The idea for The Mudder came from farm owner and course designer Andrew Stewart. In 2013 Andrew came up with the concept of a unique mud run to take advantage of the unique terrain of his family’s Rangitikei Farm. This landscape is naturally hilly and by creating a course that also took in some of the unique geographical features, such as swamps, dams and springs, he was able to deliver something truly unique to mud runners in New Zealand. The course winds its way through a working sheep and beef farm so entrants are sharing the course with sheep, cattle, horse and some coloured pet sheep. Being in such close proximity to farm animals just adds to the unique flavour of this event.
While there are some man-made obstacles to test entrants, the obstacles that truly challenge are the natural ones. Here are some of the favourites from the previous three years:
Slog through a bog: Leaving the flatter part of the course behind, the first creek crossing turns into a hands and knees slog up through a spring fed bog. This little gem turns from grassy gold to gut busting gloop after the first few punters have been through, but always gets laughter and smiles and of course everyone gets filthy.
Rubber Island: Leaping across (or through) a water hazard, entrants find themselves on a spongy, floating island that moves with each step. This is a unique geographical feature that creates a sense of bouncing on water. Getting off the island is not easy and requires a slippery struggle through waist high mud.
Monster Mac: The knarled roots of a 100+ year old Macrocarpa tree provide a technical challenge to scramble over as the course winds back down to the first creek. This old tree could be straight out of a Hobbit movie and has a trunk and branches that have to be seen to be believed.
Slip and slide: Leaving the hills behind is a great feeling so why not celebrate with a super, slippery slide. Or two. Or three….
The short course is about 3km long, the full course about 5km and those that wish to really challenge themselves can do the two lap course which is about 8km.
Map of the course (click image to expand)[/caption]
8am – 10am: Registrations and bib collecting will be open at the Rangitikei Farmstay woolshed, 498 Makuhou Road. Entrants will also be able to purchase food and drinks if required both before and after the event.
10am: The Mudder briefing
10:10am: Warm up session. Get loose and limber to some funky beats with a personal trainer on stage to get the blood pumping.
10:15am: 8km course start.
10:20am: 5km course start: There will be multiple waves in this class.
10:30am: 3km course start.
Prizegiving will take place after the last entrants are off the course so everyone can enjoy.