The first thing you have to overcome in any of our events is YOURSELF! Teamwork and positive reinforcement is the best way to overcome this obstacle.
All HMR courses are designed to use the natural terrain as a mental and physical obstacle.
No, we will not be rolling boulders down towards you as you dash around them. How sick do you think we are? Ok, don’t answer that. This is simply a boulder filled field you have to run through. No, really, that’s all!
OUT AND BACK
Ok, this one is easy and is typically at the mid-point of our event. Run, walk or crawl the 1.5 miles of this one… your choice. Oh, depending on our mood that day we may setup the next obstacle, SUGAR COOKIE, at the halfway point of this little jaunt.
Crawl through a water pool. Yes, just water; however, by the time a couple hundred people have been through, it may not be exactly crystal clear. Now that you’re all wet from that nice clean water, we have a sand box for you to play in or rather crawl through. Enjoy the rest of your run… BWAHAHAHA!!
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to climb over a few walls strategically positioned on an uphill slope with the wall slanting downhill. You get through this; you may be sought after by a Special Forces agency.
HANDS AND KNEES
This obstacle is a chain-link fence lying flat on the ground for up to 75 yards. You’ll need to slide your body under it and low crawl all the way through. For a person with a larger stature, this obstacle may be a “drag”.
We have all seen the backyard with a tire swing hanging from a tree. Fun huh? Our version of fun is five of them hanging 4 feet apart from one another. The only way to do this obstacle right is to climb through the middle of each of them.
You will run through a series of mud trenches varying in depth from 3 to 5 feet. This will not be an entire pit at 3 or 5 feet but rather it will have random drop offs of up to 5 feet. FUN FUN!!
Water and mud below, fire above! If you get too high, you’ll know it… the smell of singed hair is unmistakable. Stay low, low, low.
Exactly what you will be saying when you realize this obstacle. Nothing spectacular, nothing built, just terrain at its finest. Terrain you will find at a ski resort that is. Get up that hill, back down, back up, back down, back up... you get the picture!!
Remember earlier where we described WTF? Well, think WTF and then add 25-50 lb bags of sand to carry with you. NOW MARCH UP THAT HILL!!
UP AND OVER
Nothing to it... just scale up and over 3 to 4 walls. Oh, but these walls start at 8 feet and go up to 12 feet tall. This is when good teamwork will come into play.
This obstacle is a 20 to 25 foot high cargo net set at a 45 degree incline. You must scale up, over and down the other side. This will require upper body strength, balance and stamina. Any average person can complete this obstacle. The biggest challenge this obstacle presents will be overcoming a fear of heights. 25 feet is higher than the average person has ever climbed.
The landslide will probably be the obstacle that is the most “fun”. Think of a slip ‘n slide down the side of a mountain, up to 200 feet long, into a pool of mud. No time to play in the mud though… watch out for people coming behind you!
This obstacle is 18 to 20 foot diameter pipes and/or ditches in the ground, connected together up to 50’ long. Start off climbing into them at a height of about 5 feet then crawl through with a turn or two descending to ground level and exiting…yep, you guessed it, in a mud pit!!
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
Think bungee cord maze coupled with an obstacle course in a jungle gym in pitch-black darkness!
LOST IN THE WOODS
Run, walk or crawl through the woods, over and under logs. I'll bet you don't find grandma's house at the end!! This can be up to 3 miles long.
DOWN AND DIRTY
Get low and stay low. Mud below you but just above is either electric or barbed wire. Don’t worry, it didn’t seem to hurt the farm animals but they certainly learned quickly to stay away from it!!
Yep, hay, round bales of hay to be precise. But, hey, after what you’ve probably been through already, nothing to it. Just climb over them.
OH YEA, this obstacle will be fun and clean too… well, at least for the first few people. So how do we describe this obstacle? Think hamster wheel… a big hamster wheel… about 5 to 6 feet in diameter and 15 feet long that you have to run through while it spins. And to make it better, water and mud tracked in from other runners makes this a circular slip ‘n slide!! Oh and once you think you mastered it and you made it to the end, you find a second wheel spinning in the opposite direction. It may be a little cleaner and dryer than the first. Maybe!
PAINT BALL RUN
So, we have to run and shoot paint balls at a target?? Cool!! Well sort of… you run, we shoot and you’re the target. Take it low and slow, crawling below the protective hay bales or high and fast just to get through this baby! Your choice!!
Finally, something sane, cool off, have nice drink… Yea, right think again. While you are thinking, think Dumpster + 3’ of water + Ice, lots and lots of ice! Wow, ok, that will be cold, but, 3’, I am say 6’ tall, no problem. Oh yes, there is a problem. There will be obstacles that you must go under…and of course they are right at the water line.
Swing across, and hopefully over, a mud or water pit. Seeing how this is the Hardcore MUDD Run, what do you think it will be, mud or water? Of course, mud! The term we like to use is WUD. Little water… lots of MUD!!
FIRE HOSE GAUNTLET
If you know anything about us, you know that we have roots in firefighting. So of course we’ll some fire trucks around. In case you don’t know, they pump water… lots of water. Let’s just say this obstacle will certainly clean you off… assuming you can stay on your feet.
Ever watch a lumberjack event where two people stand on opposite ends of a log trying to roll it to get the other one to fall off? Well, you will not be doing that. Remember, our events are not a competition. What we will do is string about three or four logs together and all you have to do is walk, crawl or shimmy across them. Nothing to it!! Oh, they may too be floating in water or maybe mud…
Bungee cords… lots and lots of bungee cords going this way and that way and every which way you can think of. Your mission… simply try to get through. That’s all. And you’ll have plenty of room. This rat’s nest is 20 feet wide and 30 feet until you get to the other end.
This obstacle consists of one cable, stretched 5 foot over a body of water. You can hang from it, put your legs up on it but whatever you or however you do it… just get across.
If we haven’t beaten you up enough yet, these bags surely might. Swinging bags filled with 70 to 100 lbs. of sand. No problem, you can do it. Time that next step just right… or you may be BEAT DOWN!
No, that’s not a typo. These are not hurdles, they are HURTles. Logs, some 3 feet some 1 and even some that are 6 feet off the ground. On your marks, get set, go-od luck!
You will be crossing a body of water 20 to 30 feet across using a set of rings or, if we are feeling particularly nice that day, a cargo net, suspended by ropes or chains. If you fall off?? Swim it out. You must get to the other side. Oh, and you are swimming no matter what… it does not span the entire body of water!!
HALF PIPE OF HORROR
Sometimes snow, sometimes mud? Well, ours will be smooth with a slick muddy surface. Slide in one side, crawl out the other. You’ll probably need a human chain for this one. Remember, this is about teamwork, even if you’re not on a “team”.
BEAM ME UP
SCOTTY, I NEED MORE POWER!! What you need here is balance. This obstacle will span water…or mud. Want to guess our preference? You’ll be walking across beams anywhere from 1 to 6 inches wide. No problem!!
DOCKS TO NOWHERE
Climb up a 10-foot tall ramp or ladder onto a platform. Proceed to the edge where you’ll look over the edge and jump off. NO DIVING, this is bad for moral of other runners.
You are going to jump from vertical log to vertical log that are 4 to 15 inches in diameter for a distance of 50 yards or so. If you miss…well, there might be mud there. Having mud on your feet probably will not make this easier. Try not to miss.
GONE WITH THE WIND
How about some wind… lots of wind. Possibly up to gale force and for a nice touch, we may add a little water. Ever had a desire to brave the beginning stages of a hurricane??
Oh man… we’re just going to explain this and move on. Cross over a set of metal pipes, spaced 3 feet apart, on an upward and downward slant. Ok, NEXT!
This obstacle is a 15 to 30 foot long wall with hand and foot holds placed at varying distances as to allow you to move along the wall. Now, repeat this, “Not everyone is meant to make a difference, but for us, the choice to lead an ordinary life is no longer an option.” Peter Parker. NOW GO!!!
Swim under a set of floating tunnels in water. This is pretty self explanatory, not much more to say here.
I CAN'T GET UP
No button hanging around your neck is going to help you here. Nothing but raw willpower and a little help from a friend will help you here. Slippery, slippery mud and a steep hill is what you face here and with a little help, this is a piece of cake, or mud pie!
Ok, that may be a bit misleading because there will not be any bars. It's more like ropes that you will use like bars. HARDCORE!!! Now get to the other side!
PERSONAL, PERSONNEL MOTIVATION
Having a hard time getting up this hill… well tough sh@t! Now move it maggot, GET UP THAT HILL!! MY GRANDMOTHER MOVES FASTER THAN YOU DO!! Getting a sense for what this obstacle is about? It’s best described as “motivational insults” and real Drill Sergeants will deliver them. They were friendly people once… once.
HOT TIN ROOF
This little gem of an obstacle is an HMR favorite. Tin roofing placed at an incline for you to run up and over. No problem… until bare skin comes in contact with it and a good dose of voltage runs through you. No worries though, very high voltage mmmmost ofttteeeenn leaves no llllllingering afffffffffects!!
Ok, we need a little self-control here. There is a wonderful non-lethal device called an LRAD. What does it stand for you ask, Long Range Acoustic Device. It’s used for crowd control by emitting acoustical sound waves tuned to give the sensation of pain. What’s the obstacle? Walk towards it and get within 30 feet. That’s all! Once you get there, you can turn around and get away. No problem huh?
The “Sacks” are four large, air filled balls floating in the middle of a lake or pond. Climb up to the top of the first one. Then what? Oh, sack up and jump from one to the next, until you get across them all. Don’t be afraid to leap out there! What’s the worst that could happen? A little red chest from a good belly flop. NO WORRIES!!!
THE RICHTER SCALE
For those of you that have lived on the west coast, this will be easy, for the rest, not so much. This is a group of platforms that randomly move and jerk, back and forth. Have fun keeping your footing!
So, you played this before? Not this way. This obstacle is a set of 3-foot by 3-foot platforms floating in water. Jump from one to the other. Keep low or they will flip you off.
BILLY GOAT TRAIL
You've seen Billy goats on the side of a steep mountain, leaping and frolicking on small trails. Well, this obstacle will give you a taste what it's like to be one. This will take a sure foot and a little planning. Pick the wrong path and you might end up back where you started.
You are in for a fun time with this one! You will have to run across a body of water on a chain of inflated inner tubes. Try to stay on your feet or go for a swim.
THE PEG BOARD
Remember climbing the peg board in gym class? This is a beast of a peg board! Climb 15 feet, ring the bell and climb back down.
We at HMR created for you, a course of mentally and physically challenging obstacles. These are the twisted ideas that we have come up with that you must accomplish to become worthy of calling yourself HARDCORE! But, keep in mind we are always lying awake at night thinking up new ideas. Enjoy!
HARDCORE: Unswervingly committed, uncompromising, fanatical, permanent, and completely faithful nucleus of a group or movement. An unyielding or intransigent element in a social or organizational structure, as that part of this group consisting of those resistant to anything.