One of the new trends in fitness and running are Mud Runs. Take your pick from the original Mud run, Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash, Spartan DEATH Run, and the list goes on and on. These runs seem like a good time, well, to some anyway. But there are more dangers then you think involved in running these races.
Disease/Infection - Tuberculosis, Staph infection, Flu, Mrsa infection, and other infections and diseases have been related to partaking in mud runs and swimming in the communal waters that come with these.
Injury – Injuries for these races are going far beyond the typical sprained ankle or broken wrist. Back in 2010 a man in the Filthy 5K Mud Run became partially paralyzed after landing in a man-made mud pit. There is another report of a participant in a mud run breaking his neck.
Hypothermia/Heat Exhaustion – Swimming through iced down waters and crawling in freezing steel mud tubes in the dead of winter sounds like a great time! Enjoy that hypothermia that comes after. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are risks any racer takes when running in high temperatures.
Drowning – A man in Texas died from drowning in The Original Mud Run in April of this year. Bulky clothing + Heavy boots + insanely large masses of people in a body of water together = a recipe for disaster.
Here is a snipped from the Crazy Mud Run’s liability release for your reading pleasure:
“I understand that participating in The Crazy Mud Run is a hazardous activity. I acknowledge that The Crazy Mud Run is an extreme test of my physical and mental limits that carries with it inherent risks of physical injury that cannot be eliminated completely, including but not limited to an above-average risk of death and/or serious injury.
I expressly, knowingly and voluntarily assume all of the risks of participating in The Crazy Mud Run. I understand and acknowledge that these risks include, but are not limited to: falls; illness; infection; contact or collision with spectators, personnel, and other pedestrians; contact or collision with motor vehicles or machinery; contact or collision with other participants of varying skill levels; contact and the effects of contact with natural and man-made fixed objects; natural and man-made water, road and surface hazards; close proximity and/or contact with thick smoke and/or open flames; inadequate competition equipment and/or equipment failure; dangers arising from weather conditions, including but not limited to extreme heat, cold, humidity, ice, rain, or fog; imperfect course conditions; and inadequate safety measures.
I understand and acknowledge that these risks may cause harms including, but not limited to: bodily injury, ranging from minor to severe; illness or infection, ranging from minor to severe; physical and/or mental effects of exposure to extreme conditions and circumstances, ranging from minor to severe; temporary or permanent disability; paralysis; death; and property damage or loss.
I understand that the risks of participating in The Crazy Mud Run may be caused in whole or in part by: my own actions or inactions; the actions or inactions of other participants; the actions or inactions of spectators or other pedestrians; and/or the acts, inactions, or negligence of the Released Parties (as defined below). I accept full and sole responsibility for the condition and adequacy of my equipment.”
Hmmmm….. tell me, why do these races seem like a good idea?!?