Tough Mudder coming to Kentucky

Story by 1st Lt. Gus LaFontaine, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Kiss of Mud

Participants run in the Tough Mudder event in Englishtown, NJ. The SAS (Special Air Service – British Special Forces) designed course consists of a 12 mile run as well as 20 obstacles and water crossings to contend with. (Photo courtesy of Tough Mudder)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Tough Mudder is an extreme sportsman’s dream.  During a 10 to 12 mile course, participants of Tough Mudder navigate obstacles with names like Fire Walker, Boa Constrictor, Everest, and Mud Mile.  British Special Forces designed the Tough Mudder course to challenge motivated participants mentally and physically while also promoting camaraderie and good times.

The worldwide event stretches across five continents and on October 21-22 Tough Mudder will be coming to Maysville, Ky.

Sgt. Andrew Snowden, a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and member of the 203rd Forward Support Company, explained why he will be testing his fortitude at Tough Mudder.

“The main thing is it seems that it’s the kind of thing that you can be proud of yourself for accomplishing because it requires you to push yourself so hard physically.”

Snowden is no stranger to conquering obstacles.  During his tour of duty in Afghanistan, Snowden was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for Valor. To prepare for Tough Mudder’s obstacles, Snowden is lifting weights and running.

FireWalker NJ 2010

Participants run in the Tough Mudder event in Englishtown, NJ. The SAS (Special Air Service – British Special Forces) designed course consists of a 12 mile run as well as 20 obstacles and water crossings to contend with. (Photo courtesy of Tough Mudder)

“My brother and I have been training together,” said Snowden. “I do about two hours of weight training daily.  I follow that up with an hour of cardio.”

Snowden plans on taking a team to Tough Mudder in October.  Sgt. Anthony Whitaker, a fellow combat veteran and Snowden’s teammate for Tough Mudder, anxiously awaits the challenge.

“I want to push myself,” said Whitaker.  “It’s one of those things that you can feel good about yourself for achieving.  Plus, it goes towards a good cause.”

According to the their website, Tough Mudder has contributed over $3 million to the Wounded Warrior Project.  During his 2010 deployment to Afghanistan, Whitaker’s mission was to transport wounded warriors from the battlefield to the nearest medical treatment facilities.

“I grew up in a military family and I have met lots of wounded warriors,” said Whitaker.  “It’s important to look out for our own.  We’ve got to find a way to help all the Wounded Warriors that are coming back today.”

Tough Mudder offers registration discounts to participants who sign up early, form a team, or are a past or present member of the Military Services.  Extra adventurous registrants can even participate for free if they show up to the event with a Tough Mudder tattoo.

When asked if he would be showing up with “Tough Mudder” on his skin, Snowden replied, “I like tattoos to begin with so of course I will be getting a Tough Mudder tattoo!”

For more information on Tough Mudder coming to Kentucky, visit their website here

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