‘Mudders’ should expect rougher and tougher course

Organizers of the ‘Rough N’ Tough Against Hunger’ event are promising even more challenging obstacles to go along with the popular ones from last year like the barbwire crawl.

Last year, the Cambridge New Hope Community Church took a gamble by organizing a new, unique (for this area) method of raising money for Family Pathways. Instead of their usual corn on the cob sales, the church decided to utilize their over 25 acres of land and put together the ‘Rough N’ Tough Against Hunger’ – an extreme course made up of 22 challenging obstacles such as a hay pyramid, rope cross, “lily pads,” plus several very muddy ones including the barbed wire crawl.

That gamble paid off big time as hundreds of participants happily trudged their way through the course, helping the church raise $3,000 for the local food shelf. In fact, the immediate reviews of the event were so positive that plans began for this year’s running just days after the conclusion of last year’s.

With that time and feedback, organizers had ample opportunity to tweak any sort of glitches from last year’s event, plus come up with even more obstacles and ways to make this year’s course even more challenging.

The biggest addition for this year is the option to sign up for officially timed, competitive heats, which will kick off the event from 8-9 a.m. 

After that, the heats, which start every 15 minutes, will be available for the runners who just want to compete against themselves. In addition, because of the popularity of last year’s event, the event itself has been extended, with the final heat taking to the course at 12:30 p.m.

Organizers have also upped the ante, increasing the number of obstacles to over 25. Besides the popular ones, including the famous fire hurdles, there will be a “mud warm up,” “quick sand,” and two “slip and slides.” However, the organizers do emphasize that the obstacles are subject to change.

Organizers are hoping to up the ante on the amount of money donated to Family Pathways as well, noting that the startup costs for last year’s inaugural event were much greater than the costs will be to recreate the course this year.

Registration for the event, scheduled for Saturday, July 20 (come rain or shine), can be done until July 18 at roughntough.org. For questions or more information, contact the organizers at roughntoughnh@gmail.com.

Clarification: participants are only able to register for the earliest starting time that hasn't been filled up at the time of registration. Starting times will only be extended to as late as 12:30 p.m. if all other starting times have been filled up. Additionally, the competitive heat will take place at 8:45 a.m.


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