MECA Fall 2015 Mud Run Pre-Blast

The time is now to register for the Superbowl of F3 events: The Leatherneck Mud Run! This biannual event is a chance for 500+ F3 Brothers from hundreds of AOs across the Southeast to gather and take on a 6 mile 30+ obstacle course in teams of 4. This if for any and all ability and fitness levels from the super intense Busted Paw and Forged Hammer competitors to those of us just looking to survive. If you’ve never been then you need to experience the thrill of a 500+ Ball of Man. If you’ve been before then you already know how incredible the Mud Run experience is and want to improve on last year’s time and compete for the coveted Forged Hammer.

There is a lot of information below, much of which was gathered from Chowder’s (hat tip) post from last year. I’ve tried to break it down by when you’ll need to know the information so you can check back as it gets closer to the run.

I will periodically post updates and will add comments when I do. HC or comment below to follow the post and get all the updates.

NOW: Registration
– Click here to register for the Mud Run
– Important!: Once you register send me an e-mail ( with your name and team of 4. If you don’t have a team yet or don’t have a complete team, don’t worry just sign up and we’ll start forming teams.
– Check out the F3 pre-blast here for info on the mud run and updates

Mud Run Description
– Leave Saturday morning around 5AM for Columbia, SC
– Arrive and F2 with hundreds of F3 brothers at the F3 tent
– Ball of Man and Operating Enduring Warrior check presentation – see more info on the donation to Operation Enduring Warrior on the F3 pre-blast here
– Race starts – teams leave in about 1 minute intervals
– 6 miles and 30+ obstacles later finish the race (see detailed description in the Wiki-Mud link below)
– Enjoy the F3 tent and beer boat (beer, water and sports drinks provided and food can be purchased on site)
– Attempt to rinse off some of the mud in the coldest outdoor showers ever
– Group photo and presentation of the Busted Paw trophy to the fastest F3 team
– Head to bus for a MECA photo and presentation of the Forged Hammer to the fastest MECA team
– Head back to Charlotte and enjoy the F2 (bring your own food and beverages) and arrive back around 3PM

Helpful Links
Here are a couple links if you want to brush up on your Mud Run strategery:
– The Wiki-Mud: The ultimate Mud Run Strategy guide for each obstacle and all skill levels
– How to Beat the Leatherneck by Purple Crayon
– Why the MudRun is a Big Deal
– Tips for MudRun Rookies
– The F3 Gear Store powered by MudGear

Now Until Mud Run: Prep
– Get your 4 man team together or sign-up as an individual and form teams
– Encourage others to sign up!
– Come up with a team name, the more creative the better
– Post at workouts! Whether it’s running or strength training it will all help get you in shape
– You can practice some of the obstacles: army crawls, over and under fences, running on hills, climbing walls, check out the Wiki Mud below for all the obstacles

Week of Mud Run: Prep
– Don’t do anything stupid in workouts this week
– Don’t do anything stupid Friday night (e.g., drink too much, try that new Kurdish restaurant, etc.)
– Don’t do anything stupid Saturday morning (e.g., eat something you don’t usually eat before a tough workout; yes you’ll be muddy out there but don’t make people ask questions as a result of your GI issues)
– Make sure your team captain has your cell phone number (captains – get your teammates’ digits)
– MECA will be representing in Badass Black F3 shirts if you got ’em (coordinate color with your captain if you don’t, but usually a comfortable, fitted technical/wicking shirt works best)
– Knee-high, non-cotton socks are recommended as are trail run sneakers, snuggly tied and double-knotted (duct taped if you prefer); gloves are also a personal preference
– Probably a good idea to remove rings of all varieties – look up the term “degloving” and I think you’ll agree.
– Captains: please print the Waiver found by clicking here and bring it with you

Friday: What to Pack
– A trash bag: for your muddy, wet, nasty stanky-smelling clothes and shoes (there is an option to donate your shoes after the event if you prefer)
– Change of dry clothes and shoes/flip-flops
– An old (but clean) towel (check with the M to be safe), soap, sample size shampoo if you want
– Cash: unlike past years, there will not be an ATM on site
– Food/fuel/hydration: there will be food for sale on site afterward and some food/Gatorade/water at the F3 tent, but any pre-race food (bagel, granola bar, etc.), fuel (gels, etc.) or hydration is up to you
– Beer: there is a #BeerBoat (follow on Twitter @F3BeerBoat) at the F3 Tent for post-race F3Nation libations, but if you want anything for the ride back to Charlotte, please make arrangements to consolidate in a few coolers; We can’t have 30 coolers on the bus and IMPORTANT: NO GLASS
– Your AO’s shovel flags!
– Captains: please print the Waiver found by clicking here and bring it with you

Saturday Departure: Departure Details

– Details on the bus(es) will be posted later, check back here for information to reserve a spot on the bus, the time the bus is leaving, and location to meet up

Saturday Pre-Race: Operation Enduring Warrior contribution
-After the race and amidst your cleanup and some quality 2nd F, make sure you don’t miss the presentation of the F3 Giant Check to Operation Enduring Warrior.  You may have contributed when you originally registered, but we will also be taking up a cash collection on the bus on the way down.  Check them out by clicking here.

Saturday Race
-Start times will be posted later, check back here for a link.
-The Waiver (print, sign and bring with you Saturday morning) can be found by clicking here.

Saturday Post-Race: The Forged Hammer
-The Forged Hammer will once again be awarded/presented to the fastest MECA Region team and will be presented prior to re-boarding for our return to Charlotte.

Saturday Return: Return Trip
-We will begin to gather sometime around/after noon for the return trip home.  Please pay attention when you see people starting to gather back at the buses.  We will get a Region photo and present the Forged Hammer prior to re-loading.  Again, pay attention during roll call – we don’t want to leave anyone behind or have to track you down because you’re on the wrong bus or weren’t paying attention.  And again, if you are not riding the bus home, you MUST tell me before you leave.  We should arrive home sometime between 2-3pm.

Any other questions, comments or insights, please sound off in the comments below or e-mail me here.

Now get your head right and see you in the gloom on October 24th!

Chicken Strip (
MECA Region Mud Run Q


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