Mudocalypse September 2013

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Name: Ryan Fish

Event Name: Mudocalypse

Event Details (parking, facilities, vendors, schwag, etc.):

Parking – The area to park was well identified and easy to get to. However, I think

that the parking could have been a little closer up and not in the back corner of the field but not bad. Reminded me of the parking at RFYL in Kinghtstown.
Facilities – The facilities were good for what was able to be around. Enough port-o-jons to go around
Vendors – Avocare, US Army, and Wounded Warrior Project were a great part of being there. Advocare with the hand out samples of the Rehydrate was real big hit and tasty too. US Army Recruiting from Indianapolis had a great display and setup for a push-up competition and free give-me’s as well. The Wounded Warrior Project came out a little later and missed a few of the people that had already passed but still good to see them out there.
Schwag was excellent with the TShirt, Medal, and everything else in the goodie bag. I did like that that the 1 female runner for the competition also received a UA head band. Nice give.
The food, drinks and rest area all was FREE and only donations were asked for. The burgers were excellent and enough chips, drinks and of course BEER to go around. Yes the beer was free too. Bananas, bottled water and Advocare Rehydrate were ready at the finish and awesome to receive.

Race Details (length, obstacles, d

ifficulty, etc.): The courses of the race was well marked and planned. The different lengths were however a little confusing. At first we were told to act as NASCAR and keep making all lefts and we would be running the longer course. Other were told to do 3 lefts and a right and another left to take the longest route but no matter what we all knew that if you keep making all rights, it would be as short as a girls prom dress. The difficulty of the different obstacles were good. Not too hard and not to easy. I was however looking for the tire drag and disappointed when i didnt find it, also the sand bag carry could have been longer or added to something to plus up the difficulty level. The walls, boxes and the 1 mud pit were great and the TEAM challenges were something new that I have not seen in many OCR’s. I did see the “slide” but did not see how to get around to it so just had to cut through. I was expecting deeper water but was good enough for some. Over all, great beginning being the first ever Mudocalypse. NEEDS more mud. The one water point was well put, great location and check in was easy to find.

Rating: 4 Stars (Great)

What would make this race better?:

More mud, volunteers that knew that outlay of the course and the difference of long and short. Might think of putting either “short” , “long”, or the number of obsticals on each of the arrows to allow for the ones that want to hit the bigger number of obsticles or put in more ground work. Great race non-the-less, cant wait to see you next time and see if any changes in place. Maybe a different area to add some hills or steep inclines and not so flat.

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Name: Sarah Fish

Event Name: Mudocalypse

Event Details (parking, facilities, vendors, schwag, etc.):

Location: The location was switched a few weeks before the event from the much loved/hated Haspin Acres to the location in Greenfield. This was disappointing to some because of the huge elevation changes at Haspin Acres. Personally my only issue with this is that I had reserved a campground near Haspin and I had to transfer it to a campground that was 45 minutes away from the new event site.

Parking: There was ample parking and it was within a few yards of the check-in area, which was good. The starting line and event site was a little ways away but not too bad. There was a $10 parking fee, but that seems to be the norm.
Check-in: Check-in was easy, in fact I didn’t even check myself in because my husband did it when he checked himself in.

Food/Drinks: Everything was Free which was awesome, they just asked for a donation to Wish For Our Heroes.  They served hamburgers, hot dogs, and chips. The meat was grilled and pretty good. For drinks they had tea, Mountain Dew Kick Start, Gold-leaf Tea, Water and a few kinds of beer, all for a donation.

Facilities: There were enough porta-johns for the amount of runners present.

Schwag: The schwag was nice, they went above and beyond with lots of little goodies. It included a t-shirt, a silicone bracelet, an ink pen, and a few samples. The one female competition heat runner even got an Under Armor headband.

Vendors: Advocare, US ARMY, and Wounded Warrior Project. Advocare was giving out samples of rehydrate, the Army has a push up competition, and passed out water bottle, and plastic bags, which came in very handy for wet, dirty clothes.

Entertainment: The DJ and announcer was good, he kept everything up tempo and made you feel awesome when you crossed the finish line with his banter. Later they had live entertainment, and he was good, and had a great voice, deep, and sexy and raspy, but the music was just too sad and melancholy for this type of event.

Race Details (length, obstacles, difficulty, etc.):

The race itself had an interesting concept, kind of like a “choose your own adventure” and while the concept sounds awesome it was lacking a little. There should have been some form of direction to determine which way to go. Overall the obstacle were good, there were some pretty unique obstacles that required some team work, which I loved. The wall climbs were great, and challenging. There were walls that were made from huge boxes, and the tops were so wide there was barely anything to grab on to.  This made you have to use you strength to get over. I loved this rather than the normal thin walls. There were some tire climbs, and we spent a lot of time in the creek. There were not enough volunteers, and some of the obstacles really needed course officials due to safety concerns. Overall I though the course was pretty good.

Rating: 3 Stars (Average)

What would make this race better?:

I think the biggest thing for me that would have made it better is some form of sign at the crossroads to help determine which way to go. Maybe next time they can do something like “The left path is long and treacherous, but sometimes the safest path is not a straight line.” Choose your path!  Some way to not exactly say which way is the longest/shortest, easiest/hardest way but to hint at it. MORE MUD! There was not enough mud at all. Really only one mud pit, and a whole lot of water.  There were a few places where you got a little dirty from crawling on the ground, but definitely not enough mud. For a race called Mudocalypse there should have been tons of mud. More Volunteers and Course Officials at some of the more dangerous obstacles such as the inverted walls. For their first event it was pretty good overall.

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Name: Lacey Bertram

Event Name: Mudocalypse

Event Details (parking, facilities, vendors, schwag, etc.):

Parking was good, but directions to entrance could have been more clear.  Facilities were efficient for small race.  Did not visit vendors, so cannot comment.  I did like the swag all aside from the medals.  They appeared a little cheap to me.  Would have rather had a nicer medal and t shirt instead of pen, bracelet, and coozie.

Race Details (length, obstacles, difficulty, etc.):

The course was ok.  Definitely a beginner course.  Obstacles were also at the beginner level, but that is understandable considering budget contraints.  Course was not well marked.  I have no idea how far I went.  I liked the idea of different possible routes.  There were not enough volunteers to explain obstacles or to be there in case someone was hurt.  Overall, I give A for effort.  Depending on what type of racer they’d like to target next time may or may not determine necessary changes or improvements.   Elites VS beginners…

Rating: 3 Stars (Average)

What would make this race better?:

More volunteers, more challenging terrain and obstacles, better marked route, better medals.

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