Source: Courtesy of Tough MudderTough Mudder volunteers for 2016
Volunteers are needed for the 2016 Tough Mudder Missouri, a top-of-the-line 10-to-12-mile mud and obstacle course competition, that will be hosted in October, and is expected to draw thousands of contestants to Sedalia. Volunteer coordinator Susan Mergen is looking for locals who will be on hand to help during the two day competition event.
The event is proclaimed the as “probably the toughest event on the planet” by the Tough Mudder website.
“Tough Mudder is … designed to drag you out of your comfort zone by testing your physical strength, stamina, and mental grit. With no podiums, winners, or clocks to race against, it’s not about how fast you can cross the finish line. Rather, it’s a challenge that emphasizes teamwork, camaraderie, and accomplishing something almost as tough as you are.”
The Sedalia Convention and Visitors Bureau is the local organizing committee and two hundred volunteers are needed to help out with the competition that will take place on the Missouri State Fairgrounds the weekend of Oct. 8 and 9.
“Some people will be in it to compete, some people will be in it to complete,” Mergen said on Friday. “Some are competitive and they are racing against the clock and others are just hoping to complete it. You’ve got to be in pretty good physical shape.
“It’s climbing, it’s jumping, it’s crawling, it’s running, it’s muddy, it’s wet, and it’s fun,” she added. “They’re taking over the whole fairgrounds on both sides of Clarendon (Road).”
Mergen said there are “all sorts of perks” for being a volunteer at the event.
“Especially if you plan to compete in it,” she noted. “There’s a pretty nice discount with your registration fee. You can volunteer Saturday morning and compete in it Saturday afternoon or vice versa or even on Sunday. I would really encourage people who plan to do the event to volunteer.”
Mergen said Tough Mudder anticipates 4,500 participants on Saturday and 650 on Sunday with a projection of 900 spectators. When volunteers apply they are able to choose varied positions during the event such as working at registration or working on the obstacle course.
“I think the most fun job would be at the finish line,” Mergen said. “They get this headband upon completion, and they are muddy, and they are excited, and you get to cheer them on. It’s just a lot of support.”
Mergen said volunteers sign up online on the Tough Mudder website. They are given choices of which areas and days they want to volunteer and are also asked if they have any medical or water safety experience. After registering volunteers will take a online training course followed by a quiz.
“It’s kind of fun, the quiz is funny because they put in some silly answers, but they really want you to understand the whole concept,” she noted.
Some of the other perks of being a volunteer are a free tee-shirt, a meal, and, if you are 21 or older, one free beer. Volunteers also receive free parking and free admission.
“I am just telling all my friends, and I’m putting it on Facebook, and I’m telling them to share it,” Mergen said. “Because, I think this is going to be the biggest event of this kind to hit Sedalia. It’s the only one in the state of Missouri. They picked Sedalia, that’s huge. As a community we want to support it, it’s a great family event.”
The 2016 Tough Mudder Missouri will be hosted at the Missouri State Fairgrounds Oct 8 and 9. Those interested in being a volunteer may register online at https://toughmudder.com, click on Learn More, then click on Volunteers. For local questions contact Volunteer Coordinator Susan Mergen at 287-0867.
Faith Bemiss can be reached at 530-0289 or @flbemiss.