Thursday, April 11, 2013

Mudd, Sweat & Tears: Mud Run Obstacle Course Races to Cross Canada

A new competitive event kicks off in Kelowna, BC on May 4, 2013 and will travel to five other venues across Canada. Mudd, Sweat & Tears is an obstacle course race where hundreds of hard-body fitness fiends, runners and athletes will take on some of Canada's toughest terrain, steep inclines and muddy conditions.

The event was founded by Adventure Architects of Canada, a professional sports marketing and event management company based in Rossland, BC. The two-day event challenges participants' stamina, strength and perseverance with a number of race routes: 5km, 10km and a most extreme obstacle course mud run. Among the many obstacles and challenges are ropes, climbing walls, slides and ice baths -- all while trudging knee deep through mud pits. 

John Reed, who I met a number of years ago when he had a kayaking business in BC, is with Adventure Architects and gung-ho about the event. "It's so much more than a race," he said. In addition to bringing Canada's dedicated fitness community together, John says it's an opportunity to "push personal limits, conquer fears and prove to your mates, fellow competitors and yourself that you have too much grit to quit!"

Extreme obstacle course racing is among the latest and fiercest of trends to hit the fitness world. Courses are selected and designed with Canada's unique outdoor offerings in mind, and individual locales feature signature obstacles that reflect the unique characteristics of each designation. The timed obstacle course events are as much about crossing the finish line and helping fellow competitors as winning the race. Registration is $60-$150 per entrant.

2013 Mudd, Sweat & Tears Schedule 
  • May 4 | MST Kelowna | Lake Okanagan Resort | Kelowna, BC  
  • July 6-7 | MST Rockies | Fernie Alpine Resort  Fernie, BC
  • Aug. 17 | MST Vancouver Island | Mount Washington Alpine Resort, BC
  • Aug. 31-Sept. 1 | MST Ottawa Valley Wilderness Tours Resort | Beachburg, ON
  • Sept. 28 | MST Ottawa Urban | Mooney's Bay  Park, ON
  • Oct. 5 | Niagara Falls | Niagara Falls, ON

About Mudd, Sweat & Tears  Mudd, Sweat & Tears (MST) pushes athletes, runners and fitness enthusiasts to the limit with the ultimate 5k and 10k  mud run obstacle course race. Competitors can prove endurance, test toughness, and have a crazy amount of fun with the MST race line-up, and then take on the epic MST monster obstacle course mud run, in addition to the 5k & 10k format. Not for the faint of heart or unprepared. Participants will get dirty, muddy, scraped up, cold, physically and mentally punished, and may end up smiling continuously. The MST series supports Breakfast Clubs of Canada as their national charity partner by donating a portion of net receipts towards the organization that raises money to ensure every child in Canada has an equal start in life. The 2013 Mudd, Sweat & Tears race series includes six events across Canada, from Vancouver Island to Niagara Falls. By 2014, the USA and Australia will host events on their home turf. 
Photos courtesy Adventure Architects of Canada