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Champions Mud Bash

by Meghann on June 18, 2011

We came. We ran. We got MUDDY!

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Mine and Derek’s first mud run was a huge success! It may not have been the best mud run out there (the course was really dry and the obstacles were few and far between), but we had a great time and that’s what counts!

Now, I’m itching to do the 12 mile+ Tough Mudder in Tampa in December. Who’s with me? ;)

The Champions Mud Bash was set up in several waves throughout the day. I’m not sure what I was thinking when I signed us up for the 11:00am wave. Maybe I thought that would give us some time to sleep in since we did have to make the 2 hour drive from Tampa? Who knows, but it had to of been the hottest wave! THe temps were already creeping into the 90s when we arrived a little after 9:30am! Yikes!

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Why not get a little work done while getting muddy? I thought it would be fun to film the mud run for an upcoming episode of Meals and Miles on iZonOrlando.com

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We spent the majority of the time leading up to the race interviewing participants and learning all there is to know about mud runs. I promise to share the link when the show airs on Tuesday!! :)

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I give my camera crew MAJOR PROPS it was HOT and they took it with stride!

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Just before 11:00 we headed to the start line with the rest of our wave.

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One last shot before the muddy shenanigans began!

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Ready or not! It’s time to run!

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And that’s what we did – we ran. For the first half mile or so it was nothing, but an open field, hot sun, and lots of silence.

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The course was missing music in a bad way. Too bad this guy’s boom box only played air.

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Our first major obstacle was climbing over a pile of hay – not as easy as it may seem.

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And then we walked. It was hot and time was the last thing on my mind. This was a FUN run after all.

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More open field.

A ‘mine’ field through the cow pasture – trust me – those are mines you want to stay away from.

Some shaded trees.

And FINALLY we saw some mud.

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I had never been more happy to crawl through mud. Nice, cool mud!

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Squishy feet!

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So. Hot!!!

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More hay was next.

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It really took some arm muscle getting over those barrels!

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And just when we couldn’t take the heat any longer, Derek and I saw something wonderful in the horizon…

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A BEAUTIFUL watery slip-n-slide. We both just wanted to stand in front of the sprinklers and never leave.

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Seriously my favorite part of the whole Mud Bash! Derek and I went down it 3 times each and could have easily done more.

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Also, waterproof digital cameras ROCK!

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Mud Love!

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Unfortunately I hurt my knee trying to stand up after my last time down. It was our cue that it was time to move on.

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Ouch.

Only a few more obstacles until the end!

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More hay?!?!?

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Where’s the mud?!?! They should of called this a hay run!

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By the time we saw the finish line we were both ready to be done. Only two obstacles stood between us and the finish line.

The great fire jump.

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And mud crawl.

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FINISH!

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We were handed medals and the honor of calling ourselves Mud Bash Champions!

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There were tanks of water to hose off at, but the lines were WAY too long. It would have been nice to have ONE more cool down though.

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Champions Mud Bash Review

Location: St. Cloud (aka the middle of no where)

  • It was a little out of the way, but I guess a race like this would have to be to accommodate so many people in a muddy setting.
  • I actually assumed it was closer to Tampa then it was and ended up meeting my film crew 30 minutes late. Oops.

Course:

  • Ehh.. This was their first year and I’ll give them props for putting on a good show, but the course could use some improvement. It needs MORE obstacles, MORE mud, and MORE entertainment.

Atmosphere:

  • LOVED IT! Loved the costumes, loved the crazy people running, loved the music, loved the beer, LOVED IT.

Prizes:

  • Did I mention the medal? Bonus points for the medal!

There’s another Champions Mud Bash in the works for South Florida, so I’m hoping they’ve learned from their first event and can tweak the South Florida location based off of that.

Overall I had a blast and really want to try more mud races. There are a TON out there right now – definitely a growing sport! And the Tough Mudder in December really has my attention. Has anyone done that race before? Thoughts?

The Aftermath

We headed straight to the car for a quick change.

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Bye, Bye muddy shoes!

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Much better!

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A shared post race snack.

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Then we hit the road for FOOD!

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This was a Derek approved find on the road. :)

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I ordered the grilled chicken tender sandwich with the cajun sauce.

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I adore restaurants that have homemade potato chips. Yum!

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Get in my belly!

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Want to know the best part about volunteering to drive the way to the Mud Bash? Being able to sleep on the way home. It’s a beautiful thing.

Have a great Saturday everyone!

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