A few weekends ago, I was crawling through muddy pits, swinging from tires, and careening down a slide into an icy pool. Somehow I managed to convince four of my pals to join me in these antics at Mudderella in Whistler. They’re the best, and share my passion for donning crazy costumes and entering fun running events. We realized a long time ago we could never win on speed so we put our efforts into costume design. The Walking Dead Mudders were a hit, and unlike some of our pretty lululemon-clad competitors, our look just kept getting better the dirtier and more tattered we got.
Some of you may have heard about, or participated in Tough Mudder. Mudderella is an offshoot of this event, designed for women. It involves a 10 km muddy run through an obstacle course that challenges balance, strength, stamina, and mental fortitude. It’s not as hard core as Tough Mudder but it ain’t no girly event either. Fellas are allowed to participate provided they’re invited by a registered female participant.
I love the photo above. Due to a family emergency, I had to drive up to Whistler the morning of the event (my friends had stayed over the night before). I broke all speed records on the Sea to Die Higway (sorry, Sky), frantically changed into my costume in the parking garage, and raced to the Whistler gondola to meet my friends. What a team! They pulled out the makeup bag and had me “zombified” in minutes. Now that’s a scary look (2nd from left)!
We were proud of ourselves for re-purposing our costumes from another amazing event: The Half-Corked Marathon where we won 2nd place as the “Walking Red”. We should have come first, but I’m not bitter…you can read about it here.
We felt that a few of the obstacles were a tad “wimpy”—not quite challenging enough for a bunch of tough zombies. But, here’s a couple of the Dead Mudders having meltdowns on the “Wheels in Motion” obstacle. This was a surprisingly difficult obstacle especially with our tattered skirts getting in the way.
These girls are much prettier than us and I can forgive the event photographers for not taking a photo of the Dead Mudders emerging from an ice-cold pool after plunging down a near vertical slide in an obstacle called “Hat Trick”. It was a shock to the system and we were not a pretty sight, but fortunately we were dead already.
This is another one of my favourite images that expresses the joy we get out of being together and being silly. Actually, I think that’s a grimace I’m sporting, but my partner is having a ball.
I’m definitely cheesed that the photographers didn’t get a photo of the Walking Dead Mudders doing the muddy crawl under the chicken wire. The photo above is pretty good, but unlike these gals, we were down on our hands and knees. Some of us were even whipping mud balls at each other (not popular with everyone)!
The Walking Dead Mudders made it to the end looking none the worse for wear after scaling walls, “down-dogging” across muddy pits, teetering on log balance beams, and meeting up with a black bear. Yes, hard to believe that a bear would want to be anywhere near a mob of loud, crazy women. He didn’t seem impressed, and slowly sauntered off.
That’s it for another great event and lots of belly laughs with my pals.
Oh my goodness you girls take the prize. Not sure how I missed seeing this post when I explored your blog before (and which I will continue to do). Unfortunately for my book club girlfriends you have given me an idea .