So – Tough Mudder is coming to a city near you? And the kids want in on the mud action too? you are in luck, because Mini Mudder is a shortened obstacle run made with kids in mind! And it is such a unique and fun way for kids to get into the Tough Mudder spirit!
Here are a few tips for doing the Mini Mudder …
7 Tips for Doing the Mini Mudder:
1.Wear close fitting Clothes – Kids can wear what they want, but since the race includes quite a bit of crawling and jumping into mud – it will help your kiddo if they dont have to wear dripping oversize wet clothes as they crawl and compete. If they have long hair, I’d also suggest pulling it out of their face so they don’t need to worry about it on the run. Have an old pair of sneakers? Those would be great, since you should be prepared for your child …and their clothes to come home full of mud!
Put them in clothes you don’t care that much about. Or that you know you can just throw into the washer!
2. Be sure to get to the starting line ahead of your wave time – There is a fun warm up that happens as the wave time draws near. Tough Mudder Staff will start to get kids pumped up and ready!
So be sure to assemble at the starting line around 10 minutes before your wave starting time.
3. Parents can cheer on kids from the outer perimeter of the race – Parents that want to cheer on their kids can do that! Just stay outside of the race lanes. Kids tend to start the race strong, but after a lap or two – it’s really helpful for them to have someone on the sidelines telling them they can finish strong! And parents are sure to catch amazing photos of their Mini Mudders!
4. Use Team Work – We have done the Mini Mudder Race for two years, and both years were slightly different. This year, there was an added emphasis on team work, which in theory was great. For instance there was a leg of the race where kids had to find a partner to “wheel barrow” to the next obstacle. But it also had some down sides in my opinion, when it came to kids getting up a ramp that is the highlight of the course.
In past years there were Tough Mudder staff that were on the top to help grab kids hands, and give them help over. That worked great, and kids seemed very empowered by getting up the ramp. This year, no adult was stationed on top. And kids were expected to stay on the top once they got up – lending their hands to fellow racers in a similar way to how the adult obstacles work. For our group this year, that ended up being frustrating for many kids because small kids could not adequately grab older kids to help them up. And kids ended up in a blob, waiting for multiple tries up the ramp. My advice? If the MiniMudder you go to, does not have an adult helping at that obstacle top when you arrive – I suggest you help your child to locate some other kids in the group that are of similar size to them, that could be allies on that obstacle. If they have a plan to help each other before starting the race, that may help that portion of the challenge be less frustrating to complete.
5. Bring a change of clothes – It turns out after your race, mud gets pretty cold! Make sure your Mini Mudder participant has some dry clothes they can change into after their race! It will make getting a bite to eat, shopping the vendors, and enjoying the Tough Mudder atmosphere much more enjoyable if they are not still covered in mud! And there is a lot to see and do there – so plan to wander a bit, before or after your race!
6. Be sure to stay and watch the Tough Mudder Participants coming in – If you can stay and take a seat to watch the adult Tough Mudder participants running into the finish – you will not regret it! Not only does it help Mini Mudder participants to see what they can do when they get older – and get inspired! But it also is a total hoot to watch!
Some Tough Mudders will even choose to go through an obstacle that shocks them. And a Tough Mudder MC hilariously narrates the whole event!
It’s a lot of fun!
7. Just do it – Not sure if Mini Mudder is for your kiddo? It is! When do kids these days get to be off screens, and in the muck and mud? It just happens less frequently nowadays, doesn’t it? This is the ultimate playing outside! Kids leave with such a renewed sense of self worth, and empowerment. And have such fun. I really encourage you to sign your kiddo up for Mini Mudder when it comes near where you live.
You won’t soon forget the memories you make there!
For more info on Tough Mudder: https://toughmudder.com/
For more info on Mini Mudder: https://toughmudder.com/mini-mudder
Thanks to Tough Mudder for providing tickets to Mini Mudder to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.