Now Kyle is a prior Army guy and so his version of extreme is different than mine. To be safe I said, “No – not really.” He gave me an unconvinced look and said, “I think you’d be interested in this.”
That’s when I watched the Tough Mudder video online and Kyle and I hatched our idea about representing Access Pass & Design at the Tough Mudder: NorCal 2011. It was to take place at Squaw Valley USA on September 17th and 18th.
Over the next few weeks we planned our costumes (which didn’t involve much in the way of clothing as you can see), analyzed the obstacles we would face, and practiced our body painting. We tried, in vain, to convince some of our fellow APDs to run with us.
We endured 11 miles of running and hiking through the High Sierra of Squaw Valley. Starting in the Village, the Tough Mudder route took us on a winding course to the top of both the Palisades and KT22, through an elephant-sized bucket of ice-water, over 12 foot walls, through snow, into mud, underwater tunnels, over and under barbed wire, over a 20 ft jump into an icy alpine lake, along a 4 inch wide, 40 ft long plank above a frigid pond, and through a gauntlet of electrodes charged with 10,000 Volts.
Through it all we wore an RFID shoe bracelet that tracked our progress and posted to our Facebook. Our pain became the viewing pleasure of our friends, and Kyle and I became the real-life users of event technology we help to produce every day. It was fitting.
Dos Equis was a sponsor of the event and immediately after finishing we were each awarded our orange Tough Mudder headband, event T-shirt, and a cold, dark, incredible Dos Equis XX. It tasted wonderful.
And while it was just Kyle and me this year, we’ve convinced a number of the APD Team to join us next year. The real question is, can the Tough Mudder handle more of us in our eye-catching, skin-baring costumes?
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p.s. Have you run a Tough Mudder? Did they have RFID? Tell us about your experience!