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Mud Day Race Arrives in Tel Aviv

Picture of Luke Bradshaw
Sports Editor
Updated: 27 March 2017

Tourists and Israelis alike got down and dirty in Tel Aviv as the city hosted the country’s first Mud Day race.

Altogether, roughly 5,000 people gathered in the main park of the Israeli city, with some coming form France, Germany, Poland, as well as the United States. Those willing to take on the challenge had to fight their way through 22 different obstacles, including climbing hills, squeezing under wire, scaling walls, swinging between ropes and crawling through freezing, icy water spread out over 13km (8 mi.).
Founded in Paris in 2013, the Mud Day series has already passed through Spain, Belgium, France and Switzerland. Contestants can compete alone, or as part of a team, safe in the knowledge that although they will end up completely exhausted, their skin will be smooth and sensual after its all-over exfoliation.
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Contestants, or ‘Mud Guys’, are all out to prove their endurance and strength, although as seems to often be the case with such events, there is plenty of moral support and camaraderie, cheering each other to the finish line.

The event also inlcudes The Village, an area set up to offer support before and after the race itself. It’s where competitors warm-up and psyche themselves up before the race, where they collapse in exhaustion afterwards – although there are sumo bouts and tugs-of-war for those that still need to prove themselves – as well as all the food and drink needed to recuperate.

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Mud Day Obstacles:

Mud Mountains: Heaven for every Mud Guy, the mud mountains get bigger with each one and require lots of teamwork.

Tarzan Style: Only a strict balance between strength and agility will ensure, although a bit of luck always helps too.

Got Biceps: This is one of the most difficult obstacles of event and requires good amounts of upper body strength. Make sure you hit the pull-ups and push-ups in preparation.

Ice Crime: The obstacle feared by all Mud Guys. A complete immersion at a chilling 5°C (41° F).

Slippery Slope: The purpose is to find the best team strategy to catch the rope and climb the slope, and out of all the obstacles, this probably requires the most teamwork out of them all.

The Mud Way: A narrow and dark tunnel, with a horrible fall into the wet afterwards.

Sweet Shocks: You have no chance to avoid getting shocked so just run and bear it.

Mud Bath: An aquatic passage in dark brown water, a safe bet.

Mud Wrap: Large pipes to cross covered with mud.

Mud Walls: Solidarity will be your only hope to pass these walls, otherwise you’ll be slipping all the way down.

Crawling Time: A classic of obstacle races: with your nose stuck in thick mud, the only solution will be to go straight, as fast as possible.