Nick Doukas 44 Richmond, VA I’ve always been into sports and have been pretty competitive. When did I first enjoy mud sports? Not sure. As a kid I would race BMX- the muddier the better. High school days included muddy football games. There’s something soothing and sensual about the connection with earth and water; the elements of mud. Anyone can understand laying on the beach in the surf and feeling the sand and water caress your body. I understand that mud bath spas do very well. I started running in middle school when I was always waking up at the last minute and had to run the mile to school. I didn’t care much for running but I enjoyed being among the fastest in school. Years later I had to run in the military then as an officer when I got out of the service. Still enjoying riding and playing in the rain and mud, I took up running as a sport and started meeting people and learning about races. When I first heard about a mud race, with obstacles, I was sold!
Other than military muddy runs and getting caught in the rain on a trail, I’ve only done the local installment of Rugged Maniac. I missed Riverrock again this year but will attend the Henricus Dauber Dash and Warrior Dash.
I’ve only experienced the one company so far so I’ll go with the warmest weather races.
Cold days are not as fun but they’re better than doing dishes and laundry!
The connection with the earth, the loss of reservation and inhibition when everyone gets in the mud. Once you’re in the mud, no one cares any longer about how they’re dressed, how they look or how their hair is fixed. Everyone becomes a mudder and family and has a really good time.
I’m always training for running and I do general fitness work. The only preparation really is deciding what to wear that will make the obstacles easier and can be hosed off easily.
Um, beer? Craft ale to be precise. Lots of carbs and it adds to the fun, carefree atmosphere of a mud run event.
Besides blood and boobs? Nothing but a crazy good time!
Henricus Dauber Dash and Warrior Dash. I’m considering a few more but I might not be able to make those this year.
Just have fun! Bring a change of clothes and a towel. Not every attendee is a seasoned runner so many will just walk the course. They still have just as much fun as the speedy ones.
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