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Life may be tough, but nothing compares to Tough Mudder
For the first time ever, the world's toughest obstacle race makes it way to South Australia and pops up in the normally sublime Langhorne Creek region. However on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th December there will be nothing sublime about Langhorne Creek, when the natural beauty of the Fleurieu Peninsula is replaced by an unnatural surface of something that has no other better description other than MUD.
South Australia's first-ever Tough Mudder isn't for the faint of heart. This December, Langhorne Creek will see the works with the Tough Mudder organisers bringing their iconic obstacles and some new ones fresh from the United States. For any average person, wine country is about to be transformed into whine country. But the full blooded Tough Mudders will conquer the wicked mud from the Bremer River Floodplains, plough through the thick scrub and tackle the open farmland with guts, grit and glory.
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For those unsure, Tough Mudder is an 18-20km obstacle race, combining running, climbing, jumping, crawling, pulling, pushing and of course mud. Marketed as the toughest obstacle race in the world, it is easy to see why the event earns that accolade.
Tough Mudder obstacle races commenced in the United States in 2010, and since that time over 1.3 million have participated in events in the US, UK and Australia. Courses have been designed and created by British Special Forces to test the mental strength as well as the physical strength of participants with obstacles that often play on common human fears, such as fire, water, electricity and heights. The Tough Mudder organization values camaraderie throughout the course, designing obstacles that encourage group participation, helping others complete the course, putting teammates before themselves, and overcoming fears.
Monies raised in Australia go towards helping the efforts of Legacy, a charity that provides services to Australian families suffering financially and socially after the incapacitation or death of a spouse or parent, during or after their defence force service. Legacy currently cares for around 90,000 widows and 1,900 children and disabled dependants throughout Australia
So if you are looking for the ultimate challenge, head on down to Langhorne Creek and become a Tough Mudder. Entrance fees vary from $230 on the day, to lesser fees for earlier bookings. Occasionally there are tickets available on some of the discount coupon websites.
And for a small fee, spectators are also welcome to watch the event unfold, and to gain an appreciation of the efforts of soldiers in years gone by.
Little known fact : "Lest we forget" was first used as a phrase in Rudyard Kipling's 1897 poem called "Recessional". It proved to be extremely prophetic, and from the conclusion of World War One the phrase commenced regular use every Remembrance Day .