by Tommy Gimler
The biggest phenomenon in the country is paying up to $180 to get the shit kicked out of you.
According to Men’s Journal, about 500,000 people worldwide last year participated in what is known as probably the toughest event on the planet, going through ten to twelve miles of mud and rough terrain and through obstacles like Arctic Enema, Hold Your Wood, and Electric Eel. And this year, there are 53 Tough Mudders around the globe, including the World’s Toughest Mudder in New Jersey in November where entrants have 24 hours to complete the course as many times as possible.
At this point, you’re probably asking yourself why in hell anybody with half a brain would put him or herself through twelve miles of torture by choice, much less fork over cash to do so. The answer is three words long, and it’s perhaps the greatest cause this country has ever seen: Wounded Warrior Project.
According to their website, the WWP honors and empowers wounded men and women of our military by raising awareness and enlisting the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, helping injured service members aid and assist each other, and providing unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members. And to date, Tough Mudder participants and sponsors like Bic razors have raised over 5.1 million dollars for the cause.
But before each participant can don the orange headband and sip their free plastic cup of Dos Equis for their effort, they have to make it through one final obstacle where 10,000 volts of electricity separate each participant from the finish line. It’s the Dos Equis Electroshock, and while it’s shockingly painful for Tough Mudder participants, it’s hysterical to guys like me who don’t have enough hair on their fruit bowl to go through it and instead watch from a distance.
In our first “on location” report, The DUD goes inside the Tough Mudder and straight to the finish line to take it all in:
For more information on Tough Mudder, check out http://toughmudder.com/.
And if you can’t make it out to the Mudder this year, please visit the Wounded Warrior Project’s website and make a donation to the greatest cause known to man at http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/.