In The Arena

10 modern day Gladiators take on Tough Mudder Las Vegas 2013

Gladiator fight, Ancient Rome

It is said that Tough Mudder is, “probably the toughest event on the planet.”

Their website says, “Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie.” toughmudder.com

This past weekend Art of Adventure helped sponsor a team of 12 to participate in this grueling event. Teddy Roosevelt, President, Enviromental Activist and Warrior had this to say about those who endeavor to challenge themselves as did the gladiators of old and to those who would ignore, distain and make fun of them.

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

The name of this adventurous group is Muddy Mudskippers. This group of modern day gladiators was in the arena this past Saturday as Teddy Roosevelt would say.

Tough Mudder is an extreme and difficult event and even before the team arrived 1 person was knocked out with a personal issue that prevented them from coming. One person came down with the flu and was unable to participate. And one was being treated for strep throat.

10 eventually started but as with most extreme sports there were casualties. Early on, one of the strongest team members was sidelined with a game ending ankle injury. Later heat stroke temporarily waylaid one of the women team members. Others ended up with numerous scratches, cuts and bruises.

But high heat, 40-50 mph wind gusts, 12 miles of rugged terrain and 20 plus obstacles were not enough to keep them from being together at the end. No not even Electroshock Therapy. See the team member below enjoying the final obstacle.

Tough Mudder 10,000 Volts

This tough team endured it all and truly understand Teddy Roosevelt’s Man In The Arena quote. Below are before and after shots.

BeforeMuddy Mudskippers beforeTeam Muddy Mudskippers.
Back Row L-R – Ashlie, Travis, Tyler, Kelly, Scott, Alex and Glenn.
Front Row L-R – Chloe, Lori, and Jordana.
AfterMuddy Mudskippers AfterTeam Muddy Mudskippers.
Back Row L-R – Kelly, Tyler, Travis, Glenn, Scott, Ashlie and Lori.
Front Row L-R Alex (middle) Jordana and Chloe

Art of Adventure could not be prouder of this group and to be a associated with them.
Hopefully they will inspire others to take on tough challenges, endure to the end and to
Explore The Adventurous Life.

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Gladiator Photo – Science Photo Library