It’s A Mud Run|What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Buyer Beware Of Mud Runs Risks

It’s the adventure of it all! Isn’t that what brings us out on race day? This is a cautionary tale of risk and reward. There are bound to be some downer outcomes simply given the statistics of sheer volume of participation. Folks are going to get hurt. As far as this story goes there could be some questionable judgement – not so sure about adding electricity? Still it wouldn’t be nearly as attractive to so many if the races weren’t edgy. I do think it’s time to add swim goggles as standard race day equipment tho…

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Mud runs and tough mudders are attractive to athletes who want to challenge themselves to military-style courses, but some participants leave with long-term damage to their bodies.

Organizers have said they encourage people to skip an obstacle if they feel uncomfortable. But what can happen when the pride to compete outweighs discomfort?

“I had never done one. I didn’t know what it was all about,” said Doug Blalock, who was looking to spice up his normal routine.

“You want to be able to do every one of them — say, ‘I earned my T-shirt,'” he said.

Tough mudders are the most intense version of mud runs, with some obstacles even containing electricity. That’s where Blalock shocked his ear.

Tough mudders are the most intense version of mud runs, with some obstacles even containing electricity. That’s where Blalock shocked his ear.

“You’re on your belly, crawling in mud and it has the wires hanging down that are charged with fence chargers, so as you’re crawling under there you’re constantly getting shocked with what’s charged by the fence chargers. I almost made it to the end and apparently one charger was turned up pretty high and zapped me on the ear,” he said.

“My eye started hurting, like maybe I got some debris in my eye,” Brittany Williams said.

Williams, of North Texas, described her mud run recovery as something from a horror movie.

“You have to stay awake and they take scissors and cut. I know, it’s really gross!” she said.

Doctors said they believe her cornea was scratched at some point diving into the muddy water, which made her eye susceptible to severe infection.

“It just completely melted off of my eye,” Williams said.

“I think there are plenty of things they can do to keep the challenge and keep the excitement but reduce the risk of somebody having a life-changing injury,” Blalock said.

Meanwhile, Williams continues to collect donations on a GoFundMe page since her injury occurred while she wasn’t covered by insurance.

Harris County EMS said the most frequent injury they see at mud runs is hypothermia. They said at a mud run last year at least a dozen people were taken by ambulance after going through an obstacle with ice in the water.

 

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