Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Mud Dogs Fun Mud Run



There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud. 


I just finished the Mud Dogs' Fun Mud Run. It was a 5k "fun" event. To my knowledge, this was the first mud race held at this venue (Markam Park in Sunrise, Florida), and it was the first race held by the Mud Dogs company. Those two facts combined with a $60 price, made me reluctant to sign up. They ran a $10 off Hurricane Isaac discount, so I signed up. (It was a moment of weakness.) 
                                                             

I must repeat, this race was advertised as a fun mud run. However, the website did say that the top 3 males and females would earn an award and the winners would earn a free entry in a future race. Naturally, I wanted to win, and thought it might be a possibility-- thinking this would be a small event. 

My heat time was 8:30 a.m., the first of the day. Information via facebook advised racers to arrive an hour early. Information on packet pick up was a little late in coming out. Hopefully for the next races, they will make arrangements and disseminate packet pick up information earlier than the day of. But they also offered packet pick up on race day, so for me this wasn't a big deal.

Race Day:
Yikes! This was my thought as we pulled in the park. Cars were very backed up, and I realized this event was MUCH bigger than I expected. (I also heard people saying that the event was much bigger than the organizers planned, which made total sense to me.) It also explained the slightly bizarre race start. We were told that the timing sensors could only handle 100 people at each start time, so they were taking all 8:30 starters and starting us in 6 minute waves depending on our bib numbers. This was my first indication that timing could go really wrong. I ended up starting at 8:42.
The Course:
The course contained typical OCR obstacles, we ran mostly along the road in the park with only about 1/2 mile on a trail. There was a push up stop (?), a small ditch filled with water, a 4- foot wall (with a step), 3-4 balance beams over little ditches, his and hers sand bag carry, hurdles, a tall wall with rungs to climb, a rope grid to high step through, a tunnel, a low crawl across grass, an incline wall (not very steep) with a jump down into about a foot of muddy water, a giant climbing structure with 2 options-- climb a vertical chain length fence about 8 feet up or take the longer, easier way (I never found out what the long way was) then a climb down into the thickest, nastiest mud I've seen (knee deep for this 5'3" woman), and finally a long wade through muddy water about a foot high-- again the mud made getting in and out tough. The obstacles were good-- they had a variety and were fairly evenly spread out. 

Overall, it was fun, and there was MUD! They had fresh fruit (apples, oranges, and bananas), coconut water, water, fruit/cereal bars, and bagels at the end. They also had a small shower station (room enough for about 20 people at a time). Could there have been improvements? Yes. But I knew going in that this was a first time event.

The Results:
Well, here is where they earn an F. I thought the timing was a little weird. Turns out it was more than weird; it was really messed up. I started at the front of my wave, and no woman passed me. However, they have 2 women coming in before me in my wave. Definitely, they should not have timed the event. I was greatly disappointed when I saw the results (thinking I did so poorly), but then I saw all the feedback on facebook. Lots of people are saying that the times they got were much faster than the time on their own watches/Garmins.  

*Since first writing this blog, the Mud Dogs organization has been working hard to answer everyone's complaints. The timing company has also stepped up and is offering to correct timing errors. I would definitely give this company another chance... but for me the price would have to be lowered. 

Bottom Line:
1. If you sign up for a fun run, then expect a fun run. Don't worry about time.
2. If you are expecting a well organized, smoothly run event, go with an event that has history-- Spartan Race, Warrior Dash, Super Hero Scramble, etc.
3. If you want to avoid crowds at obstacles and are trying for your best time, enter the first heat of the day.

4 comments:

  1. Very thorough and informative review! It's great to keep people informed of different race caliburs so they know where to spend their money wisely. There are some greats out there as well as some that really seem there for the "quick buck" and rip you off for top dollar. Important to do your research before signing up. My favorite part is where you note SUPERHERO SCRAMBLE :) So here's my little plug!..... NEXT RACE in MIAMI...www.SuperHeroScramble.com...DISCOUNT CODE "HERO"***For $5 off EACH Ticket! Must watch the VIDEO! **OVER 20+ OBSTACLES Including GIANT WATERSLIDES, Approx. 20 Ft. LEAPS!, Huge CARGO NETS, MUD, SWIMMING, SLIME, COSTUMES, BEER, LIVE MUSIC, Food Trucks...ALL DAY-NIGHT FUN EVENT! Even a SINGLES WAVE to meet your OBSTACLE RUNNING DREAM PARTNER ;) You can run the NIGHT RACE as well on the SAME DAY! See you there!!

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  2. Thank you AmyL for the review. I have recently joined the Mud Dogs team and look forward to making the Mud Dogs Race Series among "the top" obstacle races worldwide. I can definitely say we have read the posts and taken notes. We are all committed to make the necessary improvements. I invite anyone who has feedback (positive and negative)to email me directly at creddick@muddogsevents.com. One of the improvements you will see is a chip start at our next race and dedicated waves for race timing and "fun" waves for those looking to jump in the mud and waddle around.

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  3. Last year i also got the change to take part in mud dogs races. Your post refresh my memories once again. This year i am going to Mimami and New York for adventure extreme race. Any one can take part in these event but you have to register yourself before taking part into it.

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  4. Mudruns got very popularity in present days not only for fun it helps for fitness also.Thanks for the informative post.

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