Muddy Brute – Wildwood, FL – April 9, 2016
As expected, the weather did start out cold on Saturday, but my mind kept telling me “at least it wasn’t as cold as December!” As the sun came up the warmer things got. My husband and I decided to register for the competitive wave so we could then volunteer and spend the whole day at the race. This worked out perfectly because at some races the volunteers often have no one waiting for them at the finish line, when they are allowed to run, which can be discouraging to some. Despite the coldness, there was a strong representation of athletes in the first wave. There were new faces I had not seen at Muddy Brute before, who were competing along with seasoned athletes who had run the course last year. I was excited the wave seemed pretty full and I was ready for the challenge.
|The Mud Was DEEP!|
As we began our 5 mile journey we quickly realized that Muddy Brute was unlike any other mud run we had ran in the past! Why? THE FIRST MILE! The entire first mile of Muddy Brute was the MUDDIEST first mile I had EVER experienced…and I’ve ran a lot of races…this was by far the muddiest! The mud was unlike any mud I had ever seen. It wasn’t the black gritty mud that Battlefrog is known for, it wasn’t the sandy white mud that Warrior Dash had… this was brown, smooth, and thicker than anything I had ever seen! It looked like regular mud on top, but then when you ran through it the mud would grab your body and pull you down. Some spots had it pull you knee high, others you went down waist deep. If you have childhood fears of quicksand this was not race for you! If I was a Queen and I could appoint awards to all the Mud Runs this one would be deemed “Muddiest Mud Run Mile in OCR.” The craziest thing with this mile is that there were obstacles through it, you had to figure out how to get over a six foot wall, climb up a mud soaked incline wall with rope, and balance your muddy self along a balance beam. Some runners may think these obstacles are pretty basic mud run obstacles… plant them in the middle of a mud pit where people are carrying mud on their shoes and bodies, and the mud is not solid … WHOLE NEW LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY RELEASED! Holy cow Muddy Brute, I take my crown off to you for that first mile, well played…. well played!
The festival area was welcoming and was mostly all on concrete. This allowed the ease of tents to be set up and spectators to walk around without getting themselves too dirty. DJ Jarich was on point with his music playing requests and getting the crowd moving. Muddy Brute even had the occasional push up challenge and rope climbing challenge where competitors could compete for a free race! There was a food truck vendor on site for after race munchies and small shower clean up area. The bathrooms were amazingly clean and I have to give the bathroom award to Muddy Brute. During the race I learned that there were volunteers stationed within the bathrooms to ensure cleanliness and not to run out of toilet paper. Many of us know that most volunteers hate that assignment, and usually half-heartedly do what is required. I have to say, and this is coming from someone who has used a lot of yucky race bathrooms, this by far was the most pleasant experience I’ve had. The floors were clean, the ladies were nice, and there was always toilet paper! I was impressed, so thank you volunteers!
All in all this race made me fall in love with mud runs all over again. It was fun, challenging, and whole heck of a lot of mud was involved! I would recommend this race to anyone who has not ventured to do a mud run yet, a seasoned athlete, or a family wanting to try something new. Oh and the cherry on top was the fact that I chose to run this race with my husband. It had been a long time that we actually ran together and we both encouraged each other on and helped each other through obstacles. Even better than that, someway, somehow I won 3rd place in my age group! My first ever mud run podium! When they called my name I was taking pictures of the volunteers at the finish line and froze... I thought holy cow that's me and ran up to get my medal! Thank you Muddy Brute!
Muddy Brute Tips:
Bring a pop up tent for shade, chairs to sit in, a soft cooler for food and beverage and be prepared to relax and enjoy the day outside!
Tie your shoe laces well, and/or, use duct tape to secure them to your feet. One day an archaeologist will unearth the mud pits of Wildwood and wonder why there are sooo many shoes and no bones in the land.
Wear sunscreen. Even though Muddy Brute brings the cold weather like Savage brings the rain….you don’t realize you’re getting sunburnt till you go home and shower.
Have fun and don’t take this too seriously!
P.S. If you don’t like mud… you better stay away from this one!
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