I was lucky enough to be given a race entry from NUUN for myself and P to the Atlanta Muddy Buddy. We truly had no idea what to expect.
Packet pickup was a half a mile from my house, quite convenient. We picked up our stuff and said hello to Laura working the NUUN table.
To say that P was excited about this would be a lie. He was a big trooper for being my teammate. I signed us up for the 9:15 time slot and it said to be there by 8. The race was actually in Conyers, GA which is about 30 minutes outside of Atlanta (from our neighborhood). I wanted to get there early anyway to help out at the NUUN tent with Laura and Jesica.
When we are arrived, we were both very impressed with the efficiency of the parking and the organization of the race. We had to park a walk quite a ways to the start area but got there and went right to work.
It was great meeting Jesica and her husband Fran and getting to see Laura again.
The Race Start
Our start time was set for 9:15. We headed over to that area and realized it was VERY INFORMAL. Jesica, Fran, P and myself all ended up pretty far back at the start and they were just letting waves of people go every few minutes.
We had absolutely no idea what to expect. I decided last minute to not bring my waterproof camera or my garmin because I didn’t want to ruin either. I wish I had pictures to explain more of this race to you and to explain our time. We ended up being in the last group of our “wave.” Looking back, I wish we would’ve pushed towards the front. Not everyone doing this race is an athlete-it is a “fun run.”
The entire thing was on a trail. I’m not sure how far we ran to get to the first obstacle but it was jumping over a wall. Quick and easy. We hit our next obstacle and notice a short line. It involved balance and holding hands. We fell off the first time and had to start over. We chose a different “balance board” to try because it was for people with shorter arms (i’m only 5’4”) and that line was pretty long. I would say that added 5-7 minutes to our time.
The next obstacle pissed me off. We waited a good 15-20 minutes to get to the actual obstacle. We climbed down a hill and literally had to walk through a creek. Actually, we ended up standing in it. At this point I was how stupid it was and how much this wasn’t what I expected. I’m so used to being competitive and standing in line wasn’t exactly exciting. As the line slowly moved we realized what was taking so long. You had to climb up a muddy hill. We figured out a plan and I went first. I ended up grabbing some branches (hoping it wasn’t poison ivy) off to the left of the hill and using tree trunks to lift myself. I ended up with splinters in my hands but made it with one try (we saw several women sliding and falling back into the creek). The actual obstacle? Rope climb and ring the bell. I killed it, if I do say so. I was pumped to see I was strong enough.
I learned while running this how much I enjoy trails! It was so nice. The next obstacle was quick but dirty-crawling through tunnels. We then hit the traverse wall, balancing while hugging and walking on a thin board. Hard to explain, but let’s just say my legs are black and blue from this one.
We had already felt like we had been out on the course for forever. Neither of us expected it to take nearly this long. We arrived back near the start area for the one obstacle I have a picture of. My favorite one of all-slide for you life. You climbed the cargo net and then had to slide back down. The second one was optional, but we did it anyway.
Back into the trails for a few more obstacles. We were still able to run pretty easily and passed several teams along the way. A climb through spider web-like obstacle, then another cargo climb-this time up and down on both sides, and a few hills and trails later to the over/under obstacle-climb over another wall-crawl under another cargo net.
We could hear the finish area and knew we were close. I will admit, we were both a bit more tired than we expected to be but were having a blast. The last 2 obstacles before the mud pit were more intense (of course with everyone watching). You had to climb up with a rope onto a very tall, skinny wall and then climb back down onto a ladder-like object. Again-very happy that my arms were strong enough to get me through it. The last one scared me because there were people falling. It was called slippery mountain-climb up a slippery board with a knotted rope. P got over quickly and I listened to someone from the Muddy Buddy staff say to keep your weight back and don’t lean forward. So I followed those directions. Unfortunately some ass next to me flew up and hit me as I was trying to climb over. A few F-bombs were dropped at him for the scare but I made it over okay.
ONTO THE MUD!! We had to crawl through the mud pit covered in a cargo net, so you couldn’t stand. I crawled and my arms and legs were covered-but somehow my torso wasn’t. The photographer jokingly said I cheated because I was still so clean 🙂 But I did cut up my hands and legs so I don’t think it was cheating.
Our final time was 1:22:00. Yes. For 3.4 miles and obstacles. Insane. Take away the lines and it would’ve been under an hour for sure.
We grabbed our medals and went to find the rest of the NUUN group. Jes and Fran had showered off quickly and we grabbed a last group photo before doing the same. Talk about filthy! 🙂
We had a blast. I only have two pieces of feedback for Muddy Buddy/Competitor Group. I do wish that there would’ve been more photographers on the course. We didn’t see any and I would’ve loved to have some action shots. I also wished that they had been more organized with the start and had less people start at the same time-smaller groups would make it better.
But…even with that being said….
DO A MUD RUN!!! We both had so much fun and would do it again in a heartbeat. Don’t expect to be too speedy-you can’t control how long it takes the teams before you to finish an obstacle. If you really want to try to be competitive, get up front in your group. Don’t bring anything valuable with you-I was very glad to not have brought my camera (even though waterproof) and my watch. Have fun, have fun, have fun.
Have you done a mud run or obstacle event? Would you do it again?