Our ‘Tough Mudders’ get ready to test their endurance
FOUR Rainbow Beach mums are part of a local team of six eager to compete in the popular Tough Mudder endurance event later this year.
Marni Robertson, Rebecca Duggan, Dee White and Ann Moroney will be joined by team mates Andy White, Andrew Kingsley, Tiana Elms, Nigel Worthington, Kirsten Porter and Kosta Ladas for the event testing participants' mental and physical prowess.
Taking place at Caloundra on August 17 and 18, Tough Mudder has a loyal worldwide following. It is the fastest growing and most recognised endurance series.
Unlike other traditional endurance events or mud runs, Tough Mudder events are constructed by British Special Forces, offering more than 16 kilometres of an unmatched trail running experience.
The 25-plus obstacles include the artic enema, boa constrictor, dirty ballerina, electric eel, Everest, kiss of mud and firewalker. Daunting by name and daunting by nature.
Ann said she hadn't done anything like it before while Rebecca heard about it from a friend. The women needed little encouragement to sign up.
"The obstacle course is the main appeal," Ann said. "It is such a hard, long endurance event challenge."
Being in a team was also something the Rainbow Beach women saw as fun.
"It will take a couple of hours depending on fitness levels," Ann said.
"You stick with your team and help each other through (the obstacles) to finish together."
Women normally represent 24% of the field in similar events, but this year's Tough Mudder will boast about 50% women.
"(That's)the biggest entry in any of these kinds of events," Ann said.
"It's good to have that goal to work towards and put our hard work to the test.
"Some of the other members are actually seeing the results with some telling me, 'Look, I've got a bicep'.
"Tough Mudder is something for us to strive for."
In the meantime, the four mothers with 11 children between them will be enjoying the spoils of Mother's Day before lining up for the ultimate team challenge.
Tough Mudder facts
- 78% of participants on average finish a Tough Mudder
- 80% of participants do a Tough Mudder in a team
- 1000 plus people have the Tough Mudder logo tattooed on their body
- 3.5 hours - the average time it takes to finish a Tough Mudder course
- 10 to 12 Miles - length of a Tough Mudder course
- 25 to 30 Obstacles - the number of obstacles on each Tough Mudder course