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Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 3:00 pm

It’s an event that’s appropriately named.

The Tough Mudder, which can best be described as a grueling 11-mile obstacle course full of mud and many other challenges, recently came to Missouri.

The event’s website, www.toughmudder.com, described it as “probably the toughest event on the planet.”

In further details, the website says “Tough Mudder events are hard core 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. With the most innovative courses, half a million inspiring participants, and more than $3 million raised for the Wounded Warrior Project, Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world.”

Seven area athletes, all of whom train at the Four Rivers Area Family YMCA in Washington, made the trip to Poplar Bluff on Oct. 13 to give the Tough Mudder their best shot.

Competing were David Cox, Brandy Kimminau, Adam Koch, Heather Henderson, Greg Birkmann, Adam Smith and Melissa Brown.

Approximately 200 to 300 people competed in each heat of the two-day event.

There were roughly 26 obstacles scattered throughout the course that included mud, fire, ice-water and 10,000 volts of electricity.

To paint a mental picture, each obstacle had a name. Some of them included Bale Bonds, Braveheart Charge, Berlin Walls, Cliffhanger, Devils Beard, Electric Eal, Funkey Monkey, Gauntlet and Greased Lightning.

It was far from just a walk in the park.

Just to get to the starting line, participants had to climb an 8-foot wall.

Once everyone was at the starting line, the master of ceremonies gave a motivational speech, which was needed.

Music also was played during the event. Anything to help the participants through the course helped.

It’s impossible to fight the Tough Mudder alone.

Instead, it takes a boost and a push from friends and teammates to get over walls as high as 12 feet and through underground mud tunnels — all when you’re body is soaked with water and mud.

Cox, Koch and Kimminau, all Washington natives, had plenty to say about experiencing Tough Mudder for the first time.

“You’re not just going through all of these different obstacles, which is challenging enough, but you’re pushing yourself through mud that’s up to your knees and your waist,” said Cox, an avid rugby player in the area. “There were random mud pits everywhere. It was very competitive. It’s no joke.”

Koch, a former Washington High School football player, said he was challenged right off the bat.

“The second obstacle on the course was a pit probably 6 feet deep that was full of ice water. It was brutal,” Koch said. “It was tough, but I loved it. The best part was looking forward to what was coming up next.”

Kimminau pushed her way through the course as well, but agreed that it took teamwork.

“As a girl, there was no way I could climb over those walls by myself. It definitely took teamwork. You’re forced to work as a team, which made it fun going through the obstacles, ” Kimminau said. “I’ve run in a couple of half-marathons, but this was definitely the hardest thing physically I’ve ever done. There was a lot of walking, crawling and jumping.”

The Tough Mudder is much different than Muddy Buddy and Warrior Dash.

It’s three times as long and requires supreme athletic ability and mental toughness.

“You definitely have to be in shape. You have to train and prepare for it,” Cox said. “It takes a lot of upper-body strength.”

It took the local YMCA team four hours and 15 minutes to finish the race, which all seven of them did.

“There’s no down time,” Koch said. “I think everyone in our heat finished the race, but it takes a lot of work. There’s a lot of climbing and jumping. Sometimes you have to carry each other.”

So why would anyone want to put themselves through this for better than four hours?

“I was looking for a physically demanding challenge and definitely found one. From start to finish, it was very challenging,” Cox said.

“I had a blast. I guess I just like beating the crap out of myself. It was an eye-opening experience. I can’t wait for the next one,” Koch added.

“One thing I really liked was not only does it donate to the Wounded Warrior Project, but there were also wounded warriors competing,” Kimminau said. “It was neat to see them out there and help them when they needed it.”

The YMCA team stayed together throughout the race.

“We all finished together,” Koch said.

Originally, Koch and Kimminau had just planned to compete, but wisely recruited some teammates at the YMCA.

“Adam took the initiative to put the team together,” Cox said.

“I met everyone on our team here at the Y,” Kimminau said. “I’m glad we got the team together. We all supported each other and helped each other through it.”

Koch was quick to answer the question of whether there will be another appearance in the Tough Mudder.

“Absolutely. I’ll do it again. There’s one in April in St. Louis and one in September in Kansas City. I’ll do both,” Koch said. “I encourage everyone to give it a try. You just have to train and prepare for it. And don’t do it alone. Bring friends.”

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Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge 80, Lutheran South 59

^Borgia 46, Washington 43 (OT)

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game — St. Clair vs. Northwest   2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation — Union vs. Hillsboro    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game — Washington vs. Lutheran South   5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship — Borgia vs. Rock Bridge    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union 66, Wentzville Liberty 31

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Lutheran South 55, Pacific 49

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — Holt 63, St. Clair 49

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington 61 Warrenton 50

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament

Wrestling

Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games

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