I completed my first Tough Mudder over the weekend in Maysville, Kentucky. Basically, it’s a twelve mile obstacle course that includes such fun challenges as the “arctic enema” (swimming through ice water), “electro-shock therapy” (running through electric wires, some of which contain a ten thousand volt charge; see video for some cool faceplants!), and “walk the plank” (jumping into cold water from around twenty feet high).
While the fitness aspect of the Mudder is important, the event is also centered around an awesome philosophy. First, the Tough Mudder organization is about giving back to wounded veterans through the Wounded Warrior Project. Second, all participants take this pledge:
As a Tough Mudder I Pledge That…
I understand that Tough Mudder is not a race but a challenge
I put teamwork and camaraderie before my course time
I do not whine—kids whine
I help my fellow Mudders complete the course
I overcome all fears
Basically, completing the Tough Mudder is a team event. It’s so extreme that it’s impossible to complete it without the help of others. Even if a person runs it alone and not with a chosen team, he or she will require help from strangers.
Throughout the race, I encountered many genuinely cool people. They helped each other out, never complained, and made the best of a difficult situation (my Kentucky race was fifty degrees and windy). The theme of camaraderie and friendship spilled over into the way the racers treated each other. And, it was awesome.
All of the parts of the Tough Mudder pledge are valuable for anyone of any age wanting to be popular and successful.
These values can be best summed up this way: be cool, quit complaining, work together to make everyone better off, and stop being afraid.
I wish everyone in every part of life could embrace this creed!
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