by Taunie Leal
The Extreme Warrior Mud Run was a blast! Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, it offered an enjoyable mix of terrain and obstacles for both the novice and experienced obstacle racer. The obstacles were a lot of fun to do, with varying levels of difficulty but none too intimidating or challenging. Most can be handled without help, although they were much more fun to do with a friend! The soap slide was exhilarating and the ropes and monkey bars were a great challenge! The crossfit-style challenges added the right amount of difficulty to really make us feel the burn! This was a pleasant surprise. The volunteers were fantastic, hopefully there will be more next time. Volunteers throughout the course monitoring for safety, cheering us on and assuring everyone stayed on track would’ve been beneficial as well as some water stations. Although the turns were taped off, it seemed too easy to make a wrong turn in the excitement, and miss an obstacle. It was a little disappointing to find out that we wouldn’t be time chipped (but I like to keep an accurate record of my times to see if I need to step up training. Not everyone sets PR goals for mud runs though, so generally this isn’t a problem). Consequently, the finish line was a little chaotic with just a couple of people recording everyone’s time with a stop watch. The actual finish line seemed to be vague as well. Typically there are volunteers there to applaud and point the way. It’s encouraging to see the “light at the end of the tunnel”! Next year it would be a good idea to have more than two port-a-potties. Most people rely on that last minute trip before lining up to race and I almost started late, which would’ve been no big deal if we were time chipped but the color code on my bib would’ve prompted the volunteers at the finish line to add unnecessary time to my final time. Again, this would be of very little concern to those who were in it strictly to have a great time and to finish. The mile and a half run before the first obstacle gave us plenty of time to warm up and spread out, which gave this race a definite advantage over many other mud runs I’ve done where we were packed together trying to bottleneck our way through the first few obstacles. The wade through water just before the finish line was a refreshing way to cool down. I didn’t see a place to rinse off post race, however, the dip in the water was much appreciated after our hard work and was sufficient to rinse away much of the sand and dirt! Perfect way to end the race! This race was all about having a good time with less emphasis on competition and more emphasis on having fun, and the volunteers did a great job encouraging that! I would do this race again, and this time go into it more focused on having fun with friends! For more information regarding their events check their website here!