Tougher than mud |

Tougher than mud

They ran through dangling electric cords, crawled under barbed wire, sprinted up and over an 18-foot wall, stomped through thick mud and were dipped in freezing green water, but nothing was going to stop the 50-plus competitors from South Yuba Club from finishing the Tough Mudder event Saturday in Truckee.

“Everyone had a lot of fun out there. Everybody was pretty psyched,” said South Yuba Club owner Mike Carville. “I wouldn’t be surprised if the team is even bigger next year.”

From the beginning, participants are challenged both mentally and physically in the 12-mile course littered with 20 different obstacles designed to test one’s grit.

For South Yuba Club lead trainer Kevin Bennett, the Arctic Enema was the toughest test. The Arctic Enema is a giant tank filled with ice and green water designed to shock the body’s system.

“It just numbs you for like 10 minutes after your dive,” he said.

The ice-cold dip in what looked like anti-freeze was just the fourth obstacle on the course.

From there participants made their way through monkey bars, crawled through tubes submerged in muddy water and navigated their way through live electrical cords and many other energy-sapping obstacles.

In the Electric Eel obstacle contestants were made to crawl on their bellies to try to surpass dangling electrical cords that seemed to be everywhere, said Carville.

“It shocked you pretty bad,” he said. “If you were touching the guy next to you and he got shocked, you got shocked.”

The first of the South Yuba Club team finished the course at about two hours and 40 minutes, said Bennett. The final group from South Yuba Club came in at about the six-hour mark.

The Tough Mudder event is not a race, but rather a test of strength and endurance that cultivates a culture of teamwork, said Carville.

Teamwork was the name of the game for the South Yuba Club team as no team member finished alone.

To contact Sports Writer Walter Ford, call (530) 477-4232 or email him at

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