20. Mystery Obstacle: If I told you what this was I would ruin the mystery, right?! Just kidding. This obstacle played on fear of heights. We climbed up to the top of what looked to be the backside of a half pipe. Then you had to crawl in to a smoke filled space completely dark. The only exit was down the dark tube below you. Literally a 6ft drop before you curved down. Like a slide on steroids. It was much scarier than I thought it would be. To add insult to injury there was no cover once you emerged out the other end, so everyone who finished the obstacle hung back to watch the faces of those who had just taken the plunge. Pure fear. and sore tailbones.
21. Kinky Tunnels: Not difficult unless you had a fear of the dark or closed spaces. Crawl along the rocky ground along the twists and turns of a dark tunnel. More bleeding knees in the process. Another instance where my gloves came in handy.
22. Turd's Nest: Crawl across a big cargo net while a guy laughs and sprays you with a high pressure hose. Simple enough. I would say, the best strategy to get across this one is not to crawl but actually roll across. Less chance of having a limb slip through the net. And stay away from the guy with the hose.
23. Everest: By this point in the race we were totally hyped up. We knew we were nearing the end of the race and only had a few challenges left. Everest meant running up the side of a half pipe. A really tall half pipe. I saw a few people managed to pull themselves up on their own, but for the most part, you had to run at the ramp as fast as you could, then have someone grab you to help pull you up. If you fell, well, you hurt yourself. This obstacle had the largest crowd and longest wait. Probably because it was such a slow process to pull people up, and many people had to try a few times before they made it. Luckily it was sponsored by suchandsuch a company, who took a picture automatically as we ran up.
It was time to celebrate!!
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- Train for this event- They are not kidding when they say it's tough. The biggest surprise was the actual distance run. The hills were steep and we saw many people drop out because their calves seized up on the uphill.
- Wear gloves/goggles: I bought some $3 work gloves from Home Depot. Fabric material with the fronts dipped in rubber. Useful for gripping and not cutting up your hands. I didn't have goggles but saw many people did.
- Think outside the box: Monkey bars? Use your hands and feet. Steep up hill? Run backwards to save your calves. Steep down? Slide on your bum. Use your teammates and help others out. If an obstacle is too tough, think of another way to do it.
- Don't wear bulky clothes: Things get wet very quickly in the race and it will only drag you down. The less weight, the better. No water bottles, fanny packs, backpacks, etc. Unless you are wearing a costume. In which case I commend you.
- Bring warm clothes for after the race: that was our fault. It's autumn, and we left most of our warm clothes back in the car. You need to bundle up after the race and those little foil blankets only do so much!