The Western Mudd Rush was my first ever obstacle course I tackled in Western Australia. And I survived!
For the first time ever – I competed in my first obstacle race. And I finished it, successfully – in 3 hours.
The Western Mudd Rush by TriEvents is a ‘muddy’ 8.5km obstacle run that consists of 24 obstacles at Equestrian Centre in Brigadoon, Western Australia.
It is to be tackled in a team. There is no finish time requirement – it’s all up to you, however, you shouldn’t leave any of your team behind. To help build up anticipation, the promoters of the event asked us to “think ice, think fast, and think deep, high and most of all muddy” – and with that being said, the Western Mudd Rush is purposely designed to test you and push you to your limits.
Obstacle events have become increasingly popular throughout Australia, and with the beautiful, spacious landscape on offer right here in Perth and the South West, obstacle events are growing fast in numbers right here too.
There’s the Spartan Race, Mud Gladiators, Run A Muck, Operation XLR8, Warrior Dash, The Stampede, Beach Bash, The Rampage and Tough Mudder to name several.
In my opinion, The Western Mudd Rush is I think, the perfect obstacle course to start with if you’re unfamiliar with these type of events, or not as fit as you’d like to be. Its 8.5km is not so intimidating of a distance when you compare it to some of the other larger distances in other competitor courses.
Many teams dress up in costume to make the day even more fun and memorable. I saw ‘walking dead style’ zombies, cheerleaders and more.
Some of my pictures from the day:
It was a very well-thought out and organised day. Parking was monitored and easy. All staff working were efficient and helpful.
The very last obstacle course, slide down to victory where medal-givers await you and victory is forever yours!
My cousin and I were stoked to have finished the obstacle course with no broken bones or a bruised pride – we completed 23 obstacles out of the 24 (seriously that monkey bars obstacle was near impossible, even the toughest ads with the biggest biceps couldn’t hang on for dear life); and for that – we were proud!
I don’t win many medals in life – so excuse me while I pose with this.
Evidence of my victorious finish: My very own medal to keep!
The mud they use is A-grade quality – just look at the state of my skin! Don’t do what my friend did. He prematurely threw himself in what he thought was ‘mud’ (before we got to the actual mud stage of the course) and realised it was actually real horse and cow shit. He was so grossed out he had to take some time out to wash it off in a nearby water hole. Everyone was looking forward to the mud bit – just wait – it’s right near the end of the course.
As I was too busy participating in the event to take pictures (and trying not to pass out from exhaustion) check out the professional shots taken from TriEvents WA Facebook page below of the event:
Minimum abilities to participate in The Western Mudd Rush:
- Can walk at least 10km
- Can run
- Can wade through water without floaties
- Can jump high enough to not touch the ground
- Can grab something or someone to help get over/through/under obstacles that lie ahead
- Can basically run, walk, climb, jump, crawl, pull, lift, drag or push!
Worried about safety out on the course? All obstacles have been structurally certified to withstand the rigors of the Western Mudd Rush.
Overall, a fun experience with great people – I’ll definitely be back next year, and maybe even sign myself to a few other obstacle courses while I’m at it. I can see why they are addictive to those who conquer them – because really, who doesn’t like to conquer challenges and come out winning and strong?
Also visit the Obstacle Racers website to get further information on all obstacle events held in WA and the rest of Australia.