Saturday marks the running of Mud Hero Halifax. We talked with race director Ted McLeod on how to win his race and have a blast doing it. For more information, click here.
What’s the first thing someone should know with regards to enjoying a Mud Hero?
When you do Mud Hero you step outside of the day-to-day grind and back to a simpler time when jumping in mud puddles was all the joy you needed. You’re guaranteed a good time if you come ready to embrace the mud – jump in, get dirty, help others and do it with a smile! Mud Hero isn’t just a mud run – it’s an attitude!
What makes Mud Hero Halifax unique?
Each of our Mud Hero events is unique in that we take into account the specific landscape of our local venues. Quite often we use natural elements like bogs, forest sections and hills to create our courses and act as backdrops for our obstacles. At Ski Martock, our Halifax event venue, we have 18 obstacles (including four brand new builds for 2016) spread out over 6 KM of rugged, forested trails. Halifax participants will particularly enjoy the picturesque views of the Annapolis Valley.
Say I’m racing my girlfriend and I want to win. Give me three tips for how to do that.
Tip 1: Don’t do it.
Tip 2: If you are reading tip 2, you obviously need more convincing – so here goes. If you would like to have a girlfriend before AND after Mud Hero, we strongly recommend tackling the event as a couple. Helping and encouraging each other along the course, crossing the finish line together and regaling others with the story of your combined success will solidify your couple bond and will be just the start of many shared adventures to come.
Tip 3: If you refuse to listen to tip 1 and 2, we can’t be responsible for what may happen. However, in this case we’d highly recommend that you ensure you have an alternate ride home (you’re going to need it).
I know we’re going to get muddy. Can you give me some pointers on how to dress for the event?
Most things go and you’ll get bonus high fives for old wedding dresses (think “trash the dress”), superhero costumes or matching team outfits. For traditionalists, comfort first: avoid jeans, baggy shirts that will create drag in the mud and anything that will slip off your feet easily (flip flops, Crocs, etc.). A good pair of running shoes, shorts and a tank top will do you just fine!
And finally, this a going to be so much fun! Tell me: what are folks doing after the race, when we’re exhausting but feeling terrific and, you know, covered in mud?
Bask in the glory of your Mud Hero finish with a post-race cold one at the Mud Bash! Refuel with a little BBQ, commune with other Mud Heroes and share stories of your event. Oh, and don’t forget to take a selfie in front of our epic Mud Hero inflatable!