Mile 27: 2015 Obstacle Awards

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It seems like we just did this doesn’t it? Obstacle awards are a lot of fun, but it’s difficult to pick the winner. Each race should be proud that they offer awesome such awesome obstacles! The award categories are: The Favorite Obstacle, The Hardest Obstacle, The Bizarre Obstacle and The Worst Obstacle. This year I’m adding a new category: The Craziest Obstacle. For each one I’ll give brief explanation of my reasoning and a few honorable mentions.

The Favorite Obstacle

This award goes to…Platinum Rig of the BattleFrog 8k. I really enjoyed this obstacle because it was different, challenging and fun. It’s not as easy as it appears and as I’ve said before you need to have a plan before attempting.

Honorable Mentions: Tyrollean Traverse (Spartan Sprint) and Everest 2.0 (Tough Mudder)

The Hardest Obstacle

This award goes to…Everest 2.0 of the Tough Mudder. This was an obstacle I wanted to conquer. Running up a half pipe isn’t easy, but having the team there to help me over makes all the difference. This was a highlight moment for me.

Honorable Mentions: Bucket Brigade (Spartan Sprint) and Sand Bag Carry (Spartan Sprint)

The Bizarre Obstacle

This award goes to…Beached Whale of the Tough Mudder. Just Imagine a 30ft air-filled whoopie cushion and trying to crawl up and over it. There are a few You Tube videos out there on this obstacle if you can’t imagine what this obstacle looks like. You’ll see the name is fitting.

Honorable Mentions: Cry Baby (Tough Mudder) and Gorilla Bars (The Zombie Fun Run)

The Worst Obstacle

This award goes to…Barbed Wire Crawl of the Spartan Sprint. Not only was it painful, but it was difficult to navigate. It seemed like it would never end. I really don’t want to experience this obstacle again. Who am I kidding? I know I’ll be back again!

Honorable Mentions: Electroshock Therapy (Tough Mudder) and Bucket Brigade (Spartan Sprint)

The Craziest Obstacle

This award goes to…Electroshock Therapy of the Tough Mudder. You have to be some sort of nut to attempt this obstacle. Does anyone really enjoy being electric shocked?

Honorable Mentions: Mud Mounds 2.0 (Tough Mudder) Mud Mounds (Warrior Dash) and Platinum Rig (BattleFrog 8k)

Well, there you have it. All the awards have been determined. It appears Tough Mudder and Spartan Sprint are running the show. Maybe, that’s the reason for their first and second overall rankings? Let me know about your obstacle awards.

In the next mile I’ll post my outlook for 2016. It’s going to be a very busy year!

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