World’s Toughest Mudder was unique

Published 11:48 am Wednesday, November 16, 2022

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Some 1,000 people from a good part of the globe competed in the 2022 World’s Toughest Mudder (WTM) on a piece of land off of Ewing Farm Road in Atmore Nov. 12-13.

The WTM is a 24-hour extreme endurance experience, where participants complete a 5-mile loop as many times as possible.

The course has varying terrain and unique obstacles throughout.

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Getting to experience the WTM on Saturday was a treat.

At first, I didn’t really know what I was getting into, but quickly figured things out.

When I first walked into the WTM, it felt like a large gathering waiting to listen to their favorite musical act.

Before the start of the race, the participants, all dressed in weather and workout gear, were pumped up by the pre-race entertainment.

From what I was told, the first lap is done to help participants and their support system get a gauge as to how long their laps are going to be, roughly. The first lap was kind of like a timing lap.

Throughout the course, participants crawled through holes, climbed up a half-pipe, climbed over a tall hay bale mountain, made their way over two rotating blocks, swung through a tire forest, slid down a tall incline and wrangled their way through a bitter-cold night.

The obstacles’ names were quite interesting. Some that stood out included Chill Pickle, Dingleberries, Ladder To Hell, Augustus Gloop, Son of a Ditch, Satan’s Mustache, High on Grass and Block Ness Monster.

One thing I really enjoyed was getting the opportunity to be out in nature. With the cool air and hint of burning wood in the air, it was the perfect day for me.

As I watched the final racers cross the finish line via WTM’s YouTube channel, I couldn’t help but be fascinated by them and what they went through.

It’s a strength and mental challenge, no doubt, and each participant, no matter where they finished, deserves a good rest.