I’ve been busy recently: managed to podium at the Tough Guy and Gal Wellington, organised a Golf Tournament, organising a charity event this weekend, and more. But also this weekend is…
This race from Mule Event Management is looking like a notable obstacle race in the NZ scene, as:
- It’s, from what I’ve seen, in touch with the obstacle racing community with an interest or love in the emerging activity of OCR
- It includes obstacles requiring upper-body strength such as weight carries, which is something I’d love to see as it would, here’s hoping, take-out the runners from winning and allow more functionally fit people to use their fitness
- It has a genuine military-inspired background, which makes you feel badass (that feeling of running across a course influenced by the military is part of why people pay to enter these races I think)
- And finally, I have to say, it’s scaring me leading into this race
Being scared about entering an OCR is good. It’s part of the experience I think. It’s the experience I had leading into Tough Mudder – the first mud run I entered. Clicking the signup button on your computer, and then worrying before you go to bed at night if you’re fit enough, if you’ll get stuck in the mud, if you’ll be able to finish. Since then I’ve entered a few more races, and found many of them around NZ are, basically, just trail runs with extra mud – plus a few cargo nets and tires scattered around as obstacles. All-in-all, these are more running races tying into the growing popularity of mud running, rather than challenging, boundary pushing, comfort zone conquering obstacle races – so it’s great to see a race like The Madness which has scary, challenging obstacles, such as open water river crossings (which is the obstacle that scares me the most. I’ve been learning to swim recently thanks to being hooked up with free swimming lessons, but don’t think I’m ready for open water swimming yet).
Also, The Madness is including a very interesting race start:
“The start: Teams will assume the prone position (lying on the ground face down) / smoke will be used / your official start will be set off with a sawn off shotgun (blank rounds).”
Wonder if they’re joking about that. Probably not. It’ll be great fun.