group of friends who did it too and act as the official photographer and I was so proud of Jeff for finishing!

Release form? Try a death waiver. You don’t mess around at Tough Mudder.

Tough Mudder Pennsylvania Entrance

Jeff’s great friend Giles was doing his third Tough Mudder and Giles’ sister Vanessa (a former bride) was doing her second – I am friends with highly motivated people….let’s hope it rubs off on me 🙂

Many people don costumes which keeps things interesting – super heroes seemed to be an especially popular option

Tough Mudder Costumes

IMPRESSIVE.

Tough Mudder Mother Competitor

The team before the real fun begins 🙂

Clean team pre Tough Mudder

To get to the start line you have to climb over a wall….a sign of things to come

Tough Mudder Start

They release people in groups of maybe 100 every 20 minutes but hold you at the start line and psych you up before letting you go

Tough Mudder #2 begins!

This was Tough Mudder obstacle #2 innocently named the Arctic enema. Right before he got to the shipping container they dumped a fresh batch of ice in (lucky him) which I can imagine made it especially frigid

Tough Mudder Arctic Enema

More fun costumes. I was trying to figure out whether the guy in the suit ripped his pants off during the race because he was hot or started out that way.

Tough Mudder Costumes

This is “walk the plank”

Tough Mudder Walk the Plank

Everest

Tough Mudder Everest

This one was particularly smelly – it’s called the Electric Eel and you crawl through muddy water on your belly. Those yellow strings? They shock you intermittently just to keep you awake and moving. Are we having fun yet?

Tough Mudder Electric Eel

Impressively he’s still smiling 🙂 A good attitude is important for Tough Mudder!

This is the Boa Constrictor….climb down through a muddy tunnel, through muddy cold water, and then up through another muddy tunnel – I LOVE Vanessa’s face….I guess it’s not all fun and games!

Tough Mudder Boa Constrictor

Apparently when you’re this dirty you just don’t care 🙂

Each time there is a mystery obstacle – this time it was rings over……it’s a favorite of theirs…..muddy water – better hang on tight!! 🙂

Tough Mudder Mystery Obstacle

This is the final obstacle in Tough Mudder and is called Electroshock Therapy. Yes folks – you are shocked the whole way through….better keep moving. Notice that you’re also running through inches of mud and dirty water…..yum.

Tough Mudder Electroshock Therapy

But then you’ve made it to the finish line and you can get your headband….

Tough Mudder Finish Line

And your free beer!

Tough Mudder Finishers

Giles (a former thrower in college) rocked the Tough Mudder keg toss 🙂

Tough Mudder Keg Toss

The rest of the team finishes!!

And all happy tired “Mudders” pose for a picture at the end of the day

Tough Mudder Team Post Race

There’s already talk of the next one….. 🙂

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